Restrictions return in Spain as coronavirus infections spike again
“The majority are related to fruit collection and also to the spaces where measures to avoid contact are relaxed,” Illa told parliament. “We have to call on citizens to not lose respect for the virus — not to be afraid of it, but not to lose respect for it either.”
The outbreaks bring the country’s total number of infections to 270,166 — nearly 24,000 more than on June 21 when the government declared a “new normal,” lifted the three-month nationwide lockdown and returned full control of health-care systems to Spain’s 17 regions. More than 28,429 people here have died of covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
This resurgence could threaten the economic bounce Spain was hoping to get from vacationers eager for summer fun. Tourism accounts for nearly 13 percent of Spain’s gross domestic product and more than 1 in 8 jobs. But in the first quarter of 2020, as the pandemic hit hard, the GDP dropped 5.2 percent.
The spike in cases has been greatest in the northeastern region …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]