The French avoid holidays in Spain and Portugal as a preventive measure to protect yourself from coronavirus contagion, in particular from the Delta variant. This was stated by the Minister of European Affairs Clement Beaune, interviewed by the broadcaster France 2. We are monitoring the situation in countries where the epidemic spreads very quickly: those who have not already booked their holidays should avoid Portugal, Spain, Catalonia in particular, where many French people go to party, said the minister, speaking of a measure of prudence. Beware, the pandemic is not over. Over the next few days, Beaune continued, enhanced measures could be launched against Spain and Portugal, should the infections continue to rise: some countries, he specified, have opened their doors too much to benefit from the tourist season.
From Cantabria to Andalusia, from the Basque Country to the Balearics, the epidemic in Spain starts again from the youngest. Covid-19 took advantage of the resumption of nightlife, end-of-school parties and outings, the new season of festivals and concerts, and softer rules for access to clubs and audiences. The data processed in recent weeks by the Ministry of Health indicate a surge in infections among the under 30s. Faced with the red light turned on by the vaccine in front of its favorite victims, the over 60s, the coronavirus has swerved towards adolescents and twenty-year-olds, not yet vaccinated but fortunately more resistant to the effects of the infection. Hospitals and intensive care units are therefore less affected than general practitioners.
After the gigantic outbreak of recent days in Mallorca, where over 800 students on field trips tested positive for the swab, the virus spread to the peninsula, reaching eleven autonomous communities. Always moving in the wake of very young and often asymptomatic groups. The latest findings highlight the important gap between the incidence of contagion in the general population, just over 150 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants, and the incidence in the younger group: 450 among 20-29 year-olds and 350 among teenagers. We know that, in the 20-24 range, one in 100 infected ends up in hospital; in the 25-29 range, it can happen for 1.5 out of 100 cases; In the group of people aged between 30 and 39, two or three people out of 100 may end up in it, said the Spanish health minister Carolina Darias.
The vaccination campaign gallops, with the aim of reaching 33 million immunized (70 percent of the population) by the end of August: currently, 56.9 percent of the population (nearly 27 million people) have been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 42.1 per cent (almost 20 million) completed the cycle. Governments of several autonomous communities such as Galicia, Cantabria and Valencia, according to reports The world, they intend to reinstate stricter preventive measures already in the next few days to stem the new peak. Therefore, the time limits for discos that had recently been authorized to remain open until 3 in the morning are back, while in Catalonia 30 or 40 percent of nightclub managers could spontaneously decide not to resume business because they are unable to ensure safety.
In the meantime, the central government is preparing to strengthen the Ley de Seguridad Nacional in the event of possible future crisis situations such as that generated by Covid-19. All citizens of age, according to information from Not, could be enjoined and employed by the authorities in roles and services deemed priority. The new rules would allow the requisition of basic necessities to constitute a strategic reserve which ensures self-sufficiency and avoids speculation. In short, the memory of the trafficking of masks and sanitizing gels and the scarcity of respirators is still fresh, but the draft reform examined by the Council of Ministers still appears vague on the indemnities and compensation provided for those who were forced to interrupt their activities to put themselves at the service public.
In Portugal, however, the worsening of the health situation
was caused by the Delta variant, now widespread almost all over the world: it has been reported in about 100 countries and, according to the Gisaid database, is already prevalent in India, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China, Israel , Russia and, in fact, Portugal. The Gisaid database believes that Delta is responsible for 76 percent of infections in the country, while in Spain the percentage of 44 percent. According to a report by the Portuguese National Institute of Public Health (Insa), the relative frequency of the variant would have reached 89.1 percent in the week ending June 27, up sharply from 45.8 percent three weeks ago.
In the last 24 hours the country has reported, for the first time since February, over 3,000 infections: new cases are 3,288, an increase of 40 per cent compared to the previous week that has greatly worried the authorities. Here too, the infections have been recorded particularly among unvaccinated young people, however, a key factor in keeping the number of victims low, well below February levels. The economy is broken down, the beaches are crowded and Prime Minister Antonio Costa has nothing left to do but invite citizens to maintain a high level of guard, to counter the fourth wave of the pandemic which overwhelmed the country after the reopening of the borders to European and British tourists decided in mid-May. We cannot distract ourselves or relax, Costa explained in recent days, reminding the Portuguese to maintain hygiene measures and social distancing.
At the moment only 38 percent of the population was vaccinated, maluned the campaign was open to the under 30s. To stem the infections, the Portuguese government last week decided to re-impose the night curfew in the 45 most affected municipalities, including the capital Lisbon and Porto, the second largest city in the country. Asked about a possible tightening of health restrictions, Health Minister Marta Temido said she could not rule out any measures. However, he said, the government is unlikely to be able to establish new restrictions without declaring a state of emergency again and, to do so, he will need the support of the President of the Republic, the conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who has already proved unfavorable.
In the face of these data, as explained above, the French minister of European affairs suggested to his fellow citizens to avoid Spain and Portugal: a recommendation, he said. Sure, travel throughout Europe, including Spain and Portugal, remains authorized, but we put on the alert on Portugal and Catalonia, very affected by the Delta variant.
The Italian government, at the moment, has not made any particular advice or recommendations on travel to Spain or Portugal.