Spain coronavirus LOCKDOWN: PM to announce travel restrictions – Brit tourists face chaos

A leaked draft decree says the Spanish government plans to put the nation under lockdown, restricting all but essential travel for food, medicine, hospital or going to work, local media El Mundo and Cadena Ser report. The measures could spark chaos for British tourists in the country, however, it is understood those planning to return to the UK will not be stopped. 

Spain's Interior Ministry will control all police forces, including local and regional ones, as part of the state of emergency.

The decree says: “The members of the State Security Forces and Bodies, the Police Bodies of the autonomous communities and local corporations will be under the direct orders of the head of the Ministry of the Interior as necessary for the protection of people, property and places, being able to impose extraordinary services for their duration or their nature.”

The measures are still being discussed in a cabinet meeting, but local media says they are likely to be approved with an announcement expected at 2pm GMT.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is expected to declare a state of an emergency, it emerged yesterday.

Mr Sanchez said: "The government of Spain will protect all its citizens and will guarantee the right life conditions to slow the pandemic with as little inconvenience as possible."

Schools have already shut down across the country, with many cinemas, theatres or playgrounds also closing.

The measures come as Spain has the second-highest cases of coronavirus in Europe – fourth highest in the world behind China, Italy and Iran – with 5,232 infected.

At least 129 people have died.

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