The Dutch government has prohibited this Saturday the landing of planes from Spain as it is considered “a country of risk” due to the high number of cases of contagion by coronavirus, a measure taken previously with flights to and from Italy, China, Iran and South Korea.
The ban has entered into force at 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT), and will not apply to repatriation flights for Dutch citizens who are still in Spain and intend to return to their country of origin, the Minister of Infrastructure reported , Cora van Nieuwenhuizen.
The Dutch Government thus adds Spain to the list of countries whose flights are subject to a temporary ban on entering the airspace of the Netherlands.
The minister explained that the ban is “necessary” because Spain, the second most affected by the virus within Europe, now becomes a “high risk” country for coronavirus infections, and explained that this measure will last 14 days.
The only flights allowed will be those which, “planned and unplanned”, only carry Dutch citizens returning to the Netherlands on board.
A temporary ban on flights to Spain of 14 days also applies.
Meanwhile, the Dutch government has still not decreed the confinement of the population, despite the fact that the Netherlands has registered a record of contagions in the last 24 hours, with 637 new infections and 30 patients who died of the coronavirus, figures that increase the cases in the country to 3,631 infections and 136 deaths.