Defiant British tourists have eradicated fears of corona viruses in Spain, as the country has seen a sharp rise in some cases.
Spain reported 1,358 cases on Tuesday and 4,581 cases over the weekend – a total of 266,194. More than 28,000 people have died.
Cases have tripled in the past month – from eight cases per 100,000 to 27 per 100,000 – and raised concerns that British tourists already on vacation in Spain may need to be quarantined if they land at home.
But the British, soaking up the Spanish sunshine, say that Spain, which may be removed from the list of countries quarantined by the British government, is not a big problem, and anyone looking for a break should come anyway.
Two people tested positive for coronavirus in Marbella, as Spain has seen a sharp increase in some cases in recent weeks
Two women with face masks walk along the beach at La Misericordia in Malaga on July 22nd. Spain reported 1,358 cases on Tuesday and 4,581 cases over the weekend – a total of 266,194
The Spanish police confiscated sun beds and drove out tourists to comply with the rules on social distance on the Costa del Sol
The Spanish royal family (from left to right: Crown Princess Leonor, King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and Princess Sofia) poses for photographers on Wednesday during their visit to Merida, Spain
Women with face masks walk along the beach at La Misericordia in Malaga. In Spain, more than 28,000 people have died from coronavirus
People sunbathe on the beach at La Misericordia in Malaga. Spain is on the list of 59 quarantine-free countries that can travel to the UK without having to isolate themselves for 14 days when they return home
In Magaluf, 37-year-old Wigan vacationer Charmaine Bell said to The Mirror: "I'm not too worried, because we work in ASDA, we're used to Covid and we really don't fear it anymore, we know how we do should deal with it and be reasonable. & # 39;
Sunseeker Mark Nolan, 36, added: “It is a little worrying that they could be put on the unsafe list because that was one of the things that kept us from coming, but to be honest I would advise people at the moment to just come.
"It was really not that bad to deal with and we have a lot of fun. If they have quarantined, there is very little we can do about it, can we?"
It was announced yesterday that two people in Marbella tested positive for coronavirus – the first in town in 11 days.
The last time Marbella saw coronavirus cases was two diagnoses on July 10, The Sun reports. There were two other cases on July 3.
Whitehall sources are monitoring recent outbreaks in Spain and the country – or certain regions within it – could all be removed from the quarantine-free travel list if a decision is made this week. Pictured: Some British tourists on vacation in Magaluf have shared their photos on social media
Two British tourists on vacation in Magaluf shared a picture of them hugging on social media. Sun-seekers can travel to Spain and don't have to quarantine when they get home
Only 25 of the 59 countries on the government's list allow travel without restrictions when travelers arrive there. Spain (British holidaymakers in Magaluf, picture) is one of them
CEO of travel advice PC agency Paul Charles said: "It makes sense that cases that continue to increase in Spain should be removed from the list." Pictured: Some British tourists on vacation in Magaluf have shared their photos on social media
Malaga, which is a short drive from Marbella along the coast, also saw 23 cases on the last day.
Spain is on the list of 59 quarantine-free countries that can travel to the UK without having to isolate themselves for 14 days when they return home.
But Whitehall sources have told The Sun that Spain's recent outbreaks are being monitored and the country – or certain regions within it – could be removed from the list if a decision is made this week.
CEO of travel advice PC agency Paul Charles said: “It makes sense that cases that continue to grow in Spain should be removed from the list.
"This corresponds to the international implementation of a local block, but the problem is that we are approaching the high season."
A "rolling system" to determine the security of 25 of the 59 countries on the list is to be introduced, with information on each destination being updated regularly – instead of being checked every three weeks.
Only 25 of the 59 allow travel without restrictions when travelers arrive there.
Tourists walk along the beach this week in the coronavirus crisis without wearing face masks
The Barcelona City Council information staff informs some tourists that access to the beach is blocked due to overcapacity
A Spanish Guardia civil servant watches over revelers in Magaluf as the country tries to reconcile the reopening of beach bars with protection from a deadly second wave of cases
Tourists on an evening in Magaluf, Spain, last week. The country will in some cases be removed from the safe list of nations with low coronavirus infection rates after a renewed increase
To increase the confusion among holidaymakers, the Federal Foreign Office has published its own list of 67 countries in which advice against "anything but essential travel" is no longer valid. This list already has a rolling system.
This week, a British tourist in Lanzarote caused a coronavirus scare after being tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in quarantine after arriving from the UK for a vacation on the popular Canary Island.
Nine other people she had contact with also had to undergo a coronavirus test, but all were negative.
Health authorities in Lanzarote have tested tourists who showed symptoms of Covid-19 and their close contacts. A British woman tested positive after her husband became symptomatic – even though he tested negative for coronavirus
Passengers arriving in Lanzarote must wear face masks on their way through the airport. Anyone who shows Covid symptoms will be tested and there is a risk of being quarantined
The Briton is the first vacationer from Great Britain to test positive in Lanzarote since Spain opened its borders on 21 June.
It was actually the woman's husband who felt uncomfortable and had a fever when arriving at her hotel. However, two tests for coronavirus were negative.
The woman was tested routinely and although she did not show any symptoms of the disease, it was confirmed that she had COVID-19.
The island's health department said the coronavirus protocols had been activated at the reception when the couple arrived so they had minimal contact with others. A team of specialists immediately went into action to track down all contacts, including the employees.
The health department has not indicated where the woman is in quarantine or whether her husband is with her or whether the nine others also need to isolate themselves.
There are currently 11 active cases of coronavirus in Lanzarote: British tourists, a resident who came from Mexico and who went to the emergency room of José Molina Orosa hospital with symptoms, and nine illegal immigrants who tried to get on the tiny boat Smuggling Island.
Canary Islands leaders say other illegal migrants have tested positive, giving a false impression of the level of corona virus in the islands, where infections and deaths have been relatively rare.
Last Friday a boat with 61 immigrants arrived on the neighboring island of Fuerteventura and 47 proved positive.
Health chiefs say there is no threat to human health and the situation is properly under control.
Britain announces 79 more coronavirus deaths as the daily number of victims continues to decline. However, official figures show that the outbreak could increase with an average of 10% higher new cases than last week
By Sam Blanchard Senior Health Reporter for Mailonline
Another 79 people have died of Covid-19 in the UK, as the official figures released yesterday show that the daily number of victims is still falling – but the cases are still increasing, indicating that the outbreak is increasing.
Department of Health statistics show that an average of 64 Britons succumb to the disease every day. In contrast, last Wednesday's rate was 75.
Yesterday was the seventh day in a row that there were no deaths in Scotland and only one death in the last 14 days. This shows that the country is on the way to be free of corona viruses.
However, the number of cases appears to be increasing. A further 560 people were diagnosed with coronavirus, compared to 440 the previous day, and the seven-day average rose 9.2 percent last week.
An average of 638 people are now diagnosed each day, up from 584 seven days ago and 546 a week earlier on July 8.
The rising average could be a sign that the infection is spreading again, confirming fears by top scientists that "Super Saturday" would trigger an increase in certain cases – or it could be the result of more targeted tests.
While the outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK continues to subside, ministers announced this week that nursing homes in England may be reopened for visits for the first time.
The houses are now given the green light to work with local authorities and set up visiting systems that allow residents to have one “permanent visitor” at a time who can drop by, provided they book in advance and wear facewear.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said, "I know how painful it was for people in nursing homes not to receive visits from their relatives during that time."
Yesterday's data came as follows:
- Nursing homes in England can now be reopened to visitors to their residents as long as they comply with social distance and PSA rules. "
- An outbreak in Spain worsens so much that officials may be forced to rethink the rules that allow the British to vacation there without quarantining when they return.
- Public health experts say handshakes may be a thing of the past due to long-term social distance rules.
- A government SAGE adviser has said there is no evidence that children are passing Covid-19 on to their teachers anywhere in the world.
- A leading epidemiologist in Sweden said it was likely that anyone infected with coronavirus would not get it back within six months.
- The UK government is considering airlifting to regions with low levels of coronavirus, even if one country as a whole has not been classified as safe.
- Swiss health authorities say that the face shields worn by hairdressers and salon staff do not prevent Covid-19 and are not a substitute for masks.
Ministry of Health numbers released yesterday showed that 140,000 tests had been performed or released the previous day. The number includes front-end antibody testing for NHS and caregivers.
However, the bosses again refused to say how many people were tested, which means that the exact number of Britons dabbed because of the SARS CoV-2 virus has been a mystery for a month – since May 22 .
Health chiefs also reported that 560 additional people had tested positive for Covid-19. Government data shows that the official size of the UK outbreak is now 296,377 cases.
The actual size of the outbreak that got out of control in March is estimated at millions based on antibody test data.
This means that the moving average of daily cases has risen to 638 to 9 percent, compared to the 584 average last Wednesday.
Daily death records don't show how many Covid 19 patients have died within the past 24 hours – it's just how many deaths have been reported and registered with the authorities.
The data do not always match the updates provided by the home countries. Department of Health officials are working on a different time limit, which means that daily updates from Scotland and Northern Ireland are always out of sync.
And the NHS England census every afternoon, which only takes hospital deaths into account, doesn't match the DH numbers because they use a different recording system.
For example, some deaths announced by NHS England chiefs have already been counted by the Department of Health, which records deaths "as soon as they are available".
The Department of Health has temporarily suspended the count on its website after it has been determined that Public Health England has counted the deaths of anyone who has ever suffered from coronavirus, regardless of its root cause.
Matt Hancock ordered a data collection review last week as scientists pointed out that the daily fatalities were too high because people who died for other reasons were involved.
Dr. Yoon Loke, a pharmacologist at the University of East Anglia, discovered the error and told MailOnline: “Because of this serious error in statistics and the fact that tens of thousands of older people are being monitored, there will be a very, very long tail of daily deaths .
& # 39; The death toll will decrease extremely slowly. It will certainly not be zero in the coming months as older people who have recovered from Covid-19 will unfortunately still succumb to other diseases. "
The government announced this week that people living in nursing homes in England will be allowed family visits again for the first time since the blockade began in March – however, the population is limited to only one visitor at a time.
Health Minister Matt Hancock has given nursing homes the green light to arrange visits as long as the rules for social distance and protective equipment are followed.
However, each resident is only allowed one nominee who can visit regularly as long as he books in advance and wears a mask and additional PPE if necessary.
The eagerly awaited move brings England in line with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which have been making nursing home visits possible for weeks.
Local councils and public health officials in England will decide on a case-by-case basis which houses can be reopened based on the level of coronavirus in the region.
Mr. Hancock said, “I know how painful it was for those in nursing homes not to receive visits from their relatives during that time.
& # 39; We are now able to carefully and safely allow visits to nursing homes based on local knowledge and circumstances for each nursing home. = & # 39; It is really important that we do not undo all the hard work of nursing homes. In the past few months we have ensured that families and friends can be safely reunited. That is why we have introduced guidelines that protect everyone. & # 39;
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