WORLD Spaniards asked to act with prudence to stop rise in COVID-19 cases in coming holidays

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Spaniards asked to act with prudence to stop rise in COVID-19 cases in coming holidays

Xinhua

08:40, March 18, 2021

MADRID, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Spain's Health Minister Carolina Darias on Wednesday called on the public not to lower their guard and act with "prudence" over the forthcoming holiday weekends, which see the celebration of San Jose on March 19 and the Easter holidays next month.

Medical personnel of Hospital del Mar take COVID-19 patient, Marta Pascual, 72, back to the hospital after getting some fresh air by the sea, at the Barceloneta beach esplanade in Barcelona on March 4, 2021. (File photo: AFP)

Speaking at a press conference in which she confirmed some of Spain's regions are seeing a "slight rise" in the number of new COVID-19 cases, Darias explained it was up to the citizens to avoid a "fourth wave" of infections by continuing to take precautions to stop new infections.

The Health Ministry has agreed with the regions to limit mobility over the forthcoming holidays to try to avoid a repeat in the spike of new cases seen after the Christmas and New Year period.

Darias also ruled out the presence of fans at the final of the Copa del Rey football tournament to be held in Seville on April 3.

Spain reported 6,092 new COVID-19 cases and 228 deaths in a 24-hour period. The country has to date recorded a total of 3,206,116 infections and 72,793 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the ministry.

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