Benidorm’s Covid infections have risen to five times Spain’s national average, prompting fears Britons will be banned from the holiday hotspot. Are British tourists responsible for the spike in coronavirus infections in Spain? And could tougher restrictions be placed on tourism in the region?
The current rates of infection in Benidorm, on Spain’s Costa Blanca, are 215 cases per 100,000 people.
This is more than five times higher than the rate of average cases in the surrounding area of Valencia, which are at just 41.5 per 100,000 people, causing concerns about tourists bringing coronavirus to the Benidorm resorts.
The national average of coronavirus cases in the UK is much higher than Spain’s, with the 7-day average infection rate as of October 20, being 486.9 cases per 100,000 people.
In Spain it is still mandatory to wear face masks in enclosed public spaces including public transport.
Last week, Morocco banned travellers from the UK, Germany and the Netherlands from entering the country because of concern about rising infection rates in these countries.
Travel Industry insiders fear other countries could follow Morocco’s suit, or impose tougher restrictions for Britons, if the UK’s coronavirus infection rates continue to rise.