(SPAIN) Coronavirus Travel Report: The country is to require people arriving by land from France to present a negative Covid-19 test, the Health Ministry said, amid rising numbers of French arrivals and an uptick in the case rate #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Mar.28: The new requirement will not apply to truck drivers, cross-border workers, and people who live within 30km of the border.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ‘Spain introduces test rules for land arrivals from France: ‘Anyone arriving by land from risk areas will have to present a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that was taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival’

The order will take effect three days after its publication in the Official State Gazette and until the government declares the end of the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The rate, which is measured over the preceding 14 days, rose yesterday to 138.6 per 100,000 people from 134 on Thursday, the Health Ministry said: It reported 7,586 new cases, bringing Spain’s overall tally to 3.26 million. The death toll rose by 590 to 75,010.

A French police officer controls vehicles at the border point with Spain, in Le Perthus, southern France (file image)
A French police officer controls vehicles at the border point with Spain, in Le Perthus, southern France (file image)

Many French people, weary of their own lockdown, have been flocking over the border to enjoy open bars and restaurants in areas such as Madrid.

But Spain’s coronavirus infection rate has continued to climb steadily over the past week, suggesting a long decline could be in danger of reversing.

The Health Ministry said risk areas were those classified by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The centre’s map shows that includes the whole of France

Johnson criticises ‘disgraceful’ attacks on police at protest: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly criticised “disgraceful attacks” on police officers after protests in Bristol against a new policing bill turned violent, resulting in ten arrests.

“Last night saw disgraceful attacks against police officers in Bristol. Our officers should not have to face having bricks, bottles and fireworks being thrown at them by a mob intent on violence and causing damage to property,” Mr Johnson said in a tweet.

“The police and the city have my full support.”

Police in riot gear beat back crowds of protesters with shields and batons.

Bristol has been a centre of protests against a bill that would give police new powers to restrict street protests.

Last Sunday, two police officers were seriously injured and at least two police vehicles set on fire in the city after a peaceful protest turned violent.

Local police said the disorder last night followed a protest involving more than 1,000 people. Large gatherings are currently not allowed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“The majority of people acted peacefully, however there was a minority who showed hostility to officers,” said Bristol police commander Mark Runacres. He added that three of the ten people arrested were also detained in connection to last Sunday’s disorder.

“Officers repeatedly encouraged people to disperse but once the atmosphere changed and people became physical it was necessary to take action.”

Philippine to reimpose stricter curbs in capital after surge in cases

The Philippines will reimpose stricter quarantine measures in the capital Manila and nearby provinces, a senior official said, as the country battles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases that put a bigger strain on hospitals.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the measures would be in effect from 29 March to 4 April.

The health ministry reported 9,595 new coronavirus cases, marking the second straight day the daily jump in infections remained above 9,000.

The country posted a record rise in three of the past five days.

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