July 22, 2020 / 7:45 AM / 23 days ago

Spain says hopes no need to close French border over coronavirus

A worker wearing a face mask carries tourists on his rickshaw, after Catalonia's regional authorities and the city council announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Wednesday that a resurgence in coronavirus cases in Catalonia was coming under control, adding that she hoped this meant there would be no need for neighbouring France to close the border.

“With the latest data we have in Aragon and Catalonia we are a bit more optimistic. Catalonia has already reduced the number of infections over the last three days,” Maroto told an event organised by Europa Press news agency.

“Let’s hope that with these better data we don’t have to close a border that for us is very important for mobility with our European partners.”

Reporting by Emma Pinedo; Writing by Ingrid Melander

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