Spain has reportedly hit a “critical moment” in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Many countries in the Schengen Area are advising their citizens not to travel to Spain for non-essential purposes.

At present, only Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden have not advised avoiding travel to Spain due to COVID-19 developments.

According to reports, Spain currently has the worst infection rate in Western Europe. The country recently reported an average of 4,923 new daily cases in the past week.

Spain’s cases per 100,000 people in the country have now hit 95.

Salvador Macip, an expert in health sciences at Catalonia’s Open University, told news agency AFP: “It’s a critical moment, we are right at a point where things can get better or worse.”

“This means we have to pull out all the stops to curb outbreaks before they become more serious.”

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Spain has had a total of 327,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 28,581 deaths reported.

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