- Spain would reintroduce mandatory face masks outdoors and use troops to speed up booster shots in a bid to stem a rise in cases.
- The government has set deadlines to raise the speed of booster shots across different age groups.
Spain would reintroduce mandatory face masks outdoors and use troops to speed up booster shots in a bid to stem a rise in cases.
Prime Minister Sanchez announced the measures in a meeting with the heads of regional governments. The cabinet will meet on Thursday to accept the steps via a decree.
The government has set deadlines to raise the speed of booster shots across different age groups. It plans to hire health care workers, improve their working conditions and bring back retired personnel to beef up hospital staff.
Record infections have raised pressure on Sanchez to take a call for bolder measures, which in turn can dampen a feeble recovery in the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy.
Catalonia has announced it will impose a curfew, shut nightclubs, limit gatherings and restaurant occupancy to arrest a surge in cases in Barcelona’s region.
In contrast, officials in the Madrid region, the country’s third most populated, have ruled out new measures despite cases increasing on Tuesday. The mayor tweeted on Tuesday that he has tested positive.
Lockdowns, travel bans, and curfews forced the Spanish economy to its worst contraction on record in 2020, the deepest in the eurozone.
According to the Bank of Spain, the rapid spread of Omicron across Europe has already hit activity in the fourth quarter by keeping foreign visitors away from a highly reliant country on tourism.
Officials from Holland to Portugal and Sweden have ordered tighter movement restrictions to avert the collapse of their healthcare systems.
In Spain, infections have reached a new daily record on Tuesday, and hospitalizations have climbed to 7,634 patients. Still, the intensive care unit occupation rate has been lower than in previous waves, with more than 90% of the population above 12 years old fully inoculated.
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