Spain, a popular holiday destination among Germans, will henceforth treat a coronavirus infection almost the same as a normal flu-like illness. People infected with Sars-CoV-2 who have no or mild symptoms can continue to lead normal lives. There will no longer be a mandatory coronavirus test or home isolation. Only people in at-risk groups will continue to be subject to the current requirements. These include people over 60 and those with immune deficiencies, as well as pregnant women and health care workers. The relaxation of the country’s covid restriction went into effect Monday.
In Spain, masks must now be worn only in public buildings and on public transport
This means that the only one of the strict measures once introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus in most autonomous communities, which roughly correspond to the German states, remains the obligation to wear masks in public buildings, as well as on buses, trains and planes. In Galicia, the 3G rule (admission only for the vaccinated, recovered and tested) still applies in hospitals and retirement homes, and restaurants have a limit on the number of guests per table. However, even these restrictions will cease to apply on April 9.
The epidemiological situation in Spain, which was particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the first few months, has now improved significantly. As of Friday, the country had 227 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to a COVID-19 incidence of more than 1,756 in Germany. Only 3.6 percent of all hospital beds are occupied by coronavirus-infected patients. Nearly 85 percent of the Spanish population is fully vaccinated (nearly 76 percent in Germany). 51 percent have also received the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (just over 58 percent in Germany).
Poland retains mandatory use of masks only in health care facilities and pharmacies
The quarantine requirement has also been lifted in Poland due to a decline in the number of cases of the coronavirus. As of March 28, people infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus will no longer be legally required to remain in isolation, and co-households will not have a home quarantine imposed. Health Minister Adam Niedzielski further announced that the quarantine requirement for people entering from abroad has been lifted.
Moreover, the obligation to wear masks now only applies to medical facilities and pharmacies. However, Niedzielski recommends that masks should still be worn in areas of high human concentrations. “The international situation, as well as the prospects and forecasts we have are positive,” the minister said. Therefore, he said, a significant reduction in infections and hospitalizations can be expected by the end of April. Already on March 1, the Polish government lifted the limits of people allowed in shopping malls, museums, hotels and restaurants.
According to official statistics, nearly 6 million of the approximately 38 million Poles have been infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. Nearly 115,000 of those infected have died. According to the Health Ministry, there were significantly fewer deaths last week than the week before.
Source: www.n-tv.de, www.insidegermany.co