Spain holidays: Country unlikely to be added to safe list soon as Catalonia bans travel

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Spain recorded a new one-day record with more than 23,500 coronavirus cases in its biggest daily rise so far, according to Health Ministry data. The country has struggled to control the second wave of the virus which has spread across Spain at an alarming rate. The latest figures show that Spain now has the highest COVID-19 case count in Europe with more than 1.1 million cases.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said that the infection rate is likely to be above three million due to the fact some infections won’t have been captured yet.

The country was plunged into a six-month state of alarm which is unlikely to end until May.

Now, the northeastern region of Catalonia has decided to ban travel in and out of region for 15 days.

The latest decision will also see bars and restaurants close along with cinemas and theatres.

Catalan health chief Alba Verges said: “Our health system cannot deal with this level of stress. It can’t take much more.”

People in the region will no be able to to leave their own region or the municipality on weekends.

The new measures come into effect today.

Health Minister Salvador Illa said: “The government is aware that citizens are tired after months of effort and sacrifices, of not being able to do what they used to do before, to hug people, our family and friends.

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“But it is not the time to relax measures, we have very tough weeks and months ahead of us.”

Currently, countries across Europe including France, Germany and the UK are recording a spike in covid cases.

France has entered another national lockdown which came into force at 11pm last night.

Residents have been asked to remain at home unless it’s for essential work or medical reasons.

Coronavirus cases have spiralled out of control in France recently with the authorities reporting 47,637 new cases yesterday.

Germany is also entering a second “soft” lockdown on Monday.

Bars, restaurants, theatres, swimming pools and gyms will close until the end of November.

Meanwhile, pressure is mounting in England to impose a national lockdown, a circuit-breaker or a “firebreak”, in response to rising coronavirus infections.

Currently, England has a three-tier system of restrictions in place.

Regions are categorised depending on their epidemiological covid rates.

The harshest restrictions are in place in tier 3 which currently includes Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Warrington.

However, the effectiveness of the current three-tier system of restrictions has been called into doubt with experts suggesting a more national approach is needed to address the soaring infection rate.

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