Spain on brink: Coronavirus second wave panic as EU state faces ‘apocalyptic damage’

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Spain has been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic and a former minister has warned a second wave would be catastrophic. Although the EU has agreed a coronavirus rescue budget, former government minister Eduardo Serra warned against implementing a second lockdown. He said in an interview with Spanish news website, Heraldo: “We don’t know if we have hit the ground.

“We do not know if there will be more outbreaks.

“Another lockdown would cause apocalyptic damage.

“With what has already happened, we know that many companies have not been able to bear it.”

In the last two weeks, there have been nearly 60,000 new cases of the virus across the country.

A further 16,269 new infections were reported from last Friday to Monday.

Spain’s total recorded cases stands at 382,142 with a further 28,646 deaths.

Despite the number of cases rising in the country, Antonio Garamendi, the president of CEOE (Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain) stated the economy would not be able to recover from a second lockdown.

He said: “I believe that the Spanish economy cannot afford it.

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“That is why we have to act together.

“For example, in the case of apps, we need a much more powerful one, with intense monitoring.

“In addition, they are less invasive personally than many common applications.”

Spain’s infection per 100,000 has soared in recent weeks.

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The country is now registering 115.7 infections per 100,000 according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this week.

That infection rate is the highest in Europe with only Romania (88.9) and Italy (98.7) seeing numbers approaching 100.

Due to this, Spain was placed on the UK’s quarantine list, thus enforcing those returning from the country to self-isolate for 14 days.

Multiple regions also imposed new laws in an attempt to curb the rising number of cases.

Under the new laws, nightclubs are closed while bars and restaurants are obliged to close by 1am.

The northern Basque region of the country declared a health emergency on Monday due to a huge increase in cases.

As well as the UK, Germany has also imposed quarantine measures on arrivals returning from regions in Spain.

Despite the soaring number cases, Spain foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez has defended the country’s management of the pandemic.

She said: “New outbreaks are the norm, they are not the exception, in Spain or any other country in the European Union.

“Every country is taking measures to fight COVID that they think are necessary to protect their citizens.

“We don’t question the measures other countries take.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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