Madrid | After France and the United Kingdom, the recovery of the epidemic of coronavirus in Spain worried Tuesday that the German has not advised its nationals to vacation in the most affected regions of the country.
The German government has thus called upon to avoid travel “non-essential” and tourist to the Aragon, Navarre and Catalonia, a coastal region popular with international tourists.
This warning comes after that of France on Friday, which recommended to avoid Catalonia, and especially that of the United Kingdom which has reimposed Sunday, a quarantine of two weeks for returning travelers to Spain.
A serious step for the second world tourist destination where the British are the first contingent of tourists.
The Spanish head of government Pedro Sanchez was criticized Monday evening, calling them “inappropriate” and noting that some Spanish regions are very tourist destinations like the Balearic islands and the Canary islands are ” safer than the United Kingdom “.
“We want to send a clear message of confidence “, said Tuesday the spokesman of the government, Maria Jesus Montero, Spain is ” a safe destination that is prepared and reinforced to cope with the virus and to new homes.”
But the british prime minister Boris Johnson has defended Tuesday the decision of its government in the face of the “signs of a second wave” of novel coronavirus in Europe.
“It is our duty to take swift and decisive action to prevent the travellers returning, the spread of the disease here,” he insisted.
Madrid would like to that regions that are very tourist but little affected by the virus such as the archipelagos of the Balearic and Canary islands are exempt from quarantine but has suffered a end of the non-receive of London on this question.
New restrictions to Madrid
Spain, who are officially more than 28 400 deaths caused by the pandemic, has seen a jump in recent weeks the number of cases.
According to the last balance sheet released on Monday on the last seven days, more than 1,800 new cases were detected in average on a daily basis, for both third parties in Aragon and in Catalonia. A number that has almost quadrupled in two weeks.
In this context, the Spanish regions, competent in health matters, continued to take steps to try to contain the epidemic.
That Madrid decided on Tuesday, as almost all of the other regions, to strengthen the mandatory nature of wearing a mask of protection in the street and ” on the terraces “. The meetings should also be limited to ten people on the terraces or in the private homes.
This region also holds loans in two pavilions of the trade fair, which served as a field hospital in march-April, to send new patients to the COVID in case of need.
Catalonia has asked ten days ago the Barcelona to stay with them.
If Spain is the one european country where the number of cases detected relative to the population is the highest, a rebound in contagion takes place in many other european States.
The German Institute de veille sanitaire Robert Koch (RKI) has expressed its “great concern” in the face of the new infections in Germany, a country that was relatively well handled the crisis compared to many of its neighbors.
Faced with an upsurge of “special concern” of the COVID-19, Belgium, for its part, announced Monday a further tightening of the devices, particularly in the province of Antwerp (north), where a curfew will be put in place.
As of Wednesday, the number of people that Belgians are allowed to see closely and on a regular basis in the framework of their “bubble touch” will be lowered from 15 to five, per household, for the next four weeks.
And Greece has announced Tuesday from his side that she was again the mask mandatory in almost all enclosed spaces, in response to a resurgence of the disease, while in France, the circulation of the virus is still ” supported “, according to the authorities.