The number of coronavirus cases in Spain have risen by 1,500 in a day – taking the total number of cases in the country to more than 5,700, the BBC reports.
It is the second worst affected country in Europe after Italy – which has recorded more than 15,000 cases.
Spain has declared a state of emergency, with Madrid on lockdown and resorts in Ibiza and Majorca closing bars.
The mayor of Seville, in the south, said Easter processions had been suspended amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jet2 planes from the UK to Spain turned back in mid-air as the airline announced it was cancelling all flights to the country amid the coronavirus outbreak today.
Jet2, which is based at nine UK airports and flies to destinations including Alicante, Malaga and Lanzarote, said it was cancelling all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands with immediate effect.
A spokeswoman for the airline confirmed on Saturday morning that flights had turned back.
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A statement from Jet2 said: “In response to local measures introduced throughout Spain to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including the closure of bars, restaurants, shops, and activities including any water sports, we have taken the decision to cancel all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands with immediate effect.
“We know these local measures will have a significant impact on our customers’ holidays, which is why we have taken this decision.
“We are contacting our customers who are currently in these destinations, and who are due to travel, to advise them of their options, so we urge customers not to call us.
“This is a fast-moving and complex situation and we are reviewing our programme as a matter of urgency, so that we can fly customers back to the UK.
“The health and safety of our customers is our number one priority, and we would like to thank our customers for their understanding.”
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to the following regions in Spain: Madrid and La Rioja, and the municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria (both in the Basque Country) and Miranda de Ebro (in Castilla y León).
The Spanish government has suspended all incoming flights from Italy until March 25.
It has also asked people to avoid unnecessary travel and to consider remote working where possible.
The FCO website says: “Authorities in the most affected regions (Madrid, the Basque Country, La Rioja, Catalonia, and Castilla y León) are putting in place extraordinary measures such as the temporary closure of schools, public sports centres, theatres and day care centres for the elderly due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
“The affected regions are prohibiting gatherings which involve more than 1000 attendees.
“All educational centres, including nurseries, schools and universities will close for 15 days or until further notice.”