Jet2 to bring home Brits from coronavirus hit Spain as PM shuts down country
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has put the country under an Italy-style lockdown as part of its state of emergency measures designed to combat the virus.
According to a draft decree, Spaniards will be ordered to stay at home unless they’re buying food, medicine, go to the hospital, work or other emergencies.
It comes as Jet2 cancelled all flights to Spanish destinations, and turned around half a dozen planes mid-air.
Jet2 has confirmed to Daily Star Online that it is now working on a plan to repatriate Brits from Spain.
The airline wrote to hotels last night announcing its plans and told Daily Star Online that it is working to figure out logistics in a fast moving situation.
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Spain shut down restaurants and bars over night, leading to a "New Year's Eve" style night of partying for Brits as the clock ticked over to midnight.
But Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has now urged countries to use aggressive measures, community mobilisation and social distancing to save lives.
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Local media El Mundo reports Spain's Interior Ministry will control all police forces, including local and regional ones.
The government said the cabinet meeting that is due to decide on the measures was still ongoing and a news conference is expected around 2pm.
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It comes as Spain’s confirmed cases skyrocketed by over a thousand to more than 5,700, making it Europe's worst affected country after Italy.
On Friday, Pedro Sanchez said the move to close Spain "will protect all its citizens" and "guarantee" the right conditions to tackle the deadly virus.
He said Spain will "mobilise all resources", including the military, to contain a sharp rise in cases.
"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," Sanchez added.
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