Rome may be forced back into lockdown after coronavirus spike – as Spain faces similar fears

ROME may be forced to go back into lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases.

The Italian region of Lazio, which includes the capital city, has warned citizens it may enforce previous restrictions if infections continue to rise.

The region confirmed 17 new cases on Sunday, with 10 people returning to Italy from overseas.

Coronavirus cases in Italy are 244,752 with 35,073 deaths – 12,199 cases are still active.

Lazio’s Health Commissioner Alessio D’Amato pleaded for people to continue with face coverings.

He wrote on Facebook: "I appeal for the use of masks, otherwise, we'll have to close down again.

"We can't turn back and waste all the efforts done till now."

It follows fears that Spain may be taken off the UK's travel list of safe countries after spikes in cases across the country.

Barcelona is on the brink of lockdown after locals were urged to remain indoors unless essential, while the Balearic Islands has enforced face masks in public spaces.

British tourists have been welcomed back to both countries since last month, with both Spain and Italy not requiring UK travellers to quarantine on arrival.

The UK government has also lowered restrictions for travelling to the two countries, and does not require travellers to self-isolate when returning home.

We went to Italy to see what a holiday to the country is like post-pandemic – and found face masks in hotels, temperature checks at restaurants and hotels, and hand sanitiser at every step.

Despite this, beaches and hotels remain emptier than ever as nervous tourists fail to return in their hordes.

Ireland has revealed the list of safe travel destinations which includes Italy – but not Britain.

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