The National Art Museum of Barcelona. Spain has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases recently.
Spain says the outbreak of new Kovid-19 cases has been isolated and that Britain has ordered the detention of people who suddenly leave the country, after control.
In recent times, the infection has increased rapidly in some parts of Spain as sanctions have been relaxed. Some areas have taken steps, including making facial masks mandatory.
“Spain is safe for Spain and tourists,” the foreign minister said.
Differences in youth, gathering in large numbers, are of particular concern.
France and Germany also saw an increase in new cases as countries began to re-open the latest outbreak and economy.
Angry travelers respond to Spain’s detention rules
Britain’s move to bring in 14 days of self-separation from Spain went into effect on Sunday, hours after the change was announced, angering travelers and travel operators.
The aviation industry has reacted strongly, which is a big setback. Tui, the UK’s largest tour operator, has canceled the mainland Spanish holidays until August 9. British Airways still operates flights, but the move is said to be “confusing thousands of British travel plans”.
However, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb defended the “Swift” decision.
According to Johns Hopkins University research, Spain has more than 272,000 Kovid-19 cases and more than 28,400 deaths confirmed and is one of the countries most affected by the virus.
The number of cases tripled in two weeks, with more than 900 new infections reported on Friday.
Covid-19 cases per 100,000
How does Spain fit in with Europe?
According to the European Union’s Prevention and Control of Disease Control (ECDS), its case rate per 100,000 people is currently 39.4. This compares with the UK rate of 14.6.
Spain is now comparable to Sweden and Portugal, but rates are falling as Spain grows.
Romania (59.7) and Bulgaria (44.8) are significantly higher. Luxembourg is very large, but can be distorted by its small population.
As seen in other countries where an increase in infections has been reported, most of the new cases in Spain are confined to certain areas, including Barcelona, Catalonia and Aragon.
On Sunday, Spanish Foreign Minister Arana Gonzalez Lయాa said the outbreak was completely controlled and expected to be lifted after the ban was lifted.
“Of the Kovid positives in Spain, half of them are asymptomatic, which gives a clear indication of the enormous efforts made in Spain to test Kovid among all its citizens.”
The Canary and Balearic Islands, popular among tourists, have not recorded a resurgence of infection, stressing that they are a “very safe area”. He said authorities would try to persuade the UK government to release him from detention.
London’s decision to re-impose restrictions on Spanish travelers is a new and devastating blow to the country’s tourism industry.
“We know what British tourism means to our country and especially to our region,” said Andalusia Vice President Juan Marin. He described it as “very bad news”, especially for the Costa del Sol, where many British tourists go on vacation.
The number of British tourists visiting Spain this summer is much lower than usual, but there are still thousands of holiday makers who are surprised and disappointed with Britain’s decision.
Some tourist destinations have already been affected due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases. This weekend, the Catalan government ordered the temporary closure of all nightclubs, trying to stop the spread of the virus among young people, which is a specific problem.