Spain may soon impose vaccine passports for clubs and bars like France as Covid cases skyrocket – .

Spain may soon impose vaccine passports for clubs and bars like France as Covid cases skyrocket – .

SPAIN may soon introduce vaccine passports for people to enter nightclubs and bars in a bid to curb the current peak of Covid.
If introduced, it would be similar to France, which requires proof of both jabs to enter cafes, bars and restaurants.


Bars and clubs in parts of Spain may soon require a vaccination passportCredit: AFP

While Spain’s vaccination rates are positive – with 79% of the population having both vaccines – Covid rates are increasing.

The country reported 88.6 cases per 100,000 over 14 days, a jump of 67%, according to El Pais.

That’s much lower than other hard-hit European destinations such as Germany and Belgium, but the spike has raised concerns about efforts to slow the spread.

Some regions of Spain are reporting high cases such as the Basque Country which is home to Bilbao with 188 cases per 100,000, with regional authorities now requesting a required Covid pass for bars, restaurants and venues.

Gotzone Sagardui, the Basque regional health chief, said they had applied for the pass with “the utmost respect and confidence” but it was necessary to reduce cases.

Other hard-hit regions such as Navarre, home to Pamplona, ​​are also considering a mandatory Covid pass for nightlife, while regions like Catalonia, which includes Barcelona and already have the nightclub pass, are debating whether opportunity to deploy it in other places.

Despite this, experts say it won’t be enough to reduce cases.

Former WHO Emergency Director Daniel López-Acuña said: “Regions can encourage this idea, and it is not a bad one, although it will not add much or be a benefit. determining factor in eliminating contagions. “

The borders follow the surge in cases across Europe.

Austria has imposed a lockdown on unvaccinated residents only, which only allows them to leave their homes for work, exercise and essential shopping.

Germany, which has reported its highest cases since the start of the pandemic, could also impose closures on non-vaxxed residents, while the Netherlands has instituted a curfew for shops, bars and restaurants that must close at 8 p.m.

France, whose cases have also jumped in recent weeks, said it would not see itself confined but had lifted its Covid alert alert.


Cases are increasing across Spain, leading to suggestions for new strict measuresCredit: Reuters

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