Spaniards face £25,000 fines if they refuse to stay indoors as Brits scramble to get home and death doubles to 288 overnight

Spanish police stepped up their operation to force people to stay indoors today, with officers driving up and down beaches with megaphones, warning of prison time and large £25,000 fines for those we refuse to stay indoors on lockdown.

Footage shared on social media captures officers as they tell residents and holiday makers to ‘stay safely at your accommodation or home and follow instructions from local authorities’

British holidaymakers are struggling to escape the country after it was placed on lockdown this weekend, with Spanish deaths from the coronavirus doubling in 24 hours, health authorities have announced.

Lively streets in Benidorm represent ghost towns credit: EWN

Total infections in Spain have reached 8,000 and the Health Ministry said the nation has recorded 288 deaths since the start of the pandemic, up from 136 on Saturday.

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