- Title: Empty beaches and COVID tests in Spain as outbreaks threaten 'new normality'
- Date: 6th July 2020
- Summary: BURELA, SPAIN (JULY 6, 2020) (REUTERS) TRUCK DRIVING BY EMPTY STREET WOMEN WITH MASK WALKING WITH DOGS ON PROMENADE AT EMPTY BEACH EMPTY BEACH VARIOUS OF EMPTY AND CLOSED OUTDOOR RESTAURANT CLOSED DOOR RIBADEO, SPAIN (JULY 6, 2020) (REUTERS) FEW PEOPLE WALKING BY LAS CATEDRALES BEACH PEOPLE WALKING UPSTAIRS FROM LAS CATEDRALES BEACH BEACH ARC / SEA PEOPLE AT LAS CATEDRALES BEACH
- Embargoed: 20th July 2020 10:56
- Keywords: Basque Country Galicia Spain coronavirus coronavirus outbreaks in Spain
- Location: BURELA AND ORDIZIA, SPAIN
- City: BURELA AND ORDIZIA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLO9WEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS ADDITIONAL MATERIAL, SHOTS 10- 20
Various regions in Spain are taking different measures to contain coronavirus outbreaks within their borders with the northwestern region of Galicia being the latest to impose restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday (July 5), a day after Catalonia also introduced a local lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.
People living in A Marina along Spain's northern coast in the province of Lugo will not be able to leave the area from midnight on Sunday (July 5) until Friday (July 10), two days before regional elections in Galicia on July 12.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, speaking at a local political rally in Bilbao on Sunday, urged people not to lower their guard, but called for calm as "the early detection of these outbreaks shows the health system is much better prepared" than in March.
In the town of Ordizia in the Basque Country, local authorities set up tents to carry out PCR tests from 10 am on Monday (July 6) after 7 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
The region of Aragon has returned to lockdown phase 2 in order to prevent further spread and local media reported two buildings in Santander and one in Albacete have been locked down as some residents tested positive.
Spain has registered 205,545 coronavirus cases and 28,385 deaths according to health ministry data, making it one of Europe's worst-affected countries.
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