Germany is declaring nearly all of Spain, including the tourist island of Majorca, a coronavirus risk region following a spike in cases there, government sources told Reuters today.

The move deals a blow to hopes for a swift revival of mass tourism after months of lockdown to stop the spread of the virus all but wiped out this year's high season for tourism in Europe.

Daily Bild had reported earlier that Majorca had been added to the list of high-risk regions published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany's public health agency.
The sources told Reuters that all of Spain except for the Canary Islands would be included on RKI's next list of risk regions.

Designations as risk regions are typically followed by the German Foreign Ministry warning against touristic travel to those areas and mean people returning from there face a coronavirus test or two weeks' compulsory quarantine.

The German government considers regions within the European Union high-risk once the number of new coronavirus infections exceeds 50 cases per 100,000 people over the course of seven days.

Infections in Spain have spiked in recent days following the end of Spain's tough lockdown seven weeks ago.

Friday's almost 3,000 new cases, little changed from Thursday but about double the average in the first 12 days of August, brought the cumulative total to 342,813 - the highest number in Western Europe.


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Gabriel / Hace about 1 year

@Lisa I've been told a few times, I've read it many times, I've heard it a few times, 'tourist go home'. They must be so happy now. Or maybe they just realised the irony of it?


Yogi / Hace about 1 year

What a surprise! This has been on the cards for weeks as cases have increased daily. Yet the Govt have done nothing. The Balearic Govt must take responsibility for this slow motion disaster. What have they been doing? Oh yes, just announced, ban smoking outside if you can't be more than 1.5m from anyone. Calling it pathetic doesn't do it justice.


Lisa / Hace about 1 year

Game over.

The Balearic Islands are now considered high risk in Europe. First the Brits. Our Government did nothing. Now a German evacuation. What’s the message - Balearics are not safe.

This spells disaster for our lovely island. Sad times.