Author - Laurence Lemoine

Negative test required to enter Spain

From the 23rd of November, Spain will require a negative PCR for all passengers entering the country by air or sea from 28 EU countries - such as Germany, France, Italy and Portugal - and 37 third countries, including Morocco and the United Kingdom.The PCR test must have been carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into the country and is in addition to the health checks normally already carried out on all international passengers at points of [...]

Is Spain heading towards a repeat of March’s total lockdown?

 Health experts argue that home confinement is the only proven strategy to slow the spread of the coronavirusSpain, like most of Western Europe, has been introducing increasingly tough restrictions in a bid to contain the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Spanish government has stopped short of ordering all residents to remain at home, as it did when it introduced a total lockdown during the first wave in March.As cases continue to rise and hospitals come under [...]

Night curfew and gatherings limited to 6 people in the Valencia Region. Travel between neighbouring cities, provinces and countries is still possible from 6 a.m. to midnight.

The new measures adopted by the Valencian government for the provinces of Castellón, Valencia and Alicante include: a limit of six people for family or social gatherings in public and private areas, gardens and leisure areas open only until 10 pm, a ban on drinking in bars, the closure of all establishments at midnight and night-time confinement from midnight to 6 am. On Saturday, 1,690 new positive cases were reported, an absolute record of daily infections since the start [...]

Over 1.5 million Spaniards are either jobless or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic

A recent report shows that the hospitality, transportation and retail sectors have been worst hit, predominantly affecting Spain’s coastal areas Six months after Spain first introduced restrictive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including a 99-day lockdown from mid-March to mid-June, more than 1.5 million people are either out of work or still furloughed due to the crisis, according to a report by the association of temporary employment agencies Asempleo.The figure was reached by taking the 753,000 individuals [...]

Spanish economy shrank 17.8% in the second quarter due to coronavirus crisis

The Spanish economy entered a technical recession in the second quarter of 2020 after recording a 17.8% fall in gross domestic product (GDP) between April and June. This is the largest quarterly drop since 1970, when the National Statistics Institute (INE) began the historical series. Nothing similar can be found on record since the days of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).The decline, however, was slightly under what the INE had forecast in late July when, lacking complete data, it [...]

Telefónica pledges to bring 5G to 75% of Spanish population by end of the year

Spain’s telecoms giant Telefónica on Tuesday announced that it has switched on its 5G signal, and promised that 75% of the Spanish population will have access to the new mobile network standard by the end of the year.However, the commercial launch will take place in late October or early November to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of 5G-enabled mobile devices on the market.The company said that 5G will be rolled out before year’s end in the 150 [...]

As schools reopen in Spain, how will the coronavirus affect the youngest students?

With just a few days left before schools are due to reopen across Spain, there is growing concern about the conditions that students and educators will find themselves in amid a nationwide resurgence in coronavirus cases.The youngest children – those aged three, four and five, for whom schooling is not compulsory although most Spanish parents enrol their kids – will not be wearing face masks while in class, following the experts’ recommendations.At a time of their lives when learning [...]

Valencia: European Capital of Innovation 2020 ?

Valencia is one of the lucky elected cities that could become the European Capital of Innovation 2020, as announced in a report of the European commission: Spain’s third largest city is one of the twelve chosen for the final round.According to this report, the award recognizes cities that “nurture innovation ecosystems in order to cope with current social challenges and to improve their inhabitants’ lives”.The winning city will receive €1,000,000 to “support innovation activities and to enhance its capacity [...]

Why is Spain facing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases?

This is what everyone is wondering… While the Iberian Peninsula had the most rigorous quarantine in the world, even outdoor sports and walks were not allowed, and their preventive measures are still one of the most severe since getting back to “new normal” (some even say they curb freedom), the country is facing a resurgence of positive cases.Madrid’s regional authorities had to recommend the inhabitants of the most afflicted areas to put themselves into quarantine; other cities have taken [...]

Spanish government preparing special unemployment payment that would benefit 550,000 jobseekers

Spanish government preparing special unemployment payment that would benefit 550,000 jobseekers. Spain’s Labor Ministry, unions and business associations are finalizing an extraordinary payment for people who are out of work and have exhausted their unemployment benefits between March 14, when the state of alarm was declared in Spain in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and September 30. That’s according to a number of sources, who have told EL PAÍS about the ongoing talks.The possible pact between [...]