Spain battles new wave of coronavirus as tourists return
HResorts across Spain are seeing coronavirus cases rise again after British tourists return, with Tui, Europe’s largest tour operator, warning it could cancel vacation packages if the situation worsens.
Tui has said he will not take customers on vacation if he cannot guarantee their safety or if the Spanish government reimposes a 14-day quarantine for arrivals in the UK.
A spokesperson said: “As per our TUI vacation promise, we will not take guests on vacation if we know they need to be quarantined when they arrive or return home. government advice and should that change, we will ‘adapt our vacation program and proactively contact all affected customers to discuss their options.’
The announcement follows a sharp rise in new infections along the Costa del Sol, with Marbella reporting its first case in 11 days while 23 people have contracted the virus in Malaga in the past 48 hours. The city of Almeria also saw a spike in infections, just weeks after Spain reopened its borders with the UK.
Lanzarote health officials are also on high alert after a British holidaymaker tested positive while staying at a hotel on the island, while fears of a second lockdown in Barcelona are emerging. emerged after residents were told to leave their homes only for essential trips.
The Spanish government has insisted the infection rate is under control, fearing that other European countries will close their borders if the number of cases continues to rise.
The UK is expected to review its list of travel corridors on Monday, while France has refused to rule out the possibility of disrupting travel to and from Spain in order to avoid a second outbreak.