Spain is one of the countries in Europe where the coronavirus has hit hardest, and a new wave of infections is spreading these weeks.
It happens as the country begins to reopen and tourists gradually return to the southern sun. That is why the country’s foreign minister, Arancha González Laya, is now trying to urge restraint.
She says according to Reuters that the increase in infection was expected when society began to reopen, and that the infection is ‘under control’, so that the country’s hospitals can keep up.
– Spain is safe for Spaniards and for tourists, says Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya, according to the BBC .
But the country has seen a tripling in the number of infected in the last two weeks, writes BBC .
The spread of infection has largely occurred within region Catalonia, where the city of Barcelona is located.
14 days quarantine after the holiday
Among other things, the Foreign Minister highlights the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands as being ‘safe areas’ because no re-emergence of infection has been registered.
The announcement from the Spanish government comes after both Britain and Norway have encouraged their citizens to go to quarantine for 14 and ten days respectively after a trip to Spain.
Chief physician at Rigshospitalet Jens Lundgren can well understand the announcement from the Spanish government when the infection largely takes place regionally.
– There are some areas in Spain that have problems keeping track of the infection. But it is a large country, so it depends a lot on where you go, says Jens Lundgren to Ritzau.
Although the increase in the number of cases of infection in Spain is worrying, he does not think that the picture is nuanced enough when authorities, for example, discourages travel to an entire country if the spread of infection is concentrated in a specific area.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the country has had over 272,000 confirmed cases of infection, while over 28,000 have died with covid-19.
In Denmark, the travel guide calls for extra caution when traveling to Spain.
If you travel to the north region Aragón, urges the Danish authorities to be tested on return.
It is because region has more than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is particularly large in relation to the scale used by the Danish authorities.