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Scores of boozy revellers cram into bar as Spain is ravaged by coronavirus second wave ‘fuelled by youngsters partying’

FOOTAGE has emerged showing wreckless revellers in Spain cramming into a bar as the country fights a vicious second wave of Covid-19.

Scores of youngsters can be seen boozing cheek by jowl in a rammed nightspot in Catalonia, blatantly ignoring coronavirus social distancing rules — with some even hugging and kissing.

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The video has come to light as Spain today registered its highest single-day tally of coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic, with 9,779 more Covid-19 cases reported .

The capital Madrid and tourist favourites Barcelona, Benidorm, Marbella are emerging as virus hotspots.

Spain has been by far the hardest hit in Europe. This week it overtook the US in new daily cases per million people, according to new figures.

Some regions in Spain, including the capital and Gran Canaria, are back in voluntary lockdown as coronavirus outbreaks rapidly unfold.

Others, like Catalonia, have tried to avoid lockdown by shutting nightclubs and banning outdoor drinking, with those caught risking a £14,000 fine. 

Bars and restaurants in the north east corner of Spain have been allowed to stay open — as long as they shut each night at around 1am and observe social distancing rules.

But footage obtained by El Pais shows the Badiu bar-restaurant in Queixans last Saturday night packed to the rafters.

Well-oiled punters can be seen singing, hugging and snogging fellow drinkers.

Several witnesses say despite the efforts of waiters, most of the rowdy revellers piled into the bar and ordered drinks without face masks on — or maintaining a safe distance from staff, or themselves.

It’s practically impossible to have young people between 18 and 25, sitting down, quiet and not dancing

Mauro Maqueada, the owner of Badiu, said: “We make all patrons enter with a face mask and do everything possible to adapt to the measures that are being applied. 

“Every night, we throw people out for not behaving.”

She added it should be up to “individual responsibility” and complained about how difficult it was for establishments to meet strict Covid rules.

She said: “It’s practically impossible to have young people between 18 and 25, sitting down, quiet and not dancing.”

Across Spain police are busting overcrowded house parties and videos showing partygoers flouting Covid-19 rules have shocked the country.

On Monday, video emerged showing scenes at the Eden Beach club in El Bajondillo, in Malaga, which outraged locals.

Euroweekly reported there were more than 200 people not following health and safety regulations directly in front of the beach club.

Its owners said they “only serve customers at a reserved table or hammock” and that it does not allow “the free movement of people through the establishment without wearing masks or keeping safe distances”.

Earlier this month Olivia Valera nightclub in Marbella closed after staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Just days before this police found 500 party goers crammed in there with no social distancing or masks.

 

On Tuesday Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called on the army to help deal with the escalating crisis.

Mr Sánchez warned the pandemic could “take control of our lives” again should the surge in cases continue into the Autumn.

Although the Spanish government declared Spain a safe country to travel, thousands of British tourists have been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days on their return from Spain or face a £1,000 fine.

Neighbouring France has recorded 6,111 new infections — its highest number since early May with level of new infections not seen since the height of the epidemic in early April.

Its government wanted to avoid a new nationwide lockdown, even as a senior adviser warned that a second wave could hit the country in November.

But wearing a face mask in public has become mandatory across Paris and several surrounding areas.

 

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