Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darías has recommended mask use indoors as a result of the recent rise in Coronavirus cases. There is currently no indication, however, that any mask laws will be reintroduced.
Darías made the recommendation in the face of rising infection figures caused by the BA4 and BA5 strains, and also recommended that those who had not yet received booster jabs do so. While over 92% of Spanish residents received the first doses of the Covid vaccine, take-up for the boosters has been lower, especially among younger age groups.
Infection figures among over 60-year-olds – the only group for which figures are released since the decision to monitor Covid more like the flu – are still rising in the Canaries, and Lanzarote’s 7-day infection rate entered “high risk” territory yesterday.
One of the main worries of the government is health workers having to take sick leave during the summer months, at a time when hospitals and health centres may already be low-staffed due to holidays.
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