Outrage after beach in Spain in sprayed with bleach to kill coronavirus germs

The disinfectant has since "devastated" local wildlife who had been thriving on the beach since strict lockdown measures came into force across the country, keeping humans away.

Outrage after beach in Spain in sprayed with bleach to kill coronavirus germs

There's been outrage in Spain after a beach was sprayed with bleach to protect children playing on the sand from the coronavirus.

The disinfectant has since "devastated" local wildlife who had been thriving on the beach since strict lockdown measures came into force across the country, keeping humans away.

Tractors were used to spray more than 2km of the beach at Zahara de los Atunes, near Cadiz, one day before Spain allowed children out of lockdown for the first time.

More than 23,800 people have died from COVID-19 across the country.

Environmentalists say the disinfectant "killed everything on the ground, nothing is seen, not even insects".

"Bleach is used as a very powerful disinfectant, it is logical that it be used to disinfect streets and asphalt, but here the damage has been brutal," María Dolores Iglesias, who heads an environmental volunteer group in the Cadiz region, said according to the BBC.

The sands and dunes are protected breeding and nesting places for migratory birds, with some nests and eggs destroyed by the machinery.

"They have devastated the dune spaces and gone against all the rules," she said. "It has been an aberration what they have done, also taking into account that the virus lives in people not on the beach. It is crazy.

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"The beach has its own way of cleaning itself, it was not necessary."

Authorities have since apologised but the Andalusian regional government hasn't ruled out fining those responsible.

"I admit that it was a mistake, it was done with the best intention," local official Agustín Conejo said.

Greenpeace in Spain compared the situation to US President Donald Trump's suggestion that injecting people with disinfectant could cure the coronavirus.

"Fumigating beaches in the middle of the breeding season for birds or the development of the invertebrate network that will support coastal fishing... is not one of Trump's ideas," the organisation said on Twitter. "It is happening in Zahara de los Atunes."

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Ruby Princess likely 'ground zero' of Tasmania COVID-19 cluster

Two-thirds of the island's 219 cases are linked to the virus cluster that forced the closure of Burnie's hospitals this month.

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The ill-fated Ruby Princess cruise ship is likely the "ground zero" of a deadly coronavirus outbreak in northwest Tasmania, an investigation has revealed.

Two-thirds of the island's 219 cases are linked to the virus cluster that forced the closure of Burnie's hospitals this month after dozens of workers and patients tested positive.

Eleven of the state's 12 virus deaths have been in the region, the latest an 86-year-old woman who died yesterday.

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Premier Peter Gutwein released findings of the state government's interim report into the cluster this morning.

"What the report confirms is that most likely that 'ground zero' for the outbreak at the North West Regional Hospital was the Ruby Princess," he said.

The Premier said that while the root cause was the Ruby Princess, it is still not known how the virus spread throughout the north-west, infecting 146 people.

"There are two points that I want to make: no passenger is to blame and no healthcare worker is to blame," he said.

"In terms of how the infection, this highly infectious disease, has then been spread is to be frank something that we will never know."

Ruby Princess departing Port Kembla (AAP)

Tasmania's first three fatalities, including two people at the North West Regional Hospital, had been passengers aboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship, who were permitted to disembark in Sydney before test results were returned.

More than 4000 healthcare staff, patients and their families were forced into quarantine to mitigate the outbreak, which also prompted tough social restrictions in the region.

Mr Gutwein has pledged an independent review of the cluster at a later date.

The outbreak appears to have been brought under control, with just one new case reported overnight – a female healthcare worker from the region.

With AAP.

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