PHOTOS: Amid coronavirus pandemic, Spain’s tourism woes bode ill for rebound

The coronavirus crisis has pulverised Spain’s economy, triggering its worst recession since the civil war, with collapsed tourism numbers boding ill for hopes of a swift rebound. Hit by one of Europe’s worst outbreaks and strictest lockdowns, the economy came to a virtual halt in March and remained paralysed until the end of June. It shrank 18.5% in the second quarter, a drop so harsh it wiped out all the recovery achieved since the 2008 global financial crisis. The government had counted on tourists from northern Europe and further afield driving a third quarter recovery, but quarantines and travel advisories have dashed hopes as Spain battles with new localised outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease.

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A swimmer jumps into the water from the rocks at the Port Olimpic area of Barcelona, Spain on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Spain’s economy suffered a bigger blow than expected in the second quarter, leaving it with a long recovery that’s become even tougher after a new hit to its vital tourism industry. (Bloomberg)

A swimmer jumps into the water from the rocks at the Port Olimpic area of Barcelona, Spain on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Spain’s economy suffered a bigger blow than expected in the second quarter, leaving it with a long recovery that’s become even tougher after a new hit to its vital tourism industry. (Bloomberg)

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A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a closed rent shop of electric vehicles, after Catalonia's regional authorities announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain August 4, 2020. (REUTERS)

A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a closed rent shop of electric vehicles, after Catalonia's regional authorities announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain August 4, 2020. (REUTERS)

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A woman wearing a face mask walks past closed bars, after Catalonia's regional authorities announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain August 4, 2020. (REUTERS)

A woman wearing a face mask walks past closed bars, after Catalonia's regional authorities announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain August 4, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Souvenirs shop and bike rental owners play on a street as they wait for tourists, after Catalonia's regional authorities announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain August 4, 2020. (REUTERS)

Souvenirs shop and bike rental owners play on a street as they wait for tourists, after Catalonia's regional authorities announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain August 4, 2020. (REUTERS)

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A worker waits for customers by empty tables outside a restaurant terrace area at Placa Reial in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Bloomberg)

A worker waits for customers by empty tables outside a restaurant terrace area at Placa Reial in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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The Placa Reial square stands almost deserted in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (Bloomberg)

The Placa Reial square stands almost deserted in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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Officers of the Guardia Urbana local police arrive to patrol the Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Bloomberg)

Officers of the Guardia Urbana local police arrive to patrol the Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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Visitors look over the city Barcelona from the Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Bloomberg)

Visitors look over the city Barcelona from the Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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