The Uk Government has warned people not to travel to certain regions of Spain unless it is essential.
Madrid and La Rioja, the municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria (both in the Basque Country) and Miranda de Ebro (in Castilla y León) are covered by the warning.
The virus is spreading in the community in these areas, the warning says. Spain’s government has also asked people to avoid unnecessary travel and to consider remote working where possible.
Madrid’s top health official urged people to stay at home to try and contain the virus, saying: ‘This is the only thing that we know we can do to contain it.’
The UK Foreign Office said: ‘Authorities in the most affected regions are putting in place extraordinary measures such as the temporary closure of schools, public sports centres, theatres and day care centres for the elderly due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
‘The affected regions are prohibiting gatherings which involve more than 1000 attendees.
‘People intending to travel to Spain should consult their airlines and tour operators.’
‘All educational centres, including nurseries, schools and universities will close for 15 days or until further notice.
Spain currently has Europe’s highest number of coronavirus cases outside of Italy.