Costa Del Sol coronavirus outbreak getting worse as 96 now struck down with Covid-19 in Malaga just as beaches reopen
COSTA Del Sol’s coronavirus outbreak is deepening as more than 90 have been infected in Malaga just as beaches reopen.
Just a week after the first Brit tourists descended on its sunny shores, fears are rising over a second Covid-19 outbreak in Malaga.
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A lorry driver has been hospitalised with the killer bug while two of his children are self-isolating after also tested positive for Covid-19.
The family live in Casabermeja, a popular expat and holiday town in an area known as La Axarquia, a half-hour drive north of Malaga.
More than 90 people have now tested positive for coronavirus at a Red Cross centre in Malaga, scene of the province’s first new outbreak since the end of Spain’s state of emergency on June 21.
Five of the eight provinces of Andalucia, whose coastline includes the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz, have now reported new Covid-19 outbreaks.
Spain’s southern region, home to nine million people, is under the spotlight along with the northern region of Aragon, where 40 per cent of the new cases have been reported and fresh restrictions have been introduced.
The new scares come just over a week after Spain started allowing its 47 million inhabitants to travel freely around the country and opened up to international tourism three months after closing its borders.
The number of holidaymakers arriving on Ryanair planes is still a trickle.
But more are expected to jet to Spain for last-minute sunshine holidays once PM Boris Johnson clarifies when British tourists returning from the Costas no longer have to quarantine.
The plan to allows Brits to go on holiday to the safest European destinations without having to self-isolate on their return is expected to come in force on July 6.
However, Home Secretary Priti Patel warned yesterday that quarantine-free "air bridges" linked to a traffic light system to define ‘safe’ and ‘risk’ countries would not be up and running overnight.
Spain’s secretary of state for tourism insisted on Friday before the new outbreak in La Axarquia the country was “ready” to cope with any new cases.
During a visit to the Costa del Sol, Isabel Oliver said: “We’re looking forward to the return of our tourists to Spain, so they can enjoy the experiences they have in the past.
“Maybe they’ll experience them a bit differently but it will be totally pleasurable for them.”
Referring to the problems caused by new Covid-19 outbreaks including the one at the Red Cross centre in Malaga, she added: “We knew this could happen and the reaction has been super quick to control the situation.
“We have a wonderful health system and in the face of these adversities and difficult situations, what I’m seeing is that Spain is prepared.”
Local reports said six La Axarquia positives were thought to be linked to an outbreak in the city of Granada.
Spain, with 248,770 confirmed coronavirus cases and 28,343 deaths, is the eighth most affected country in the world.
New outbreaks have also been confirmed in the provinces of Cadiz, Huelva and Almeria.
More than 180 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Andalucia region’s new corona eruption.
Catalonia is another of the regions which has reported the most recent flare-ups.
One outbreak affects around 40 fruit pickers who have been quarantined in a hotel in Lerida.
The surges come as beaches in several parts of Spain have had to turn away sun seekers for the second weekend running.
Three picture-postcard beaches in the kitesurfer’s paradise of Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz had reached their maximum capacity by 2pm yesterday/on Sunday.
They include beautiful Bolonia beach, a short drive west of the town centre.
Police blocked off the only access road to the beach as day trippers from areas like Marbella continued to arrive despite the local town hall announcing on a mobile phone app it was at maximum capacity.
The coves of Les Rotes south of Denia on the Costa Blanca also had to put up ‘full’ signs.
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