Spain has ordered hotels to shut down by next Thursday and start converting them into hospitals as Coronavirus death toll rises.
Hotels and other ‘short-stay accommodation’ are being shut down in Spain latest draconian step to halt the spread of the coronavirus leaving British tourists in chaos as country’s death toll rises by 169 in a day to 1,002.
Spanish authorities have begun converting hotels into makeshift hospitals as they battle an outbreak which has killed 1,002 people in the country – after 169 new deaths were announced today – and infected 18,077 patients.
They will have to close by next Thursday, although the measure does not apply to long-term accommodation where guests can cater for themselves – as long as they can obey quarantine rules.
‘The suspension of opening to the public of all hotels and similar lodgings, tourist accommodation and other short-term accommodation… situated on national territory,’ the official notice reads.
‘The concentration of people in tourist accommodation, which must share certain common spaces, implies an increased risk of contagion, which is why, given the situation of restriction in the mobility of people, it is necessary, to guarantee the containment of the pandemic, to proceed to suspend the opening of these establishments to the public, ‘ said the health department.