Tuesday, February 27

Spain

Almost 10 Percent of the Population of La Palma has Already Fled the Volcano
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Almost 10 Percent of the Population of La Palma has Already Fled the Volcano

On the Canary Island of La Palma, almost 10 percent of the population has now had to flee from a volcanic eruption, which started more than a month ago.   In the last 24 hours, the authorities forced about 500 residents to leave their homes. This brings the total number of evacuees to about 7,500. An end to the volcanic eruption in the south of the island is not yet in sight. Therefore, more evictions are taken into account. The continuous flow of lava has already engulfed entire hamlets and the village of Todoque. Now the centre of the village of La Laguna is in danger of being swallowed by the red-hot mass. A large proportion of the displaced will never be able to return to where they once lived. Their houses have been destroyed, and it will take many years to rebuild on the coo...
Catalonia Bans Going Out and Curfew Again in Valencia
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Catalonia Bans Going Out and Curfew Again in Valencia

The Spanish tourist regions of Catalonia and Valencia are coming up with new measures to contain the latest wave of the coronavirus. In Catalonia, where Barcelona is located, all public activities must end at 12:30 am.   You can also meet with a maximum of ten people, whether that is private or public. In the region of Valencia, south of Catalonia, a curfew has been announced for more than thirty cities. The curfew from 1 am to 6 am also applies to the regional capital of Valencia, Spain's third-largest city after Madrid and Barcelona. All gatherings are limited to a maximum of six people. "The numbers are beyond worrying; they are frankly very, very bad," said the Catalan health minister. But also in the rest of Spain, there has been a rapid increase in recent weeks. This mainly...
Spain Will Keep A Register of Vaccine Refusers
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Spain Will Keep A Register of Vaccine Refusers

The Spanish authorities will keep a register of people who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19.   The data will be shared with other European countries, but not made public. The Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said this on Monday. In an interview to television channel La Sexta, Illa reiterated that the vaccine against the coronavirus would not be mandatory. But whoever refuses such a vaccine will be put on a list shared with other countries in Europe, he continued. Illa clarified that it would concern people who were offered a vaccine, but who declined that offer. The document will not be made public and is prepared with the utmost respect for protecting private data, the minister assured. According to the most recent data, the proportion of the population that does no...
Spain Closes Discos and Nightclubs Against the Spread of Corona
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Spain Closes Discos and Nightclubs Against the Spread of Corona

Spain is closing all discos and nightclubs to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus. Restaurants and bars may remain open, but from now on, they have to close every night at 1 a.m.   That said the Spanish health minister on Friday. Smoking in outdoor areas will also be restricted when it is impossible to keep a safe distance, along with other new measures to combat an increase in coronavirus infections, Minister Salvador Illa said. Illa also advised against gatherings of more than ten people and specifically warned young people not to gather outside to drink alcohol. Corona infections in Spain have increased again in recent days, bringing the total number of cases reported since Thursday to 337,334 since the start of the pandemic.
Spain Gives € 1.7 Billion for Developing Countries With Coronavirus
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Spain Gives € 1.7 Billion for Developing Countries With Coronavirus

Spain is giving 1.7 billion euros to developing countries struggling with the dreaded coronavirus.   This has been announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya. Spain wants to help improve healthcare and "help restore rights and capacities," she said. Her country will receive EUR 73 billion from the newly created European Union recovery fund and can also borrow approximately 67 billion from the fund.
Spanish Supreme Court Opens Investigation into Former King Juan Carlos
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Spanish Supreme Court Opens Investigation into Former King Juan Carlos

The Spanish Supreme Court opens an investigation into former Spanish king Juan Carlos.   The court is examining whether corruption was involved in the procurement of a high-speed line in Saudi Arabia and whether Juan Carlos could also be prosecuted for it, because until his resignation six years ago he enjoyed immunity as the king. Juan Carlos' kingship was plagued by corruption scandals. The Spanish Supreme Court's investigation is part of an investigation by the anti-corruption agency into the procurement of a high-speed line in Saudi Arabia. The contract for that train connection between the Saudi cities of Medina and Mecca went to a group of Spanish companies in 2011. The Supreme Court is considering whether Juan Carlos should be involved in the case, because until June 2014...
Spain Reports Two New Deaths From Coronavirus
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Spain Reports Two New Deaths From Coronavirus

The Spanish Ministry of Health announced on Friday that only two patients have died of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.   With an increase of 39 casualties in a week, the official total number of deaths is now 27,121. Since the coronavirus outbreak in Spain, nearly 240,000 cases of infection have been identified. In recent times, the figures have been adjusted several times, and even now they can fluctuate daily, the government warned. She blames the switch to a new registration system.
Spanish Coronavirus Death Toll Increases by 95
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Spanish Coronavirus Death Toll Increases by 95

The Spanish death toll from the new coronavirus rose by 95 on Wednesday. That's a slight increase from Tuesday's 83 deaths, the Department of Health said.   The total death toll is now 27,888, the ministry said, while the number of confirmed cases of infection has risen to 232,555. Spain requires the wearing of mouth masks in public places for everyone from 6 years old, both indoors and outdoors, if it is not possible to keep 2 meters away from each other. According to a regulation published on Wednesday, masks must then be worn on public roads and other open spaces, as well as in closed public places. The measure applies from Thursday during the state of emergency. It is not yet clear when it will expire, possibly as early as June 7, Spanish media reported.
Spain Outstrips Italy With Most Corona Infections
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Spain Outstrips Italy With Most Corona Infections

Spain has outflanked Italy as the European country with the most corona infections. The country now has 124,736 infections, and the Italian authorities registered 124,632.   This is evident from the latest figures on Saturday evening. Italy still reports the highest number of deaths, more than 15,300. In Spain, more than 11,700 people have died of the virus so far. However, there are reports from both countries that the growth in the numbers of victims and infections seems to have peaked. For example, Italy reports the lowest number of new corona deaths since March 26 with 681. The number of hospital admissions to intensive care units has also declined for the first time since the corona pandemic exploded there more than a month ago. The number of patients in the ICU departments...