Canary Island hit by coronavirus second wave of at least 40 new cases

Canary Island closes its beaches immediately after being hit by coronavirus second wave of at least 40 new cases El Hierro previously registered few cases and no deaths prior to second wave At least 40 people are infected prompting local authorities to take urgent action  Local president Alpidio Armas today announced new preventative measures These include prohibition of using the bathing areas on the holiday island

By Rita Sobot For Mailonline

Published: 22:33 BST, 31 August 2020 | Updated: 22:37 BST, 31 August 2020

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A holiday island in the Canaries has had to shut down its beaches after being hit with a second wave of coronavirus.

El Hierro previously registered only a handful of cases and no deaths. 

But a second wave of the virus has left at least 40 people infected - prompting local authorities to take urgent action.

Local president Alpidio Armas today announced new preventative measures which include, among others, the prohibition of using the bathing areas on the island.

El Hierro - a holiday island in the Canaries -has had to shut down its beaches after being hit with a second wave of coronavirus

El Hierro - a holiday island in the Canaries -has had to shut down its beaches after being hit with a second wave of coronavirus

He said: 'Early intervention has been shown to be a fundamental tool to prevent the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus in El Hierro'.

'In this sense, health protection measures have been issued, within each area of competence, in order to reduce and prevent risky contacts between citizens in relation to Covid-19.'

The island is the second smallest of the popular Canaries and attracts tourists looking for a more serene holiday in stunning surroundings.

Health chiefs are devastated that their good record has been hit and want to take decisive action to prevent a further spread.

The measures imposed immediately also include closure of public spaces; restriction of access to

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