Covid-19: Spain imposes the use of a mask in the “new normality”

The use of a mask will continue to be mandatory in Spain after
ending the state of emergency on June 20, as a protection measure
against the covid-19, with penalties of up to 100 euros against
defaulters.

The Spanish Government today presented the proposal for a decree-law with the measures
to be taken when the state of emergency in force from March 15 to June 20 ends, the so-
called “new normality”, hoping that it will be approved by parliament in the coming days .
The project regulates the obligation to use masks for people aged 6 or over “on public
roads, in open spaces and in any closed space used by the public or open to the public, as
long as it is not possible to guarantee the maintenance” of a physical safety distance
between a meter and a half and two meters.

The measure is also mandatory for air, sea, road or rail transport and for complementary
public and private passenger transport in vehicles with up to nine seats, including the driver,
if the occupants of the passenger vehicles are not part of the same household ( live under
the same roof).

According to the proposal, covid-19 caused by SRA-CoV-2 infection "is an urgent mandatory
reporting disease".

This implies that "all data necessary for the epidemiological monitoring and surveillance" of
the virus must be "provided to the competent public health authority in an appropriate
format and in a timely manner, including, where appropriate, the data necessary to identify
the person".

Health services in Spain will also have to ensure, at all levels of care and especially in
primary care, that “any suspected case of covid-19 will be tested by PCR or another
molecular diagnostic technique, as soon as possible” after if they know the symptoms ”.
The covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 404,000 deaths and infected more
than seven million people in 196 countries and territories, according to the balance made by
the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city
in central China.

After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American
continent became the one with the most confirmed cases, although with fewer deaths.

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