At the beginning of the year, Spain was one of the worst effected countries in Europe from coronavirus. The country has since managed to get its infection rates under control, even to the point where it even lifted its international travel bans, allowing its tourism sector to restart. But nearing the end of last month, Spain’s coronavirus case rate began to creep up.
This then led the UK to axe the country from its “air bridge” list, meaning that anyone returning from Spain to the UK now has to isolate for 14 days.
Now it has been revealed that Spain has hit a “critical moment”.
The country currently has the worst infection rate in Western Europe, above both the UK and France.
The country recently reported an average of 4,923 new daily cases in the past week.
Spain’s cases per 100,000 people in the country have now hit 95.
Salvador Macip, an expert in health sciences at Catalonia’s Open University said: “It’s a critical moment, we are right at a point where things can get better or worse.”
“This means we have to pull out all the stops to curb outbreaks before they become more serious.”
The sudden surge in cases has led to countries across the world now imposing their own measures on those arriving from Spain.
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Italy has introduced new quarantine measures for travellers returning from Spain.
Some regions of the country have started to put quarantine measures in place for people returning from higher risk countries such as Spain and Greece.
According to AFP, Italian health authorities are concerned that citizens returning from holidays abroad could bring back the virus.
The southern regions of Puglia and Campania have put a 14-day quarantine in place for people travelling from Spain, Greece and Malta.
Reportedly, Sicily could also implement the same measures.
Belgium, which was also axed from the UK’s quarantine exemption list, has banned its citizens from travelling to the regions of Aragon, Lleida, Navarra and Barcelona.
Belgium’s government is recommending people take a PCR test and quarantine if they arrive from Girona, Madrid, Tarragona, Country, La Rioja, Basque, Soria, Castellon, Guadalajara, Murcia, Almeria, Valencia and Balearic Islands.
Greece’s government is also urging its citizens not to travel to Spain, unless it is an emergency.
Germany is advising its citizens to avoid travelling to Aragon, Catalunya and Navarra with travellers arriving needing to either present a negative coronavirus test or quarantine.
Switzerland has put a mandatory quarantine in place from anyone arriving from Romania, Luxembourg and Spain.
However, unlike the UK, they are excluding the Canary and Balearic Islands.
Norway is not recommending its citizens travel to Spain, Austria, France, Belgium, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Andorra.
Anyone returning from those countries to Norway must follow quarantine rules.
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