The Spanish government has ordered a two-week quarantine for all travellers coming into the country from 15 May in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus after one of Europe's strictest lockdowns helped slow down the epidemic in Spain.

Incoming travellers will have to remain locked in and will only be allowed to exit for grocery shopping, go to health centres and in case of "situation of need", an official order published today said.

The quarantine has been enforced for all travellers coming to Spain between 15 May and at least 24 May, when the state of emergency is due to end.

The quarantine order can be extended jointly with possible state of emergency extensions.

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Spain has so far extended its restrictions four times since mid-March.

The measures applied to all travellers, including Spanish citizens returning to the country.

Only truck drivers, airplane and ship crews, cross-border workers and health staff who are entering Spain to work are exempt from the quarantine.

Spain - one of the worst-hit countries by the pandemic - started phasing out restrictions in the past ten days.

Latest figures show the number of newly diagnosed cases of coronavirus in one day has fallen to its lowest in more than two months.

The health ministry reported 594 new cases today, bringing the total to 228,030.

The number of deaths related to Covid-19 rose 176 to 26,920.