Catalonia makes face masks mandatory in all public spaces

Starting on Thursday, violators will face €100 fines as authorities race to contain a large coronavirus outbreak in Lleida province


Brussels forecasts a 10.9% contraction of Spanish economy in 2020

This is more than the 9.4% decline predicted in the spring, and it creates a wider gap between Spain and the euro zone


Final round of coronavirus study confirms that 5.2% of Spanish population has antibodies

A total of 10% of healthcare workers tested positive, while police and fire crews also saw higher than average incidences


Catalan government confines residents of Segrià in Lleida due to rising coronavirus cases

The ‘comarca,’ which is home to more than 200,000 inhabitants, has seen outbreaks in several food companies, a senior residence and a hostel


Madrid reports first coronavirus outbreak, with five mild cases and 18 contacts under observation

The people infected are self-isolating at home and have not needed hospitalization. The Health Ministry today reported 17 Covid-related fatalities in the last 24 hours


Government, unions and business leaders sign deal to reactivate Spanish economy

The Cabinet today approved a number of measures, aimed at assisting ailing sectors such as the tourism and automotive industries, and financing the digital transformation of firms


Fiscal reforms and hikes on highest rates of income tax ‘inevitable,’ says Spanish prime minister

Speaking in a television interview, Pedro Sánchez insisted that his government would see out its four-year term, saying that ‘the coalition is stronger than ever’


Unemployment rose by 5,100 people in June, traditionally a good month for the Spanish job market

Around 1.6 million workers in Spain have come off the government's ERTE furlough schemes, according to Labor Ministry figures


Bank of Spain eyes tax hikes to offset soaring debt from Covid-19 crisis

Central bank announces its medium-term plan for an economy that contracted 5.2% in the first quarter due to the lockdown


Covid-19 outbreaks test Spain’s ability to prevent transmission

The largest jump in cases has been reported at a Red Cross center in Málaga, which saw infections increase from 15 to 89 in just one day


What does the extension of Spain’s ERTE furlough scheme entail?

EL PAÍS has put together an overview of what is covered under the new deal, which will extend the temporary layoff plan until September 30


Spain approves ‘new normality’ rules as Covid-19 cases rise

Congress greenlighted a decree listing safety measures for life after lockdown, while labor leaders clinched a deal with the government to extend the ERTE furlough scheme


Spain has no plans for new lockdown despite fresh Covid-19 outbreaks

But government says it could resort to emergency powers again if spikes in infections are not controlled


Crowded beaches and lines for tobacco: What day one of Spain’s ‘new normality’ looked like on Sunday

The country emerged from the state of alarm yesterday after nearly 100 days, with flights restarting, people traveling to their second homes, and play parks reopening


Spanish PM: ‘The virus could return and plunge us into a second wave. We have to avoid that at all costs’

Speaking the day before the state of alarm is due to be lifted, Pedro Sánchez made a televised address to 'take stock' of the situation, and to thank those on the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic


As Spain enters the ‘new normality’ on Sunday, what will change?

Safety measures such as the use of masks will still be obligatory when social distancing of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained


Spain updates official Covid-19 death toll, says new outbreaks are under control

As the country gets ready to lift the state of alarm, health authorities placed the overall number of victims at 28,313, up from the figure of 27,136 that had been provided for the last 12 days


Spanish foreign minister not ruling out quarantine for UK travelers arriving in Spain

Speaking to the BBC, Arancha González Laya said that the government could “introduce reciprocity” if the British government does not lift its requirements


EL PAÍS appoints Javier Moreno as new editor-in-chief

Soledad Gallego-Díaz will continue to write for the paper once she steps down after two years in the role


Madrid only Spanish region to record more than 10 coronavirus infections in 24 hours

According to the latest figures, just 48 Covid-19 cases were registered across Spain, while the number of hospital and intensive care admissions also fell to new lows


Spain announces it will reopen borders to EU states, including the UK, on June 21

Travelers from countries outside Schengen will be permitted to enter from July 1, providing there is a reciprocal agreement on travel and taking into account the epidemiological situation in the country of origin.


Coronavirus cases detected in last seven days fall to lowest ever level

A total of 130 infections were reported last night by the Spanish Health Ministry, with 74% of them in the Madrid and Catalonia regions


Spain’s Health Ministry reports 25 coronavirus deaths in last week and 155 infections in 24 hours

The regions of Madrid and Catalonia saw the majority of new cases, with 69% of total positives. Medical staff account for one in five contagions since the epidemic began


Spain edges closer to ‘new normality’ with final coronavirus phase change

Most parts of the country will enter the final stage of the deescalation process on Monday, which will end on June 21 when the state of alarm expires


Scandal over Covid-19 deaths at Madrid nursing homes sparks fierce political row

Regional and central government officials have warned of legal consequences after EL PAÍS revealed that internal protocols excluded some coronavirus patients from hospital admission


Spanish government approves draft bill against child abuse

The sweeping legislation on the protection of minors seeks to “end impunity,”and has been backed by British pianist James Rhodes


Spanish Cabinet approves decree for ‘new normality’ after coronavirus state of alarm ends

The new rules, which will be in place until the government considers that the coronavirus crisis is over, include the obligatory use of face masks and prevention measures in the workplace