By Chris King •
Updated: 29 Mar 2022 • 19:30
Carolina Darias says Spain is going 'step by step' towards relaxing measures.
Speaking at the meeting of European health ministers in Brussels today, Tuesday, March 29, Carolina Darias, Spain’s Minister of Health, advocated for going “step by step” in relaxing the prevention measures against coronavirus.
“It will be decided when the experts who advise us also propose it, we are going to go step by step, taking measures from prudence, from progressiveness and from gradualness”, Ms Darias informed.
With this statement, the minister avoided offering any precise timeframe when asked when the Government plans to lift the mandatory use of masks. This is a decision that other European partners have already made, such as Belgium, where masks are only imposed in medical centres and public transport.
The minister defended the “strategic response” with which Spain has faced the pandemic, pointing to the very high vaccination rate that has led to a great immunity in the country. She also highlighted how Spain has suffered a lower impact from the sixth wave than most European countries, adding that the cases of contagion have been “milder or asymptomatic”.
Despite the relaxation of measures that have been applied since this week, Ms Darias also emphasised that the authorities will continue to “monitor and control” the evolution of the pandemic in Spain. Although, “in another way”, that is, “focusing surveillance on the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly or medical personnel”, as reported by 101tv.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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yes, well please do focus on the vulnerable groups, as has always happened in healthcare and let the rest of us get on with our lives, let tourism go back to normal, let life go back to normal. Before this country is completely bankrupt. Before any more of our children suffer psychological truama. before more people die from not being treated for other conditions.
Breathtakingly daft decision making from the Health Minister flying in the face of all the science. Masks have never helped prevent transmission rates – the evidence is everywhere. Spain seems to have an obsession with them, even re-introducing them outside recently before having to climb down because even they couldn’t defend it any more. Look at South Korea – fully masked yet seeing more cases than any other country. Masks are only used to control and scare people (particularly vulnerable people) into compliance, and it is a shame that Spain continues with this charade when other governments are finally seeing sense and getting rid of them. Apart form anything else they are an environmental catastrophe, with tens of billions of the things going into landfill and our oceans, as well as lining China’s pockets, which is sadly ironic.
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