Spain Returns To Full Sports Stadiums As Infection Rate Receeds

The Spanish Health Minister, Carolina Darias, announced yesterday Wednesday 16th February that sporting and football stadiums can return to full capacity in the coming weeks.

The health restrictions limiting fan attendance will be fully lifted on 4th March.

Although the government lifted the requirement to wear facemasks outdoors, last week, this will remain at all sports events, both indoors and outdoors.

All Spanish sports and football stadiums were closed with the March lockdown and this season the health authorities limited stadium capacity at 60%.

In October full seating returned briefly but is presently at 75% as a response to the omicron strain which caused infection rates to soar to their highest point since the pandemic began.

The announcement came as the Health Ministry released the latest official infection figures which shows a continuing fall throughout Spain.

The figures show that the infection rate fallen 82 points to 1,060 per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days – continuing the steady decrease since reaching a high of 3,418 per 100,000 at the end of January.

There remain wide regional variations in the figures, with Madrid´s 788 well under the national average and half that of Valencia and Catalonia.

Earlier this month, the Madrid regional authorities launched the Auto Appointments for the booster jabs to anyone over the age of 18 – stressing that the vaccination reduces the risk of infection across all age groups as well as the risk of hospitalisations by over 75%.

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Some 81% of the Spanish population has been full vaccinated and over 23 million “booster” 3rd injections have been administered.

The number of severe cases requiring hospitalisations has also dropped – there are currently 10,898 hospital patients being treated for Covid-19, representing an occupation rate of less than 9% and 15% for intensive bed units.

To date Spain has recorded some 10.7 million cases of Covid-19 of which 97,000 have been fatal.




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