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Spain: People celebrate the end of the curfew as if the pandemic is over


The Corona emergency in Spain has been lifted. Thousands of people celebrated in the streets of several cities - and disregarded the rules that still apply. The police intervened in Barcelona.

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The clock strikes midnight and the party begins.

In several Spanish cities, people celebrated the end of the corona emergency, like here in Madrid - and as if the whole pandemic had ended.

For example, the night curfew no longer applies since Sunday.

The cordoning off of numerous regions has also ended.

Mask and spacing rules still apply, but they have been ignored on a large scale.

This is also the case in Barcelona.

Here, too, many people were drawn outside at night.

Many rushed to the beach.

And in the city center, the police disbanded a group of around 2,000 people.

Meetings are currently allowed with a maximum of six people.

The 7-day incidence in Spain is lower than in Germany, but was recently still 84. Health experts now fear that the numbers could rise again due to increased travel and contacts.

The people who took to the streets at night didn't seem to care.

Luis Rigo, resident of Madrid:

“I think the right to be on the street is a right that other places have already reintroduced, it is a fundamental right.

Moving freely is a basic right and that's why I'm happy.

And the rest [like keeping your distance] everyone has to deal with themselves. That's what I believe, and I'm happy. "

Mateo Torres, resident of Madrid:

“It was very tough, we waited for this moment.

We are now very happy that it is coming to an end.

Many loved ones have passed away and we have managed to move on.

I work in a bar and I hope that we will soon be able to do the work we did before. "

That sounds like a premature pandemic conclusion.

Particularly noteworthy is the reference to the fatalities.

Because if people in the country now become so careless, while only a small part of the population enjoys vaccination protection, this is likely to claim even more victims.

So far, almost 80,000 people have died in Spain as a result of a corona infection.

A good 28 percent of the population received their first vaccination against Covid-19.

Almost 13 percent are fully vaccinated.

Source: spiegel

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