MADRID – The Spanish central government and the regional authorities have decided not to take any restrictive measures during the holidays. They do, however, call for ‘caution’ and ‘responsibility’.
In addition, the authorities are still awaiting the European Union’s scientific judgment on the Omicron variant of the virus. Therefore, the population is urged to remain ‘cautious’ and ‘responsible’. Furthermore, government sources have confirmed this to the newspaper El Español. It is the first time the government in Madrid and the autonomous communities have agreed on anything since the start of the corona pandemic in March last year.
Sixth wave in Spain
The sixth wave is also on the rise in Spain. And along with the infections, the pressure on hospitals is increasing. So far, information regarding the Omicron variant is that the virus may be more contagious. However, the symptoms in those vaccinated are mild. In other words, if it turns out the Omicron variant manages to evade the effect of the vaccine, Spain will not run the risk of a collapse of the health care system, as was the case during the first wave.
According to sources consulted by El Español, 90% of the Spanish population has now been vaccinated. Furthermore, this ‘wall’ against the virus will soon be strengthened as children between 5 and 12 years will also be eligible for a vaccine against corona. Moreover, the booster shot has already been administered to people over 60. So now it is the turn of the healthcare staff.
The agreement on a period of holidays without restrictive measures became clear when the majority of regional prime ministers gathered in Spain’s parliament on Monday to celebrate the 43rd Day of the Constitution.
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