And now Germany, the Merkel government has advised against traveling to Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra due to the risk of contagion by coronavirus in the three communities. A move that joins the introduction of quarantine by the United Kingdom and one that deals another terrible blow to the Spanish tourism sector.
This Tuesday morning, the German government advises against “non-essential” and tourist trips to the Spanish regions of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarra due to the “high number of coronavirus infections”.
“There are currently new regional outbreaks of infections” in these three regions, explains the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a note published on its website.
In Aragon, the Directorate General of Public Health yesterday notified 502 new cases of coronaviruses detected on Sunday in Aragon, of which 412 are located in the province of Zaragoza, 49 in Huesca and 41 in Teruel, with a further 8 cases that are not assigned to an area.
Of the total number of cases, 241 are located in the Aragonese capital, with Fraga (Huesca) the next city, 31.
In the Aragonese hospitals there are currently 264 beds occupied by patients affected by or suspected of coronavirus -25 in the ICU and 239 in wards.
In Catalonia, Quim Torra appeared yesterday with the Secretary of Public Health of the Govern, Josep María Argimón , when he sent a warning message to all Catalans due to the situation of the pandemic in Catalonia. The President explained that “we are facing the ten most important days of this summer.”
The spread of the virus, in these next days, will be key for Torra in deciding whether or not to confine the population once again. In a desperate message, he was absolutely clear: “if we do not succeed, we will have to go back into lockdown.”
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health reported almost 900 new infections in 24 hours. The average age of those affected is now 37.5 years, although between July 1 and 27, there has been a significant increase in the numbers in the ICU. Of those infected, 80% are living in Barcelona and its metropolitan area, considered to be ‘ground zero’, which most worries the health authorities. The community transmission that exists in Barcelona and Hospitalet de Llobregat, according to Quim Torra, means that “the increase is very worrying.”