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Spain to reopen as WHO names new C19 epicentre

World’s second most visited country to reopen in July, while things are looking grim in Brazil.

Guaranteeing the safety of visitors and locals, the Spanish Prime Minister has announced that Spain will reopen for international tourism from July. 


Speaking after a large rally bemoaning the government’s handling of coronavirus in the country, PM Pedro Sanchez said “that from July, Spain will reopen for foreign tourism in conditions of safety”. 


Barcelona, Spain


“As you know, Spain receives more than 80 million visitors a year. Foreign tourists can also start planning their holidays in our country,” he stated. 


“Spain needs tourism, and tourism needs safety in both origin and destination. We will guarantee that tourists will not run any risks, nor will they bring any risk to our country. 


“We’re sending everyone a message today: Spain will be waiting for you from July.”


According to The Guardian, Mr Sanchez also called on Spaniards to begin planning domestic holidays.


The second most visited country in the world (after France) last year, Spain has recorded 282,370 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 28,678 deaths, placing it fourth in the world for both tallies.  


Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared South America “a new epicentre” of the pandemic, AFP reported. 


Brazil leads the surge of incidences across the continent, with nearly 350,000 confirmed cases and over 22,000 deaths.


Peru has recorded the next most infections, with almost 116,000 cases, while Chile has around 66,000 confirmed incidences so far. 


“In a sense, South America has become a new epicentre for the disease,” WHO emergencies director Mike Ryan said on Friday.


In Brazil, many of those who have died have been younger people, who out of poverty have continued working through the pandemic.  


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 24 May 2020

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