By Chris King • 08 October 2021 • 21:56
Carolina Darias, the Minister of Health for Spain, spoke today, Friday, October 8, about the continued use of facemasks in Spain. She pointed out that Spain was one of the first to “de-escalate the restrictions, relaxing the measures, but always maintaining the culture of care, because the pandemic has taught us to be very humble”.
Ms Darias added that she believes the time is not yet right for the elimination of masks. With most regions of Spain now reporting less than 50 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, the minister stressed that the facemask should still be used indoors.
She said, “Spain was one of the first countries to have legislation that allows going outdoors without a mask, if distance is maintained”, but that in her opinion, “indoors, they are still necessary”.
The minister went on to explain that, “although last year there was almost no incidence of influenza, it is very important to continue with the mask this year at the beginning of the active period of the seasonal influenza virus, and that the maximum number of people are vaccinated against it”.
“We do not know whether flu or other viruses will arrive. We are going to go step by step, steadily lowering the indicators of accumulated incidence even further, and masks play a fundamental role. To continue advancing little by little to regain the long-awaited normality”, she continued.
Darias also indicated that before the end of the year she expects to have the decision of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), on the trials of Pzifer and Moderna, to know if a specialised pediatric vaccine will be approved or not. “I think that before the end of the year we will be talking about this vaccine, but we have to go by step. It does not depend on us, but it is quite advanced”, as reported by laopiniondemalaga.es.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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