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Spain to enforce 14-day quarantine for anyone entering country to curb spread of coronavirus



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Spain is set to introduce a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering the country from Friday to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The country’s Health Ministry published the order on Tuesday in the Official State Gazette and it will remain in force until the end of the state of emergency, which is due to end on May 24.

If the state of emergency is extended, the travel restrictions will continue to apply.

​Up until now, a two-week quarantine had only applied to repatriated Spaniards and Spanish residents travelling from Italy.

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Cross-border workers, long-haul truckers, aeroplane crews and health professionals on their way to work are exempt from the quarantine.

The exemption applies as long as they have not been in contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19, El Pais reports.

Travellers must carry a Passenger Location Card, supplied by airlines, when they enter Spain​.

Spain has eased some lockdown restrictions by allowing some small businesses to reopen (Getty Images)

On Monday, Spain reported the lowest numbers of coronavirus-related fatalities and infections in weeks.

According to John Hopkin’s data the country’s total death toll is 27,744.

With 400 new Covid-19 cases confirmed, the overall number of recorded infections rose to about 268,000.

Although Madrid and Barcelona remain in a stricter lockdown, roughly half of 47 million Spaniards are allowed from Monday to socialise with up to 10 people at the same time.

They were also allowed to shop in small establishments and enjoy a meal or a coffee in restaurants and bars with outdoor seating.

Europe starts to ease itself out of Coronavirus lockdown

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Commuters sit in a coach at the Cardona underground metro station, with red circles on the ground indicating where to stand to maintain distance in mILAN

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People walk on a street of the Balearic island of Formentera which will begin from Monday (May 4) de-escalation stage where outdoor areas of bars and restaurants can open at half occupancy, while groups of up to 10 people will be allowed in public places and in homes, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak on the island of Formentera, Spain

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A thermal camera (Top L) scans the body temperature of commuters arriving from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in Milan

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Students arrive to the Akademisches Gymnasium high school in Vienna on the day of the reopening of high schools in the country after more than a month of closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic

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Olga Prades helps bride Isabel Jimenez try on a wedding dress, as they both wear protection masks and gloves, at her bridal shop Innovias, on the first day that some small businesses are allowed to open during lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain

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Mirel Chetan and Elena Banaseanu clean and disinfect the books of the Antonio Machado bookstore on the first day of attention to the public after 51 days of closure due to the COVID 19 coronavirus on May 04, 2020 in Madrid, Spain

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A mouth mask obligation publicity at Simonis subway station in Brussel

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A shop assistant attends a client at a camera shop in Barcelona

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Workers at a hair salon work on customers, all wearing face masks to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Athens

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A commuter wearing a protective mask waits for a train inside the Nuevos Ministerios metro station, on the first day mask usage is mandatory in public transport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain

Reuters

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Students Lea Karner and Dorian Di Giorgio arrive to the Akademisches Gymnasium high school on their bicycles in Vienna on the day of the reopening of high schools in the country after more than a month of closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

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Commuters enter the Cardona underground metro station, with the way out clearly marked in Milan

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Commuters wearing protective face masks exit the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece

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Workers at a hair salon work on customers, all wearing face masks to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Athens

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Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in miLAN

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Commuters wearing protective face masks leave the platforms of the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece,

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Commuters wearing protective face masks stand on a platform of the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece

Reuters

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Travellers wait for a train at the Cardona railway station in Milan

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Commuters exit a coach at the Cardona underground metro station, with red circles on the ground indicating where to stand to maintain distance in Milan

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Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in Milan

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Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in Milan

AFP via Getty Images

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Commuters sit in a coach at the Cardona underground metro station, with red circles on the ground indicating where to stand to maintain distance in mILAN

AFP via Getty Images

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People walk on a street of the Balearic island of Formentera which will begin from Monday (May 4) de-escalation stage where outdoor areas of bars and restaurants can open at half occupancy, while groups of up to 10 people will be allowed in public places and in homes, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak on the island of Formentera, Spain

Reuters

3/21

A thermal camera (Top L) scans the body temperature of commuters arriving from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in Milan

AFP via Getty Images

4/21

Students arrive to the Akademisches Gymnasium high school in Vienna on the day of the reopening of high schools in the country after more than a month of closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic

AFP via Getty Images

5/21

Olga Prades helps bride Isabel Jimenez try on a wedding dress, as they both wear protection masks and gloves, at her bridal shop Innovias, on the first day that some small businesses are allowed to open during lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain

Reuters

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Mirel Chetan and Elena Banaseanu clean and disinfect the books of the Antonio Machado bookstore on the first day of attention to the public after 51 days of closure due to the COVID 19 coronavirus on May 04, 2020 in Madrid, Spain

Getty Images

7/21

A mouth mask obligation publicity at Simonis subway station in Brussel

AFP via Getty Images

8/21

A shop assistant attends a client at a camera shop in Barcelona

AFP via Getty Images

9/21

Workers at a hair salon work on customers, all wearing face masks to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Athens

AP

10/21

A commuter wearing a protective mask waits for a train inside the Nuevos Ministerios metro station, on the first day mask usage is mandatory in public transport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain

Reuters

11/21

Students Lea Karner and Dorian Di Giorgio arrive to the Akademisches Gymnasium high school on their bicycles in Vienna on the day of the reopening of high schools in the country after more than a month of closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

AFP via Getty Images

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Commuters enter the Cardona underground metro station, with the way out clearly marked in Milan

AFP via Getty Images

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Commuters wearing protective face masks exit the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece

Reuters

14/21

Workers at a hair salon work on customers, all wearing face masks to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Athens

AP

15/21

Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in miLAN

AFP via Getty Images

16/21

Commuters wearing protective face masks leave the platforms of the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece,

Reuters

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Commuters wearing protective face masks stand on a platform of the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece

Reuters

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Travellers wait for a train at the Cardona railway station in Milan

AFP via Getty Images

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Commuters exit a coach at the Cardona underground metro station, with red circles on the ground indicating where to stand to maintain distance in Milan

AFP via Getty Images

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Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in Milan

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Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in Milan

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Hotels are also allowed to open as long as they do not mix guests in public areas.

It comes as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that all arrivals entering the UK will be required to partake in a 14 day quarantine.

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Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary criticised Mr Johnson’s decision to allow French travellers entering the UK to be exempt from the quarantine order.

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I don’t think this 14-day isolation will be effective. It will have no credibility among the travelling public, but it is manageable.

“We know from our own customer feedback, there’s a huge pent-up desire of families who want to get away to the beaches of Spain and Portugal, where, by the way, there will be no spread of the virus.”

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