By Tara Rippin • 13 March 2020 • 18:36
MEASURES: Certain seats must be kept free to protect drivers from the Coronavirus.
AVANZA Bus passengers are advised to limit travel and refrain from using the first two rows of seats in a bid to protect drivers as the Coronavirus takes a hold on the Costa Blanca.
One driver, Jose Antonio Jimenez, posted on social media: “From now on, the four front seats will remain free. As a driver, I ask for understanding and respect. I also ask (passengers) to minimise travel. Thank you.”
Spain was officially put on a state of alarm this afternoon, enabling the government to restrict peoples’ freedom of movement and ration the consumption of necessity goods.
And a closure order on bars, restaurants, cinemas and authority sports facilities was announced by the Valencian government.
The virus has already affected more than 4,000 people in Spain, with 120 fatalities.
Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez said this afternoon that the number of cases in Spain could rise to over 10,000 as early as next week, but added he was confident the country would defeat the virus, urging members of the public to play their part.
He urged citizens to wash their hands, stay indoors and protect themselves and those around them.
World Health Organisation (WHO) advice can be found at; https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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