Spain lifts ban on flights from Italy but retains block on cruise ships
Topics: SPAIN ITALY
A reduced death rate from COVID-19 has encouraged Spain, with the world's fourth highest number of infections, to begin easing one of Europe's strictest lockdowns.
But the tourism-dependent economy is likely to have to wait until late June to welcome summer vacationers back.
Madrid surprised its European partners by introducing a two-week quarantine last week. Flights from Italy had been blocked since March 11.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is preparing to ask parliament to extend until late June a state of emergency which has helped limit infections but also brought unprecedented restrictions on borders and movement, causing huge economic damage. ■