Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Spain to require masks outdoors amid Covid surge - BBC News

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced plans for mandatory face-coverings outside in response to a dramatic rise in Covid-19 infections.

The rule was dropped only six months ago, but Spain saw a record 49,823 cases on Tuesday.

The Omicron variant is spreading across Europe fast and the World Health Organization says the region is once again at the epicentre of the pandemic.

In Spain, the variant is believed to account for almost half of infections.

Mr Sánchez told regional leaders the mask measure would be put to ministers and signed into law before Christmas. He also announced an acceleration of the vaccine booster programme with greater involvement from the military.

Spain had a very successful vaccine rollout and during the autumn months it avoided the kind of strict measures imposed by other countries. But the Omicron variant has spread in a matter of days, and the incidence rate has jumped to 695 cases per 100,000 people which is higher than a year ago...




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