‘New outbreaks are the norm’ says Spain as COVID-19 travel curbs pile up

By Isla Binnie

MADRID (Reuters) – Outbreaks of the coronavirus are happening across Europe and each country has to make its own decisions on how to halt them, Spain’s foreign minister said on Friday as Germany declared most of her country a risk region.

Germany’s decision followed a move by Britain to impose quarantine on people returning from Spain, dealing a further blow to hopes of a swift revival for tourism, which usually accounts for around 12% of the Spanish economy.

“New outbreaks are the norm, they are not the exception, in Spain or any other country in the European Union,” Arancha Gonzalez Laya told Reuters in an interview.

“Every country is taking measures to fight COVID … that they think are necessary to protect their citizens. We don’t question the measures other countries take.”

Some regions within Spain itself have limited movement with neighbouring areas to isolate flare-ups of

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