Health News

Spain to cut coronavirus quarantine to 10 from 14 days, SER radio says

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker wearing protective garments gives a passenger a document at the Adolfo Suarez Barajas Airport, after the Spanish government announced that from May 15th all people entering the country will have to go under quarantine for two weeks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain, May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government and regional authorities are set to cut the quarantine imposed on those who have had contacts with people tested positive to coronavirus to 10 days from a previous 14 days, Cadena SER radio station reported on Tuesday.

Spain has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in western Europe and regional authorities have ordered a partial lockdown from Monday in some Madrid neighbourhoods and other regions are taking measures to curb contagion.

Authorities have diagnosed more than 670,000 cases in the country since the beginning of the contagion and 30,663 have died of the disease.

La Ser said the regions and central government would agree on the shorter quarantine later in the day. The northeastern Catalonia region has already announced it would switch to ten days.

Reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by Ingrid Melander