Government officials spray a Spanish beach with BLEACH to protect locals from ...

Spanish town sprays BLEACH over beach to prevent spread of coronavirus - but experts say it will have deadly consequences for local wildlife  Officials in Zahara de los Atunes sprayed the local beach with bleach They said it was in hopes of protecting locals from COVID-19 as residents begin to emerge again after six weeks of lockdown The town leader, Agustín Conejo, has admitted the decision was a mistake But he said it was made with the intention of protecting minors  Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:52 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 17:53 BST, 1 May 2020

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Government officials in a small coastal town in Spain have sprayed down a local beach with a diluted bleach solution in the hopes of protecting residents from COVID-19.

The decision was made by Agustín Conejo, head of the local government of Zahara de los Atunes in the southern province of Cádiz, whose residents will begin emerging from six weeks of COVID-19 lockdown over the next month.

Conejo said the decision to spray bleach was made to protect minors and children who would be returning to the beach, but admits the decision was a bad move in retrospect.

The local government in the Spanish town of  Zahara de los Atunes sprayed the beach with bleach to protect locals from COVID-19 as they begin to emerge from lockdowns, a decision that was widely criticized

The local government in the Spanish town of  Zahara de los Atunes sprayed the beach with bleach to protect locals from COVID-19 as they begin to emerge from lockdowns, a decision that was widely criticized

"I admit that it was a mistake, it was done with the best intention," he told the BBC.

The spraying was done with a number of tractors and small trucks equipped with long fumigation misters that released a diluted bleach solution across the beach sand and nearby

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