Daily US Times, Madrid: British travel company Jet2 planes turned around mid-air as the airline canceled all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands in a response to local measures introduced by the Spanish government.
The decision came after at least five Jet2 planes heading to Spain have been turned around mid-air.
A Jet2 spokesman confirmed it in a statement. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared a 15-day state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.
The company said the health and safety of its customers was its number-one priority.
The confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain have risen by 1,500 in 24 hours and thousands of people have been placed in lockdown. So far, 120 people have died from the virus.
A newborn baby and its mother tested positive for the coronavirus at North Middlesex Hospital in England. Doctors are trying to sort out whether the baby was infected during birth or before.
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently meeting officials at Downing Street to discuss the pandemic.
Eleven people have died in the UK as the total confirmed number in the country increased to 820, but the government said on Friday that they estimated the true number could be 5,000 to 10,000.
Jet2 flies to destinations including Alicante, Malaga, and Lanzarote from nine UK airports.
Daily life has been severely restricted across the world due to coronavirus.
On Friday, British Airways warned it would need to ground flights ‘like never before’ and lay off staff in response to the coronavirus. And Ryanair told staff they might be forced to take leave from Monday.