By Ron Howells • 07 June 2021 • 11:26
Coronavirus rates in Catalonia reach an 11 month low as Spain opens up to tourists. image: Wikipedia
Coronavirus rates in Catalonia reach an 11-month low as Spain opens up to tourists.
Catalonia has managed to lower its regrowth risk indicator (EPG), which measures the potential growth of the epidemic, from high to moderate, by decreasing seven points and reaching 98, below 100, something that had not happened since July 6, 2020, 11 months ago.
The incidence rate of accumulated cases in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants has also dropped to less than 100, which today, Monday, June 7, is 99.98, three less than the day before.
According to the data updated by the Spanish Department of Health, there are now 610 patients with Covid admitted to Catalan hospitals, 20 more than on Sunday, of which 203 are in the ICU, amounting to two less than the day before.
Vaccinated tourists from all over the world are now allowed to visit Catalonia and all of Spain. The new norm came into effect on Monday after being published in the Spanish Official Gazette (BOE) on Saturday.
Travelers have to be vaccinated with full inoculation – that is, both doses when needed – at least 14 days before their journey.
This rule applies to the jabs accepted by either the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organisation (WHO): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm and Sinovac-Coronavac.
All tourists coming by air or sea will have to fill a form in the Spain Travel Health website or app in order to ‘facilitate tracking those passengers that need to be contacted.’
Those over six visiting after crossing the land borders and coming from countries with an especially high risk of Covid-19 will have to show a document such as a vaccination certificate, a negative Covid-19 test, a certificate of recovery after having gone through the disease, or the EU Digital Covid-19 certificate. Either of these would work for both travellers coming from the Union or the rest of the world.
Antigen tests, not only a PCR test, will now also be accepted when a Covid-19 test is needed to enter the country.
The Euro Weekly News is running a campaign to help reunite Brits in Spain with their family and friends by capping the costs of PCR tests for travel. Please help us urge the government to cap costs at http://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/04/16/ewn-champions-the-rights-of-brits-in-spain-to-see-loved-ones-again/
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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