Spain takes measures to protect tourism from coronavirus

After admitting that the coronavirus will strongly impact the country’s crucial tourism sector on Thursday (5 March), the Spanish government announced extra measures to mitigate the negative consequences of the virus outbreak, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

Spain’s Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel María Oliver, told the Spanish news agency in Berlin on Thursday that the virus which has caused about 3,300 deaths and infected more than 95,000 worldwide, will have “a direct impact on tourism and on many sectors of the Spanish economy”.

By Thursday, Spain counted 3 deaths of 234 people who had been infected by the COVID-19 virus, which is 41 more cases compared to the day before, according to Thursday’s report by Fernando Simón, the health ministry’s director of emergencies and health alerts.

In Spain, the tourism sector represents 15% of Spain’s GDP, according to official data from 2019.

“We are preparing a series of extra measures across all ministries to try mitigating the effects of this situation as best as possible”, Oliver stressed.

Because the crisis “affects all sectors”, this so-called ‘special package’ is being drafted by the ministries of the economy, labour, foreign affairs, and commerce and industry, she added. (EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)

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