Another Spanish tourist region has become very alert after at least 23 guests at a wedding, including the bride and her mother, were hit by coronavirus.
More than 35,000 residents of Tudela in Navarre, Northern Spain, are advised to wear masks and keep social distance to prevent the disease from spreading.
And the appeal is repeated 60 miles north of Tudela in Pamplona, which is also in Navarre, after five new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the same family.
The move to pressure citizens to adhere to the limitations of the coronavirus follows the decision to reset lockdowns in two other Spanish regions in recent days.
Tudela in Navarre, Northern Spain, has become very alert after at least 23 guests at a wedding, including the bride and her mother, were hit by coronavirus
The appeal is repeated 60 miles north of Tudela in Pamplona, which is also in Navarre, after five new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the same family. Pamplona is known for its annual bull run. Pictured: A reveler is on the run earlier this week
The 70,000 citizens living in La Marina, which is located 90 miles east of La Coruna in Galicia, have imposed restrictions after a new outbreak.
Access to and from the city is prohibited, with gatherings limited to ten people or fewer.
And the region of Catalonia has closed the province of Segrià, where 400,000 people live, after a wave of coronavirus cases.
On the Costa del Sol, nearly 30 beaches were closed earlier this week after a huge crowd of people flocked to the beach. The region is a hot spot for British tourists.
In total, Spain reported 252,513 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 28,401 deaths.
Health officials in Tudela did not specify whether the wedding was authorized under the coronavirus lock rules or if the number of allowed guests was exceeded.
More than 35,000 residents of Tudela are advised to wear masks and maintain social distance to prevent the disease from spreading
However, they have admitted to expect more positive results, as they are now testing everyone involved with the wedding, including on-site staff and a bar that will be visited afterward.
Two guests were initially tested when they started to feel unwell. When they turned positive, an additional 34 were tested, 21 of which were also positive.
One of the affected people was admitted to the Reina Sofía hospital, where a tent was set up outside to perform the tests.
The health authority says that all other guests at the wedding, along with close contacts, should also be quarantined for 14 days themselves.
All those who have tested positive are over 50 years old.
A number of companies in Tudela have already taken it into their own hands to close due to the outbreak, most notably a bar and supermarket visited by guests.
A sign said, “On the occasion of the positive of Covid-19 on our patio, we decided to close until things are cleared up. Sorry for the inconvenience. Bye.’
The mayor of Tudela, Alejandro Toquero, advocates ‘collective and individual responsibility’ and says he is in close contact with the health authority to monitor developments.
An investigation is already underway to try to find the source of the new outbreak.
The mayor has warned that if there are further outbreaks, the restrictions may be reintroduced by the Navarre government and Tudela city council.
Health officials in Tudela did not specify whether the wedding was authorized under the coronavirus lock rules or if the number of allowed guests was exceeded
“Once again, responsibility is being asked and an appeal is being made to continue with the measures of social distance and a mask,” he appealed.
The homes of the elderly are already locked up with visitors again because of the outbreak.
Tudela is frequented by tourists interested in history and ancient architecture.
Navosra’s health chief, Santos Induráin, said the number of people affected at the wedding would almost certainly increase, and that the tests would be conducted now and at the end of seven days initially and then after 14 days.
She confirmed that the cases were treated as outbreaks and warned, “The virus is still there and people need to be vigilant.”
The famous bull run is said to take place in Pamplona, but these have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tests are performed on the family and all contacts after five members of the family have been diagnosed with the virus
“The Ministry of Health, in contact with both local and health authorities in these areas, is currently completing the monitoring of the two new outbreaks and taking the necessary measures to address the potential range of infections,” she said.
The famous bull run is said to take place in Pamplona, but these have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tests are performed on the family and all contacts after five members of the family have been diagnosed with the virus.
The virus is believed to have been ‘imported’ from a family member who came to Pamplona from another region.
Spain is currently recording coronavirus outbreaks in more than 90 areas, although the government says they are under control.
Many regions are currently imposing mandatory use of face masks.