Holiday hell as coronavirus shuts down club nights across Ibiza and Majorca
The lights have gone out across party islands Ibiza and Majorca, as Spain declares a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak.
All club nights, pubs and entertainment are to grind to a halt from midnight in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly virus which causes pneumonia-like symptoms.
The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the country would formally declare a state of emergency tomorrow.
Other holiday hotspots across the Balaeric region, such as Benidorm and Marbella will be no go zones as the Spanish government announces a state of emergency to last for 14 days.
There are currently 26 cases of coronavirus in the Balearics, including one death. It comes as Spain as a whole saw the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rocket by more than 25 per cent to 4,334, including over 120 deaths.
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Overall Spain is now the second worst-affected country in Europe by the COVID-19 outbreak, after Italy.
Mr Sanchez said: "The government of Spain will protect all its citizens and will guarantee the right life conditions to slow the pandemic with as little inconvenience as possible."
He said Spain will "mobilise all resources", including the military, to contain a sharp rise in cases.
It comes after more than 60,000 people were confined to four towns in Spain's first mandatory lockdown. The situation in and around the capital Madrid has seen nearly 2,000 positive cases, including two cabinet members.
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Balaeric president Francina Armengol reiterated that "sacrifices" had to be made, in the tourist hot spot and acknowledged the local economy would take a hit.
She told reporters: “Individual responsibility is essential.
“Each measure of individual protection we take is an advance in the containment of the virus.
“We know that the health crisis is serious, and we know that the economic impact will be important.
“But we can be sure that if we all act with the maximum responsibility we will be able to contain the virus in the coming weeks and we will be able to advance the recovery of economic and social normality.”
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The Foreign Office has advised Brits not to travel to Spain and the La Rioja and the northern municipalities of La Bastida, Vitoria and Miranda de Ebro are also out of bounds.
The UK currently has nearly 600 cases and 11 deaths, although the true number of cases is predicted to be around 10,000.
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