Spain’s coronavirus caseload has grown significantly In the last week, with 11,000 new infections putting it back among the worst In Europe, after significant improvement between May and June. Many of the new cases are among younger people, who are often asymptomatic, and the new outbreaks have been concentrated In northeastern Spain.
Over the weekend, the government had asked Britain to exclude Spain’s two archipelagoes, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands — both major destinations for British tourists, with low Covid-19 caseloads — from its quarantine order.
But on Monday, Britain’s foreign office confirmed that both areas would be subject to the quarantine order and advised Britons to avoid all nonessential travel to Spain.
Several British news outlets reported that the government was considering reducing the length of quarantine for returnees from Spain to 10 days from 14.
Though Spain’s foreign minister said on Sunday that the current outbreaks had been contained, Catalonia’s leader, Quim Torra, warned on Monday that the region faced “a critical situation,” adding that the coming 10 days would determine whether it needed to return to full lockdown. He said Catalonia was now In the same situation as In early March, shortly before Spain declared a monthslong state of emergency.