New coronavirus outbreak on Costa Del Sol as more than 80 test positive just as Spain urges Brits to take hols there

THE Costa Del Sol has seen a fresh coronavirus outbreak after more than 80 people tested positive.

It comes just days after the country began welcoming holidaymakers again.

The first wave of Brits jetted out four days ago, with sunseekers reporting packed flights and emotional scenes across the Costa's airports as family and friends reunited for the first time in months.

But now 83 people in the region have tested positive for coronavirus, with the outbreak thought to be linked to Malaga's Red Cross centre where a staff member who recently travelled from the Canary Islands tested positive.

Most of the positive tests are a group of young migrants rescued at sea by workers from the centre, where 100 people are currently isolating the Olive Press reports.

Cops and workers in hazmat suits were seen standing guard at the centre.

At the moment, anyone returning from Spain will need to quarantine for 14-days when they land back in the UK.

But Spain has pushed for the creation of an "air bridge" between the two countries, to allow both nations to freely travel.

There are hopes that the UK will be able to formally announce an "air bridges" policy at the next review period – which is this week.

A series of “intensive phone calls” are still taking place to finalise the bilateral deals, which will start next week when a series of European holiday destinations, including France, Italy and Spain are declared safe by the Foreign Office.

It comes after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed 'air bridges' will only be agreed with countries which have a coronavirus test and trace system at the same standard as the UK as well a low rate of the virus.

The safe travel corridors will be set up after the quarantine review on June 29 and the Foreign Office will change their travel advice from “against all but essential international travel” to allow travel to these safe nations.

France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece, Belgium, Netherlands, Gibraltar, Bermuda, and possibly Portugal will all be announced in the first batch of ‘safe nations.’


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