The Catalonia and Aragon regions in the east have been particularly badly affected, with people in Barcelona advised to stay indoors. More than 200 new clusters of the virus have appeared, mostly around these areas.
The occurrence of Covid-19 has tripled from eight cases per 100,000 people at the end of June to 27 per 100,000 today.
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“Where measures have been relaxed is where these clusters appear,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told Reuters. “We’re talking about gatherings of extended family and spaces associated with nightlife.”
Is Spain going back into lockdown?
There is currently no suggestion that the whole of Spain will go back into lockdown.
However, restriction of movement has been brought back in the Catalan city of Lleida, around 100 miles from Barcelona.
Barcelona itself has issued advice to stay at home wherever possible, and to only leave for essential shopping or medical reasons, but the guidance is not enforced.
Gyms and cinemas have been closed, but bars and restaurants largely remain open, albeit at 50 per cent capacity.
Meritxell Budo, spokesman for the Catalan government, said: “We ask citizens not to leave home unless it’s strictly necessary.
“We also urge people not to travel to second homes this weekend. We are being obliged to take this step backwards.
“We urge people to demonstrate maximum awareness and put an end to the relaxation we have been seeing in the last few weeks.”
Despite this advice people have been flocking to the beaches to enjoy the summer weather, with temperatures tipping over 30 degrees.
Face coverings have been made mandatory in all public spaces in Catalonia, as they have in much of Spain.
The Government could decide to reintroduce lockdown measures should the situation continue to worsen.
Could Spain be added to the UK’s quarantine list?
Spain has seen 266,000 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with around 28,400 deaths.
Spain has been exempt from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice against all but essential travel since 4 July.
It adds that travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate, but will be subject to the following three requirements:
- Provide the Spanish Ministry of Health with mandatory contact information and any history of exposure to Covid-19 48 hours prior to travel
- Temperature check
- Visual health assessment
There is currently no suggestion that the UK will reintroduce quarantine for people entering from Spain, but could do should the situation deteriorate further.