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Unions have warned that thousands of staff could be laid off as the second wave of the coronavirus continues to damage the Spanish economy. In a statement issued last week, the CCOO union said that there was a significant backlog in the ERTE furlough scheme, and called for an increase in staffing level to reduce […]

Restaurants, bars and shopping malls will remain closed in Catalonia for at least another ten days, as efforts to contain the coronavirus continue. The region currently has the second highest incidence of the virus nationwide, and officials have said that they hope that the rate of infection will continue to fall in the next 10 […]

VAT on masks is to be reduced to 4%, it was announced yesterday in the Congress of Deputies. Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, made the announcement that tax on the items would drop from 21% to 4% after discussions were held with the European Commission in the week. The news came as the Government […]

The regional Government in the Valencian region has announced a further planned extension to the closure of the internal border in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. 🔴 Tancament perimetral 🗣️ "A hores d'ara tot sembla indicar que decidirem mantindre una setmana més la perimetració de la C. Valenciana. Avaluem les mesures […]

Health Minister Salvador Illa has said that the government has ordered 20 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, with an aim to start distributing the vaccine at the start of the next year. The two-dose treatment is to be offered free of charge to 10 million people who would most be considered at risk […]

A further 52,386 new covid-19 infections have been detected in Spain over the weekend, it was announced yesterday, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 1.3 million. The latest update from the Ministry of Health also announced the death of a further 512 people who had tested positive for […]

The Andalusian Government has announced that all non-essential activity in the region will close from 6:00 p.m., with an extension to the curfew, running from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. The Junta announced new controls to slow the spread of the virus, including restrictions on moving from one municipality to another. These new controls are […]

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said that a nationwide vaccination programme for the coronavirus could be available in May. In a speech made yesterday, the PSOE leader said that a vaccine could be in place for use across the country by the time the current emergency restrictions come to a close in six months time. […]

The European Commission has lowered it’s expected growth forecast for the Spanish economy this year, but has said that recovery next year will be stronger. In the latest briefing from Brussels, the report says that economic output will drop by 12.4% this year, then make gains of 5.4% in 2021 and 4.8% in 2022. Recent […]

The total number of deaths from people who have tested positive for Covid-19 rose by 1,623, according to the Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, the number of infections continues to grow, with the Health Ministry registering more than 25,000 new coronavirus cases compared to Tuesday. Over the last two weeks, Spanish authorities have detected close to […]