Coronavirus has been confirmed in Spain as a case is reported in the popular tourist city of Barcelona. A 36-year-old woman tested positive after returning from northern Italy from a ten-day visit earlier this month. It is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in mainland Spain.
It is the fourth confirmed case on Spanish territory following two other patients who have subsequently been given the all-clear- one on the Canary Island of La Gomera and the other in Majorca – and discharged from hospital.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has yet to update its travel advice to Spain in light of the new case.
The FCO currently states: “There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.
“The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China and in some other countries, including Spain.
“You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.”
Travel website Travel Health Pro explained the best ways to rescue the risk of coronavirus infection.
They recommended that all travellers should:
– Maintain good hand and personal hygiene
– Wash hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant before handling or consuming food
– Avoid visiting live bird and animal markets, backyard or commercial poultry farms and do not touch wild or domestic birds (alive or dead)
– Avoid any contact with animals, birds or surfaces that may be contaminated with animal or bird dropping
– Avoid eating or handling undercooked or raw meat including poultry, egg or duck dishes
– Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or who appears unwell
– Avoid sharing personal items
ABTA released its statement on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak today. The UK travel trade association said: “Cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been reported in a number of countries including the UK.
“Recently, 10 small towns in Northern Italy have reported cases, which are being managed under isolation measures by the local authorities, and one case has been reported in a hotel in Tenerife.
“The FCO has not issued any travel restrictions outside of mainland China and Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea.
“Although the overall volume of reported cases is very low globally, with the majority in China, it is important that travellers follow the latest public health advice relating to the specific destination they are travelling to.
“UK health authorities are providing detailed advice for specific destinations and locations.
“Travellers are advised to read the FCO travel advice for the country they are travelling to, which includes entry requirements and a link through to the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) TravelHealthPro website that provides specific travel health advice for countries.
“ABTA also has updated advice and Q&A’s for travellers at abta.com/coronavirus.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation which ABTA will continue to monitor and provide updates as appropriate to its Members and travellers.”
For travellers who are concerned about their holidays and coronavirus, it’s recommended to purchase travel insurance as soon as possible.
Neil Wright, founder and managing director of CoverForYou.com, said: “Coronavirus fears have intensified this week as the virus continues to spread across Europe.
“Fresh outbreaks of the illness have today been reported in Switzerland, Spain, Croatia and Austria, joining yesterday’s reports of Italy and the Canary Islands – one of Britain’s most popular holiday destinations.”
He added: “If you are planning to travel in the next few months, the most important thing is to purchase a travel insurance policy as soon as possible.
“This way you will be protected if the country you are due to visit becomes an area the FCO advises against travel to in the future.”