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Coronavirus crisis: France advises citizens to avoid Spain’s Catalonia

France suggested its citizens on Friday not to journey to Catalonia in neighbouring Spain following a spike in circumstances of COVID-19 within the area.

The recommendation, introduced by French Prime Minister Jean Castex, dealt one other blow to Spain’s beleaguered tourism sector after Norway introduced on Friday that travellers getting back from the nation would have to endure a 10-day quarantine.

The French border with Spain stays open, however Castex said he was in talks with the Spanish authorities to cut back site visitors flows.

“Concerning the situation in Catalonia, which is displaying worsened indicators for infection, we strongly encourage French citizens to avoid going there until the health situation improves,” Castex informed reporters.

Catalonia reported 8,563 new circumstances of COVID-19 within the 14 days up to Thursday – nearly half of the 17,842 detected all through Spain throughout the interval – regardless of pointers for residents of regional capital Barcelona to keep at dwelling.

In an effort to include the epidemic, all discos will probably be shut for the following 15 days, the Catalan authorities said on Friday, and bars, eating places and casinos should shut by midnight.

A source in Catalonia’s regional authorities said that the area, the place carrying a masks is obligatory in public, was taking extra stringent steps than France.

“We are holding everyone to a much higher degree of security than is asked elsewhere in Europe, such as in France,” the source said.

The Spanish prime minister’s workplace declined to remark.

Castex, who was talking on the sidelines of a go to to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, north of the French capital, additionally said the French authorities deliberate to reinforce controls at borders.

From Aug. 1 individuals arriving from 16 international locations exterior the European Union the place the an infection rate is deemed to be excessive will probably be topic to obligatory testing on arrival at French airports and sea ports, Castex said. Those who take a look at constructive will probably be required to enter quarantine.

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