Spain exceeds three million infections and suffers a new record of deaths in the third wave

Anyone arriving in the UK from abroad will have to undergo two PCR tests for the coronavirus during one 10-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel.

The lockdown will cost travelers from the “red list countries” almost two thousand euros per person. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock also announced huge fines for those who do not comply with the rules.

“We will implement stiff fines for people who do not comply. This includes a sanction of £ 1,000 for any international arrival that is not tested mandatory, a penalty of £ 2,000 for any international arrival that does not undergo the second mandatory test, as well as the automatic extension of their quarantine period to 14 days, and a fixed penalty notice of 5,000 pounds rising to 10,000 for non-quarantined arrivals in a designated hotel. “

3 million infections in Spain and a new record of deaths

While Spain suffers its worst figures of the third wave with 766 new deaths in the last 24 hours and already exceeds three million coronavirus infections.

The Government has expanded the Requirement of a PCR test for those who come from 15 Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Uruguay) and also restrictions on travel from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.

Carolina Darias, Minister of Health, explained that “in the case of the United Kingdom it is the fourth extension that we undertake in the Council of Ministers since the first one we made back on December 22 and it has to do with the evolution of the British variant and Therefore, as in other European countries, the government of Spain has also extended until March 2 at 4:00 p.m. the restriction of flights for those from the United Kingdom. “

Court victory for hoteliers in the Basque Country

In the Basque Country, bars and restaurants may reopen this Wednesday after Justice has proved the hoteliers right.

With the capacity limitations and with sanitary measures such as the use of masks, the hospitality industry “does not seem a certain and serious risk element for public health”, according to the ruling of the Superior Court of Justice. Therefore, it cancels in a precautionary way the decree that orders the closure of catering establishments in the Basque Country in the municipalities in red, that is, with an incidence of more than 500 positives per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

Vaccination plan in Spain

Essential workers are next on the list to receive the vaccine in Spain. Firefighters, emergency personnel, civil and forestry protection, the Army, and infant and primary school teachers as well as the State Security Forces and Corps, will be the next groups to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Groups receiving AsraZeneca doses include active people up to 55 years old old.

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, personnel from pharmacy offices, forensic medicine, home help services, juvenile centers and day centers and workers from Penitentiary Institutions are included in a subgroup within Group 3 of vaccination.

More measures in Germany?

The Germans fear an extension of the restrictions. Authorities believe it is too early to lift the measures even though the number of cases is declining.

It will be discussed on Wednesday based on a study on the spread of variants within the country.