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MAP: Which regions in Spain still require a Covid pass for daily affairs?

As Covid cases continue to decline, all of Spain's regions have now scrapped the use of the Covid pass in most venues. However, they are still required by some regions to access hospitals and care homes. Read on to find out where.

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A woman scans a QR code for the Covid pass. Photo: Bertha WANG / AFP

All regions, except Madrid, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura introduced the Covid pass in some form or another, however over the last two months, all other regions have decided to get rid of them. 

They are now only required in some regions to access hospitals and care homes. 

Here is a map and information which details what the Covid health pass rules are in each of Spain’s 17 regions. 

Andalusia: As of February 15th, the Covid pass is no longer required in Andalusia. 

Aragón: The Covid pass is only required to access hospitals and care homes. In all other situations, it is not mandatory. 

Asturias: A Covid pass is no longer required in Asturias to access any venue. The government of the northern region decided to get rid of them from January 28th onwards. 

Balearics: The government of the Balearics ditched the use of the Covid pass on February 12th. 

Basque Country: The Basque Country has eliminated the use of the Covid pass on February 4th. It is currently not required for any activities. 

Canary Islands: The Covid pass has been used on a voluntary basis in the Canaries, however the courts rejected an appeal from the government to extend this further. 

Cantabria: Covid passes ceased to be required in Cantabria from January 19th, after the government deemed them ineffective. 

READ ALSO: Spain’s Cantabria scraps Covid health pass for being ‘ineffective’

Castilla-La Mancha: The regional government has not implemented the requirement of the Covid certificate for daily affairs for any establishment in the region.

Castilla y León: Covid passes are not mandatory in any establishment in Castilla y León. 

Catalonia: The Catalan government scrapped the obligatory use of Covid passports to enter bars, restaurants, cultural venues, and all other establishments on January 27th. 

Valencia region: The Valencian authorities announced that the Covid pass would no longer be necessary for most activities from March 1st onwards. The only places where you still have to show one are in care homes and social centres for the elderly. 

Extremadura: The pass is not required in Extremadura. 

Galicia: The use of the health pass is no longer required in Galicia and ceased to be in effect from February 26th. However, it is still mandatory to access hospitals and care homes. 

La Rioja: The government of La Rioja scrapped the use of the Covid passes on February 15th. They are now only required to access hospitals and care homes. 

Madrid: The regional government has decided not to implement the use of the health pass. 

Murcia: The health pass had been used in Murcia on a voluntary basis for a while, but they were scrapped for all venues from February 16th.

Navarre: As of February 15th, the health pass is not required anywhere. 

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    Let’s keep each other safe.
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Covid-19: European summer holidays threatened by rise of subvariants

A resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Europe, this time driven by new, fast-spreading Omicron subvariants, is once again threatening to disrupt people's summer plans.

Covid-19: European summer holidays threatened by rise of subvariants

Several Western European nations have recently recorded their highest daily case numbers in months, due in part to Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5.

The increase in cases has spurred calls for increased vigilance across a continent that has relaxed most if not all coronavirus restrictions.

The first resurgence came in May in Portugal, where BA.5 propelled a wave that hit almost 30,000 cases a day at the beginning of June. That wave has since started to subside, however.

READ ALSO: KEY POINTS: German Health Ministry lays out autumn Covid plan

Italy recorded more than 62,700 cases on Tuesday, nearly doubling the number from the previous week, the health ministry said. 

Germany meanwhile reported more than 122,000 cases on Tuesday. 

France recorded over 95,000 cases on Tuesday, its highest daily number since late April, representing a 45-percent increase in just a week.

Austria this Wednesday recorded more than 10,000 for the first time since April.

READ ALSO: Italy’s transport mask rule extended to September as Covid rate rises

Cases have also surged in Britain, where there has been a seven-fold increase in Omicron reinfection, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS blamed the rise on the BA.4 and BA.5 variants, but also said Covid fell to the sixth most common cause of death in May, accounting for 3.3 percent of all deaths in England and Wales.

BA.5 ‘taking over’

Mircea Sofonea, an epidemiologist at the University of Montpellier, said Covid’s European summer wave could be explained by two factors.

READ ALSO: 11,000 new cases: Will Austria reintroduce restrictions as infection numbers rise?

One is declining immunity, because “the protection conferred by an infection or a vaccine dose decreases in time,” he told AFP.

The other came down to the new subvariants BA.4 and particularly BA.5, which are spreading more quickly because they appear to be both more contagious and better able to escape immunity.

Olivier Schwartz, head of the virus and immunity unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, said BA.5 was “taking over” because it is 10 percent more contagious than BA.2.

“We are faced with a continuous evolution of the virus, which encounters people who already have antibodies — because they have been previously infected or vaccinated — and then must find a selective advantage to be able to sneak in,” he said.

READ ALSO: Tourists: What to do if you test positive for Covid in France

But are the new subvariants more severe?

“Based on limited data, there is no evidence of BA.4 and BA.5 being associated with increased infection severity compared to the circulating variants BA.1 and BA.2,” the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said last week.

But rising cases can result in increasing hospitalisations and deaths, the ECDC warned.

Could masks be making a comeback over summer? (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Alain Fischer, who coordinates France’s pandemic vaccine strategy, warned that the country’s hospitalisations had begun to rise, which would likely lead to more intensive care admissions and eventually more deaths.

However, in Germany, virologist Klaus Stohr told the ZDF channel that “nothing dramatic will happen in the intensive care units in hospitals”.

Return of the mask? 

The ECDC called on European countries to “remain vigilant” by maintaining testing and surveillance systems.

“It is expected that additional booster doses will be needed for those groups most at risk of severe disease, in anticipation of future waves,” it added.

Faced with rising cases, last week Italy’s government chose to extend a requirement to wear medical grade FFP2 masks on public transport until September 30.

“I want to continue to recommend protecting yourself by getting a second booster shot,” said Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza, who recently tested positive for Covid.

READ ALSO: Spain to offer fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose to ‘entire population’

Fischer said France had “clearly insufficient vaccination rates” and that a second booster shot was needed.

Germany’s government is waiting on expert advice on June 30 to decide whether to reimpose mandatory mask-wearing rules indoors.

The chairman of the World Medical Association, German doctor Frank Ulrich Montgomery, has recommended a “toolbox” against the Covid wave that includes mask-wearing, vaccination and limiting the number of contacts.