Spain tightens restrictions for Christmas

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In Spain, coronavirus restrictions will be tightened for the Christmas holidays: between 23 December and 6 January, the country’s 47 million citizens will only be allowed to leave their respective home regions in exceptional cases. This was decided today by the central government and the 17 autonomous communities of the country, as Health Minister Salvador Illa announced after the video conference in Madrid in the evening.

According to the agreement, however, people in Spain will be allowed to cross regional borders during the cordoning off for meetings with close family and friends. There will also be the exceptions that are common for cordons, such as travel to work and to the doctor.

The maximum number of participants allowed will be increased from six to ten on December 24, 25, and 31, and on January 1, including children. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the start of the night-time curfew, which applies practically throughout the country, will be postponed to 1.30 a.m.

Each region may decide for itself
Within the framework of the emergency, which has been in force since the end of October and until 9 May, each region – unlike in the spring – is allowed to decide on the measures it takes to contain the pandemic. However, several regions had called for more or less uniform regulations for the entire country for the holidays. It was said that the mistakes of the summer should not be repeated, when the economy was given priority over the fight against the virus and measures were relaxed too quickly.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, more than 1.6 million infections with the corona virus have been counted in Spain. Almost 46,000 people have died with Covid-19, but the situation has been getting better and better for weeks. The number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days has fallen from well over 200 to 102 since mid-November.

According to current data, Austria has a 7-day value of 311 two weeks after the start of the lockdown. Nevertheless, the lockdown will be gradually eased from next week onwards.

hp, Source: ORF.at/agencies: picture: pixabay.com

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