Canary Island shuts beaches after being hit by second coronavirus wave

A Canary Islands tourist hot spot has closed its beaches immediately after being hit by second coronavirus wave.

The holiday island of El Hierro in the Canaries has shut down its beaches immediately after suffering its first serious outbreak of coronavirus in months.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has offered officials running the country's 17 regions help from the military to conduct coronavirus contact tracing.

He has pledged to declare regional emergency orders if the expansion of the pandemic continues, facilitating regional officials ability to issue lockdowns and restrict mobility.

Sanchez says the infection rate is preoccupying but called it far from the situation in mid-March, when the government imposed a state of emergency.

Spain is grappling to control transmission of the virus, with a new wave hitting the country only days before the opening of the school year. Sanchez encouraged Spaniards to download a contact-tracing mobile app that the government is rolling out.

More than 400,000 people have been infected since the onset of the epidemic and at least 28,872 have died from the coronavirus. However, the figure doesn't capture many who died without being tested.

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