19 Dec, 2021 @ 18:51
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Pedro Sanchez calls emergency meeting with Spain’s regional leaders as fears grow over spread of Omicron

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SPAIN is likely to face new ‘shared measures’ and coronavirus restrictions in a bid to stop the spread of the Omicron variant across the country, Pedro Sanchez has announced.

The Prime Minister of Spain that regional presidents will work together and consider putting in preventative measures as cases continue to rise.

It comes as Sanchez delivered a statement in Barcelona today on how the country must tackle the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of coronavirus.

The Prime Minister addressed the nation this afternoon as the public braces itself for the prospect of another tightening of restrictions ahead of Christmas. 

He said that the current infection rate in Spain was ‘not good’ and confirmed he has called an emergency meeting of regional presidents on Wednesday next week.

Sanchez warned at a media briefing on Sunday that Spain’s rising infection numbers were ‘worrying’ as the more transmissible Omicron variant replaces Delta as the dominant strain.

Spain’s leader pledged to ramp up the vaccine booster programme, calling the rapid spread of Omicron ‘a wake up call’. 

He said: “The more people the better, either with first doses or with booster doses.

“Let us intensify our actions in the face of the spread of the virus.”

Sanchez said that any changes to COVID restrictions in Spain will be revealed following a virtual meeting with Spain’s regional leaders on Wednesday, December 22. 

Asked if the nation should brace for new measures to tackle the spread of Omicron, Sanchez replied: “The virus is still with us, and fighting it must be a priority.

“The figures in the last few hours, with a cumulative incidence rate of 511 positive tests for every 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, pose a real risk to the health of our citizens.

“I’ve decided to call an extraordinary meeting for Wednesday 22 December to analyse the evolution of the pandemic and study measures with which to face it.”

He added that the new wave of infections ‘has different characteristics’ and that ‘shared measures’ should be expected.  

The last meeting with regional presidents was on 30 July in Salamanca.

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Kirsty Mckenzie

Kirsty is a journalist who has reported on news, entertainment, food and drink, travel and features since 2015. She lives in the south of Spain.
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5 Comments

  1. But, but, but, but… over 90% of the population has already been vaccinated… twice! Is the Prime Minister (snigger) telling us that all those vaccines haven’t worked, so everyone needs to take them all again? If someone had to take a polio vaccine three or four times in one year and yet that someone still caught polio, wouldn’t that ‘someone’ question the worth of the vaccine? I think someone needs to question the Prime Minister about the corona vaccine’s worth… or lack of it… and his own worth. Let me guess what his answer would (will) be: “It’s the fault of the un-vaccinated!” Am I right? Never in human history have the vaxxed needed to be protected from the un-vaxxed by giving the un-vaxxed a vaccine that didn’t protect the vaxxed from the un-vaxxed in the first place – kudos to the internet.

    “You best start believin’ in ghost stories… yer in one!”

    Location : Spain
  2. Wait! What?! I make an effort never to watch the UK news media, but someone sent me this and I just had to share it with the wonderful readers of The Olive Press. Listen to the numbers quoted (barely coherently by a government minister) and then wonder why all the panic. No, this isn’t a parody.

  3. Wait! What?! #2 “Stop tracing and quarantining of contacts, say Ministerial Advisory Committee.” Not in Spain, but South Africa. Wow! Sensible scientists. Come on, Spain; you can do it!

  4. Oh, come on…. The Olive Press, that once proud and fearless voice defending the truth, is now actively and maliciously censoring comments to prevent its readers from seeing the facts… the truth. Post the links in the comments. What are you afraid of? If I’m wrong, Stef and Jo will tell me, but at least give them, and all your other wonderful readers, the opportunity to see all that I have to show them: the links. I ask again; what are you afraid of? The government…?

    Location : Spain

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