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World Spain considers limiting Christmas celebrations to six people

18:10  25 november  2020
18:10  25 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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MADRID (Reuters) - Spain 's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Wednesday that his government was considering limiting Christmas celebrations to six people in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. "This is not a number we have pulled out of nowhere

The Spanish government will present a plan to the regions for the Christmas holidays that implies limiting family gatherings to six people and In case of celebration , there will be a maximum of six people and preferably on the outside," the document says. The plan stipulates that the night curfew is

MADRID (Reuters) -Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Wednesday that his government was considering limiting Christmas celebrations to six people in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

a person sitting at a table eating food: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Barcelona © Reuters/NACHO DOCE Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Barcelona

"This is not a number we have pulled out of nowhere," Sanchez told a news conference with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte in Mallorca.

"It is a number that health professionals, scientists have told us is sufficiently rigorous and restrictive to prevent another surge in infections," he said.

The restrictions will be negotiated with regional authorities, meaning some changes could still be introduced.

Some regional health chiefs, including in Catalonia and Madrid, are advocating for a less stringent limit of 10 people for holiday gatherings.

While the rate of infection in Spain has slowed in the past month, its overall tally of nearly 1.6 million cases is the second highest in western Europe after France.

On Tuesday, the death toll rose by 537 to 43,668, marking the highest daily increase of the pandemic's second wave.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro; Writing by Nathan Allen; Editing by Ingrid Melander)

Religious festivals have taken a backseat in Europe during Covid-19. Now leaders are prioritizing Christmas .
2020 has not been a festive year for Europe, but as it comes to an end, many governments across the continent are scrambling to avoid stringent lockdowns during the Christmas season.The push to save the celebration comes despite the fact that other religious festivals -- including Christian ones -- have been marked in a muted fashion in recent months.

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