Announcement comes after authorities in France and Lebanon additionally affirm instances of the UK variant.
4 instances of a coronavirus variant that lately emerged in the UK and is believed to be significantly infectious, have been confirmed in Madrid, the regional authorities has stated.
All 4 instances, the primary detected in Spain, concerned individuals who lately arrived from the UK, the Madrid regional authorities’s deputy well being chief Antonio Zapatero instructed a information convention on Saturday.
“The patients are not seriously ill, we know that this strain is more transmissible, but it does not cause more serious illness,” he stated. “There is no need for alarm.”
There are one other three suspected instances of the coronavirus variant however the outcomes of assessments will solely be out there on Tuesday or Wednesday, Zapatero stated.
On Friday, authorities in Lebanon and France additionally confirmed cases of the brand new variant.
Since Tuesday, Madrid has banned all entries from the UK aside from Spanish nationals and residents.
The information comes because the Spanish authorities is anticipated to obtain 4.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses over the following 12 weeks, sufficient to vaccinate some 2.2 million folks, in response to the ministry.
The federal government expects to have between 15 million and 20 million folks of its inhabitants of 47 million vaccinated towards the virus by June.
The brand new pressure of the virus, which specialists concern is extra contagious, has prompted greater than 50 nations to impose journey restrictions on the UK.
The US on Thursday stated it’ll require all passengers arriving from the UK to current a destructive COVID-19 check for entry, whereas China suspended all flights from Britain over the brand new pressure.
Different nations which have suspended journey for Britons embrace France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Eire, Belgium, Canada, India, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia and Jordan.
Within the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman closed their borders fully.
Authorities in France, following a snap 48-hour journey ban this week, reopened its borders to the UK – partly to permit French residents to return house, in addition to to alleviate the large build-up of freight items – however had launched a testing coverage.