PARIS – France is advising its citizens not to travel to the Spanish region of Catalonia in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday.
Regional authorities across Spain introduced new coronavirus restrictions on Thursday aimed at stemming an increase in infections. France said last weekend that it had not ruled out closing the border between the two countries.
In Catalonia, nearly 8,000 cases have been diagnosed within 14 days until Thursday – almost half of the 16,410 detected across the country – despite guidelines for residents of the regional capital of Barcelona to stay at home.
“Regarding the situation in Catatonia, which shows indicators of aggravated infection, we strongly encourage French citizens to avoid going there until the health situation improves,” Castex told reporters. .