Spain has slapped down Boris Johnson’s claims of a European ‘second wave’ and has urged Brits to keep coming there for holidays.
Tourism Minister Maria Reyes Maroto has said the new coronavirus outbreaks were all “under control” following Britain’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on anyone arriving back from the country.
A British couple arrive in Ibiza as the British government introduces new measures for a 14-day quarantine on return[/caption]
Spain fear Britain’s new quarantine measures will hit the tourism industry, potentially leaving empty beaches and abandoned sun beds[/caption]
Ms Maroto also said she hoped the government would backtrack on their controversial decision – which has also faced criticism from the tourism industry and senior Tories.
She said: “There’s been talk of a second wave of the pandemic but we’re not at all at that point.
“The new outbreaks are under control and they’re in very specific places and Spanish tourist destinations at the moment have very low levels of contagion.
“That means people can enjoy their holidays there. The virus needs to be respected but that doesn’t mean we can’t have well-deserved holidays.”
Speaking on a morning programme on Spanish TV station Telecinco, she added: “We’ve still got a margin of negotiation. We’re talking to the British authorities and we’ve sent them all the information we have on the latest epidemiological situation in Spain and have asked them to revise their quarantine measures.
“The petition relating to air corridors between the UK and those low-risk areas such as the islands as well as the Valencian Community and Andalucia, has already been sent to the UK.”
‘SIGNS OF SECOND WAVE’
Boris Johnson’s quarantine measures led some Spanish hotels, popular with travelling Brits, to abandon August opening dates or close their doors only days after starting up again, according to the minister.
The four-star Rio Park Hotel in Benidorm, normally packed at this time of the year with 70 per cent of Brits on package holidays, has shut just six days after opening.
Only around a fifth of the hotels in the town’s Rincon de Loix area are currently open.
Rio Park director Miguel Angel Correa told respected local paper Informacion: “We opened on Saturday morning and a few hours later the UK announced it was removing Spain from its list of safe countries.
Maria Reyes Maroto, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, has insisted Spain has any coronavirus outbreaks under control [/caption]
Boris Johnson’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on Spain has come under criticism but the government fear a second wave of infections in Britain [/caption]
“The same day several groups of British holidaymakers checked in but they were the first and the last.”
The tourism chaos comes after the Prime Minister warned of “signs of a second wave of the pandemic” in Europe earlier this week.
Spain announced 1,153 new coronavirus cases yesterday, the highest 24-hour figure since May 1 when the entire country was still on a tight lockdown.
Most of the cases were registered in Aragon, Catalonia and Madrid.
Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez has branded the UK quarantine decision wrong and “unjust” and insisted holidaymakers are safer on the Costas than they would be in many parts of the UK.
He told a Spanish TV station on Monday: “I think the UK’s decision is an incorrect one. Spain is made up of a number of regions that have a cumulative rate of contagion that is lower than the European average as well as the UK average.
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“The Spanish tourist industry has acted very responsibly over the past few months and has transferred a message of security with regards to the health emergency we are experiencing.
“It’s true that on a global level the coronavirus pandemic continues to show a very worrying development and at European level as well, but in Spain the spread of the virus is not occurring in a uniform way.
“Sixty-two per cent of the new cases are occurring in two regions but in the majority of the country, the cumulative incidence of the virus is lower than the European average and the UK average.”
Brits in Benidorm have been enjoying the sunshine [/caption]
Some hotels in Spain have abandoned August opening times after quarantine measures that are expecting to curb Brits travelling[/caption]
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