Use of masks outdoors in Spain could be relaxed in the coming days.
AS the country’s coronavirus data improves as a result of the vaccination programme, the Spanish Health Ministry is considering easing some of the existing Covid-19 restrictions. According to Fernando Simón, director of the Coordination Centre for Health Alerts (CCAES) of the Ministry of Health, who held a press conference on Monday evening to present the latest report on the epidemic. The government’s chief epidemiologist said it’s “very possible” that the requirement to wear masks outside will be revised “in just a few days.”
He went on to state that he will “not give a date” for the de-escalation of this particular step, but that “it is true that it is possible that we would be able to make clear proposals for retracting the use of masks in specific situations.” However, he cautioned that this “does not mean that the rest of the measures will not be left in place.”
Simón explained that the steps would be eased depending on how the virus’s average outbreak in the country progresses. The 14-day average number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants is now 152, according to Monday’s article. If it falls below the 150-point mark, Spain would have moved from a high-risk to a medium-risk situation. The last time Spain fell below this level was on March 30, just as it appeared that a fourth wave was about to reach the world. In the end, the vaccine campaign and continuing social controls prevented a significant increase.
As reported by El Pais