After months of lockdown, travel restrictions have slowly been eased all over the world. But since tourism has restarted, some areas have now experienced a second spike in coronavirus cases. The number of coronavirus cases in Spain has tripled over the last few weeks since the country eased its lockdown rules.
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Over the weekend, 4,581 new virus cases were recorded in the country.
The cases have been particularly prevalent in Spain’s Catalonia region, which is also home to the country’s third largest city of Barcelona.
The region’s authorities imposed a “voluntary” lockdown on three towns in Catalan.
However, beaches in Barcelona on the weekend reached capacity.
Whitehall sources revealed that they are now monitoring Spain since the outbreaks began.
According to The Sun, it is now looking likely that some regions of the country could be taken off England’s quarantine exemption list.
This would mean that Britons returning from certain regions to England would face 14 days in isolation.
A Whitehall source told The Sun: “Instead of big reviews every three weeks, we will look for a system where countries come on and off as and when we see spikes or drops in cases.”
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However, Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto told Europa Press news agency that cases in Catalonia are already under control.
“With the latest data we have in Aragon and Catalonia we are a bit more optimistic.
“Catalonia has already reduced the number of infections over the last three days.”
Spain’s total coronavirus cases are 313,274.
Italy has also seen a sudden spike in cases which could see lockdown measures reintroduced.
Rome and the region of Lazio have seen the biggest increase in cases.
Lazio Health Commissioner Alessio D’Amato told Telegraph Travel that he is encouraging people to use masks.
He said: “I appeal for the use of masks, otherwise, we’ll have to close down again.”
The country has a total of 244,752 cases, at the time of writing.
Mr D’Amato reported 17 new coronavirus cases on Sunday.
Ten of those cases were from people who had returned to Italy from abroad.
Italy has named arrivals from 13 countries which have been identified as “high risk”.
The countries include: Bangladesh, Chile, Brazil, Peru and Bosnia.
Italy is currently exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
Travellers visiting Italy do not need to self-isolate on arrival unless they have travelled outside the UK in the 14 days prior to arrival in Italy or if they are arriving in Italy from a country for which there are still self-isolation requirements.
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