Virus curbs tightened over fears of a second wave

Virus curbs tightened over fears of a second wave


Paris: Spain and Germany are among the countries that tightened restrictions on Tuesday to cool down the coronavirus hotspots that caused the second wave of panic.

The World Health Organization warned that the virus does not appear to be affected by seasonality, as the death toll from the global pandemic exceeded 654,000 on Tuesday, and according to AFP statistics, this is nearly a third of the death toll in Europe.

Since July 9, more than 100,000 people have died, and the global death toll has doubled in just over two months.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization stated that the industry lost $320 billion in revenue worldwide in the first five months of 2020, threatening the livelihoods of millions.

The Madrid-based institution said in a statement that this was “more than three times the loss during the 2009 global financial crisis.”

At the same time, the International Air Transport Association warned that global air traffic will not return to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels until at least 2024.

Spain is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, insisting that although it has resolved 361 active outbreaks and more than 4,000 new cases, it is still a safe destination for tourists.

Despite this, there are still several countries that quarantine people returning from Spain, including the United Kingdom, its largest tourist market.

The National Bureau of Statistics (INE) reported on Tuesday that Spain’s strict lockdown policy destroyed more than 1 million jobs in the second quarter of this year-mainly in the tourism industry.

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