The Spanish government is trying to curb the sixth wave by wearing outdoor masks. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced before Christmas that he does not restrict festive gatherings, he only expects citizens to wear a mask.
In the southern European country, the obligation to wear an outdoor mask was in place for one year. The rule was abolished in June this year, after which it was only mandatory to wear a mask indoors, and in the open air only if it was not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from others. The Spaniards are so accustomed to the mask that many still wear it everywhere out of a sense of responsibility, so it is not a burden for most to reintroduce the restriction.
Several of the region’s leaders rated the government’s celebratory measures as little. Catalonia has introduced a night curfew in the most infected municipalities under its own jurisdiction, restricting gatherings to ten people and closing nightclubs as well as Asturias. Murcia has banned non-vital activities for the night, and Valencia has expanded the use of the Covid passport, so it will no longer be on display not only in bars but also in cinemas and theaters.
Rosa and Pedro are married to Alicante. They both agree to restrict vaccination, but they don’t like the introduction of outdoor mask use. The government needs to do something to improve the situation. If we need to put on the mask outdoors again, we will pick it up, but we don’t think it’s a useful measure. Vaccination should be encouraged. You have to get all the unvaccinated, like us, to finally take one of the vaccines, because that’s all the craze can only end. Our friends came to us a few days before Christmas, we were very surprised when after the visit it turned out that one of them was not vaccinated. We don’t want to receive unvaccinated people in our home They told our paper.
María and Lucas, by contrast, do not yet fully trust the vaccine. Nevertheless, Maria has taken two doses, but Lucas is still waiting: I’m not against vaccinations, I’m just waiting to see if it makes sense for me to give myself the antidote. Now I still feel like I wouldn’t defend myself with just this step. Many vaccinees have become infected in the country, which I think is due to the fact that many people no longer take care of themselves after vaccination. I’m more careful, I still disinfect, I wear a double mask if I have to, but I still want to wait for the vaccination Said the insecure man.
The government did not stop with the vaccine campaign during the holidays, and children under the age of 12 were vaccinated at Christmas. Simultaneously with the reinstatement of the mask wearing rule, the Prime Minister announced: the goal is to vaccinate eighty percent of the 60-69 age group with the third dose by the last day of the year. And by January 24, the 50-59 age group will have to receive the booster dose.
The government is not planning any further austerity measures and is not obliging anyone to vaccinate. Instead, he instructed hospitals to contract retired doctors to have enough people to care for patients who come in after the holidays. Spanish health institutions were on the brink of collapse after the water cross last year after so many fell ill at the festive gatherings that the intensive care units were saturated to eighty percent.
Cover image: People walking in masks on a pedestrian street in Barcelona (Photo: AP / Emilio Morenatti)
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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