People in Spain will no longer have to wear face masks on public
transport from Feb. 8 after the decision was taken to end their
obligatory use as a protection against COVID-19 during Tuesday's
The decision is the latest towards the normalization of life in
Spain after the COVID-19 pandemic, with the obligatory use of
facemasks in most indoor settings ending on April 20, 2022, and
outdoors a year ago, on Feb. 10.
'We are following the roadmap that we planned to return to
normality,' Spain's Minister for Health, Carolina Darias, told
Face masks will, however, still have to be worn in hospitals,
health centers and pharmacies 'due to the vulnerability of the
people who are there,' the minister said.
The country's epidemiological situation is steadily improving,
On Feb. 3, the 14-day notification rate of new COVID-19 cases in
the country's population aged 60 years and over stood at 50.76
cases per 100,000 inhabitants, almost 50 points lower than the
97.60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants registered on Jan. 20.
Currently, 2,056 people are hospitalized with the virus, 150 of
them in intensive care. Since the start of the pandemic, 118,712
people have lost their lives to COVID-19 in Spain.
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