In Spain, among other things, a recommendation to close restaurants from 11 p.m. is being considered, the media reported on Tuesday. After the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s spokeswoman did not want to comment. In front of journalists, Isabel Rodríguez only emphasized that they continue to rely on “vaccination and mask”.
Various regions, which have particularly high numbers of infections in a national comparison, had demanded from the central government in Madrid, among other things, “uniform guidelines” for the use of the Covid passport. While some regions such as the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and Galicia have already introduced 3G rules with the approval of the judiciary, each with a different scope, the Supreme Court of the Basque Country rejected a 3G obligation for restaurants and nightspots on Monday despite rising corona numbers.
One understands “the concerns of some regions” also against the background of the dramatic situation in many European countries, said Rodríguez. One is “very vigilant”. But Spain has one of the lowest incidences and at the same time one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe. One is therefore mainly working on plans for the booster vaccination.
Strengthen certificate controls
In Portugal, Prime Minister António Costa discussed the current situation with several party leaders. It was agreed that there should be no curfew and restrictions on freedom of movement, reported the newspaper «Público». Instead, the controls of the Covid passport at concerts, sports and other major events will probably be strengthened and a “3G-plus” rule may be introduced, in which those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered will also have to present a negative corona test.
In Spain, the seven-day incidence rose from the 2021 low of around 18 in mid-October to 79 most recently. In Portugal, the number was around 140. These values are relatively low in a European comparison. In Germany the incidence is approaching the 400 mark. In the Netherlands it is over 880 and in Austria around 1100. (SDA)