Spain locks down region with 200,000 people after surge in coronavirus cases as Brits prepare to jet off on holiday

SPAIN has locked down a region after a spike in coronavirus cases – as Brits prepare to jet off on holiday.

It comes a day after England lifted travel restrictions on 73 destinations – including Spain – where Brits won't need to quarantine on their return on from July 10.

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The region, near Barcelona, is popular with UK tourists who will now be planning holidays.

But after a surge in killer bug cases in the area, more than 200,000 people have gone back into a local lockdown.

Residents in Segria, which includes the city of Lleida, will not be able to leave the area from 12 noon today – but will not be confined to their homes as was the case in Spain's original strict lockdown in March.

Catalan regional president Quim Torra said: "We have decided to confine Segria due to data that confirm too significant a growth in the number of COVID-19 infections."

Regional health ministry data showed there were 3,706 cases in the Lleida region on Friday, up from 3,551 the previous day.

Movement for work will be permitted, but from Tuesday workers entering or leaving the area will have to present a certificate from their employer.

At least 200,000 people officially live in the county according to figures from 2014, with other data suggesting more than 431,000 could now live there.

Spain has registered 205,545 coronavirus cases and 28,385 deaths, making it one of the worst affected countries in Europe.

BACK INTO LOCKDOWN

After imposing a strict lockdown on March 14, the government has been gradually easing restrictions in a multi-phase plan since early May. 

Any residents of Segrià currently on holiday or away from the lockdown zone need to make their way back by 4pm or risk being unable to get back to their homes. 

Yesterday the ministry of health confirmed 276 new cases in 24-hours, 60 of which were from the now locked down region.

Many of them are thought to be seasonal fruit pickers.

Trippers from England are now able able to fly to 73 countries and territories including France, Italy and Spain without needing to quarantine if they return from July 10.

Other countries on the list include Japan, Vietnam and Turkey.

The guidance says: “We will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review.

“If they worsen we will not hesitate to reintroduce self-isolation requirements.

“Travellers should always check the latest FCO travel advice.”

But a number of destinations favoured by Brits were left off the quarantine-free air bridge list.

Brits should check before they book with some of the countries on the list – such as Japan and Finland – still banning people from Europe and the UK.

Earlier this week we told how Brits flocking back to Spanish resorts have been stunned by a “Covid tax” charged by bar owners.

UK holidaymakers were furious at having to find extra cash to help pay for the ­personal protective equipment being worn by staff.




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