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FCO warns Brits to leave Spain now as coronavirus death climbs

by LLB Reporter
18th Mar 20 3:13 pm

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) have warned all Brits who are in Spain to “make travel plans to return as soon as possible” after Madrid was shutdown.

The FCO said, holidaymakers are urged to “contact their tour operator or airline as soon as possible” to make arrangements to fly home.

“The Spanish government have confirmed that all hotels will close in Spain from Tuesday 24 March,” the FCO said in a statement.

“We therefore advise British travellers in Spain to contact their tour operator or airline as soon as possible, to arrange their return journey home before this date.”

They added, “From Tuesday 17 March until the end of the State of Emergency, land borders are closed for entry to Spain, with the following exceptions: Spanish nationals, Spain residents, frontier workers and those able to prove that they need to enter for essential reasons.

“The land borders remain open for those leaving Spain. British nationals can still drive through France to return to the UK, but they will need to complete an ‘attestation’ (declaration) specifying the reason for being outside.”

Spain has the second highest outbreak in Europe with more than 13,700 infected and 598 dead.

Madrid was placed on lockdown as it is the worst affected area in Spain with 5,637 cases and a death toll of 390.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned that the virus had not yet peaked in Spain.

In a grave warning to the Spanish Parliament he said, “The worst is yet to come, as our health system feels the impact of caring for such a huge number of infected people, as the days of isolation drag on, when we feel the economic impact’ of the pandemic.

“I am asking you to make sacrifices but I’m also calling for unity… it is what we have to do to save many lives.”

Under government plans Boris Johnson is set to cut London off from the rest of the UK to stop the spread of coronavirus.

City AM’s Cat Neilan said on Wednesday afternoon that travel in and out of London could be “severely restricted” in a move that “feels like” a “lockdown.”


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