Spain will quarantine travelers from South Africa and Brazil for at least seven days after their arrival, Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Wednesday, in an attempt to suppress the more communicable variants of the coronavirus.
These travelers are required to stay at home and receive no visitors for 10 days upon arrival – unless they test negative during their quarantine, Darias said. In that case, they would be mobile again after seven days.
“It is an absolutely necessary and urgent measure to avoid the spread of these variants in our country,” said Darias when she urged the regions not to relax the measures. “We have to learn from what happened in previous waves … because once the numbers go up, it’s very difficult to go back down.”
After a surge after Christmas when the daily infections exceeded 40,000, Spain’s third wave is falling. The two-week incidence fell from 900 in late January to 350 cases per 100,000 people on Wednesday.
The infection rate rose 10,829 to 3.1 million on Wednesday, while the death toll rose 337 to 66,316.
In the next phase of its national vaccination schedule, Spain will give AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine to people aged 45 to 55, the Ministry of Health said.
The shot, which is currently legal for people between the ages of 18 and 55, is now being given to people in that age group who are at high risk of contracting the virus, e.g. B. day care centers and physiotherapists as well as police, fire brigade and teachers.
Most residents and staff of top priority care homes in Spain have already received two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, which are now being rolled out for those over 80 and medical professionals.
Those shots will be fired alongside those over 70 and then over 60, the ministry said, while people under 60 at high risk of serious COVID-19 will come next.
Authorities have given 2.7 million doses and 1.1 million people have received a full course in the population of approximately 47 million.
Opening hours and the hospitality sector have been eased in several regions, although curfews remain in place across Spain.