Planes turn around mid-air because of Covid-19

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo, a British Airways plane, at left, is towed past other planes sitting parked at Heathrow Airport in London. British Airways and Asian budget carriers Lion Air and Seoul Air are suspending all flights to China as fears spread about the outbreak of a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. British Airways said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, it is immediately suspending all flights to and from mainland China after the U.K. government warned against unnecessary travel to the country. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

British travel company Jet2 has canceled all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands due to the Covid-19 disease.

At least five Jet2 flights from the United Kingdom to Malaga and Alicante in Spain turned around mid-air on Saturday, according to data obtained from flight tracking website Flightradar24, after the airline confirmed it would be canceling all flights to Spain.

The company said on Saturday the cancellations were in response to local measures introduced by the Spanish government.

On Thursday, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared a 15-day state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. Daily life has been severely restricted in several Spanish provinces and cities, with large gatherings canceled, restaurants shut and beaches closed to the public.

According to the Spanish Ministry of Health, there were 5,753 confirmed cases and 136 deaths as of Saturday morning. The country recorded an increase of more than 1,500 cases in one day.