Spanish holidays at risk as Government reassesses quarantine measures

Sunbathers on a beach in Magaluf - Reuters
Sunbathers on a beach in Magaluf – Reuters

The plans of thousands of British holidaymakers are under threat as Spain continues to wrestle with a surge in coronavirus infections. 

On Thursday, Totana, a town of 32,000 in the region of Murcia, was placed in lockdown after a spike in cases linked to a nightclub, while Catalonia and Malaga have also seen recent rises.

The UK Government is due to reassess its “travel corridors” over the weekend and there have been rumours a fresh quarantine could be introduced for travellers returning from Spain.

Lee Hunt, managing director of Deben Travel, said the travel industry needed clear guidance from the Foreign Office. 

“We are receiving no advice from airlines or tour operators but not surprised those travelling are concerned,” he said. “We need decisive action from the UK Government and if Covid cases in certain areas continue to rise the Foreign Office surely must advise against travel to those areas.”

Annie Bennett, Telegraph Travel’s Spain expert, said it was not true the country was nearing a second lockdown. “At the moment there are isolated outbreaks with local measures,” she said.

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08:09 AM

Murcia town first to go back into lockdown

Good morning, our reporter in Madrid has the latest on the new lockdown in Murcia.

A town in southeastern Spain was closed off by authorities on Thursday after 55 people who met at a bar tested positive for coronavirus.

Authorities in Totana, in Murcia, which has 32,000 inhabitants, were testing 300 people who were at the bar at the time of the outbreak on Wednesday.

No-one can enter or leave the town and visits to care homes are banned, authorities said.

The latest localised lockdown came as a surge in coronavirus cases across Spain in recent weeks prompted scores of British holidaymakers to cancel at the last minute, tourist authorities said.

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