In Spain, the corona pandemic is gradually coming to an end. The country is now turning to ‘gripalización’ or ‘flu’. This means that Covid-19 is now considered a ‘common’ flu. Spaniards with mild symptoms who do not belong to a risk group should no longer be tested and should no longer be quarantined.
Spain has begun to return to ‘normal’ life. The new phase has come now that coronavirus causes far fewer infections and deaths. The epidemiological situation in the country, which was hit very hard at the beginning of the pandemic, therefore looks much better. For example, only 3.6 percent of hospital beds are occupied by corona patients. Nearly 85 percent of the population has been double-vaccinated, while about 51 percent of Spaniards have received a third dose.
The only measures that still apply are to wear face mask in public indoor areas and in public transportation. Certain places, e.g. hospitals, even stricter measures may apply.
The region of Galicia, in the northwestern part of the country, keeps the rules a little longer. People who want to enter a hospital or care center must be able to prove that they have been vaccinated, tested or healthy. In addition, there is still a limit on the number of people who can sit at a table in restaurants. The measures will certainly remain in force in the region until 9 April.
In general, infected with no or mild symptoms should no longer be quarantined from today. They do not even have to test themselves. Although Spaniards with few complaints do not have to stay home, health authorities still recommend limiting social interactions as much as possible and wearing masks if necessary.
The relief does not apply to persons who belong to a vulnerable group or who work with vulnerable people. These include people over 60, pregnant women and people who live or work in care centers or similar centers. They should be tested if they show symptoms – both mild and severe. If a person from one of these groups is tested positive, they must be in isolation for at least five days. People who have severe symptoms can also be tested.
‘End of acute phase’
The Spanish government has previously announced that corona policy will focus primarily on vulnerable people. This puts an end to ‘the acute phase of the pandemic’. If it turns out that the corona numbers are once again going in the wrong direction, the decision can be reversed, the Spanish newspaper informs El Pais† The government will therefore continue to follow the situation closely.
What is the corona situation in the Netherlands?
The last corona measures in the Netherlands were abolished last Wednesday. Since then, we are no longer required to wear face mask in public transportation. Testing for access at major indoor events and the advice to work from home were also reviewed. Basic rules, such as washing hands and staying home in case of complaints, still apply.
So few rules and also a declining number of positive corona tests. Between Sunday and Monday morning, the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) received a report of 21,504 corona infections. This is the lowest number on a Monday since the beginning of January, just before the omikron wave started.
The weekly average drops to 33,172 positive tests per day. Sunday it was 34,653. The weekly average has been declining since Friday, March 11, when there were 69,191 positive tests per day. RIVM received ten reviews of people who have died from their corona infection.
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