Spain brings back mask regime due to COVID-19 and flu outbreaks: what's going on
In Spain, the number of cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, as well as influenza, increased sharply during the Christmas holidays. As a result, several regions of the country announced the renewal of some quarantine rules.
In particular, the rule requiring the wearing of protective masks in medical facilities has been returned. This was reported by Reuters on Friday, January 5.
In the Spanish region of Valencia, from December 26 to January 1, the level of respiratory infections reached 1,501 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. By this indicator, the region is second only to Castilla-La Mancha.
Healthcare leaders in the region have announced the need to wear masks for people with symptoms of these diseases, as well as for healthcare workers. This rule was also introduced in Catalonia.
And in Aragon, northern Spain, it was recommended to wear masks not only in medical facilities but also in all public places.
In Murcia, southeastern coast of the state, masks are also required. For its part, Galicia in the northwest limited itself to this recommendation.
It should be noted that Spain was one of the last countries in Europe to lift restrictions after the COVID-19 pandemic: the mask regime remained in place in public transport until February 2023, and in medical centers and pharmacies until July.
As OBOZ.UA previously reported, WHO believes that children and adolescents aged six months to 17 years without concomitant diseases do not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Experts have included this category of people in the low-priority group for vaccination against coronavirus disease.