Inside a Barcelona intensive care unit: “There are no schedules in war, and there are none here either”

EL PAÍS visited Vall d'Hebron Hospital, which has Spain's largest critical patient area, to see how medical staff are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic


Spain’s intensive care units finally get some respite after coronavirus overload

Admissions in ICUs are beginning to slow after a fall in emergency room cases, but experts call for caution and for the public to keep their guard up


Catalan authorities confine 70,000 residents of four municipalities in bid to slow coronavirus infections

The measures affect the Barcelona towns of Igualada, Vilanova del Camí, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Òdena, and will be in place for at least two weeks


Health experts concerned over unexplained coronavirus cases in Spain

In the municipality of Torrejón de Ardoz in Madrid region, a number of patients have tested positive for Covid-19 despite not having traveled to any country with a reported outbreak


Coronavirus cases continue to climb in Spain

Although around 119 people have tested positive for Covid-19, Spanish authorities have ruled out cancelling large events


Spain considers tougher measures amid rise in coronavirus infections

The Health Ministry has not ruled out restricting public gatherings if the community spread of the virus gets out of control


Spain detects 10 new cases of coronavirus in 36 hours

A new positive is reported in Seville, adding to the patients in Madrid, Catalonia, the Valencia region and Tenerife


Protestors target police in a fifth night of violence and chaos in Barcelona

On the margins of a peaceful march in the Catalan capital, there were more violent scenes on Friday, as youngsters surrounded the National Police HQ and threw rocks and steel balls


The underage migrants who changed Spain’s repatriation policy

A surge in complaints has led to more guarantees for the minors, but there is renewed political support for sending them back


How the streets of Barcelona have become a refuge for unaccompanied migrants

Rising numbers of minors and young adults who are homeless and in some cases are committing crimes have left the local authorities overwhelmed


Catalonia fights socioeconomic segregation at school

Authorities warn about the existence of “ghetto schools” where more than half of all students are foreign-born


Video: How robots are revolutionizing kidney transplants in Spain

Watch Spanish surgeons and an electronic assistant named Da Vinci successfully extract an organ from a live donor at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona


80% of men and 55% of women in Spain will be overweight by 2030: study

In 11 years there will be more than 27 million people in the country with excess weight or obesity, which will mean an additional cost to the health system of €3 billion


Surgery in style: the young patients who go in for operations in Audi convertibles

A pediatric unit in a Catalan hospital uses a radio-controlled toy vehicle to reduce stress in children


Barcelona on high alert ahead of Spanish Cabinet meeting

Schools and businesses are taking measures to ensure they are not affected by the protests and strikes against the event


Protests against budget cuts intensify in Catalonia

Health professionals, university professors, students and civil servants protested in Barcelona Thursday


Doctors, students and firemen protest against budget cuts in Catalonia

Pressure is mounting on regional Catalan premier Quim Torra as strikes enter their third day


Heat wave in Spain claims eight lives

Temperatures reached over 46ºC in some areas; meteorology service announces onset of cooler weather


Around 3,000 children in Barcelona are not vaccinated, survey finds

Anti-vaxxer movement in the Catalan capital has a following of several hundred families, but population is protected due to the high prevalence of immunization


No wrongdoing in ex-Barça player’s liver transplant, says governing body

Spain’s National Transplant Organization concludes 2012 procedure on former soccer player Éric Abidal, from a living donor, was carried out “in accordance with the law”


Could Barcelona soccer club have illegally purchased a liver for a player?

A probe has been opened after wiretaps of former Barça president Sandro Rosell suggest donor for Éric Abidal was not his cousin, as had been claimed, and that the organ was paid for

Bilingual education

What level of Spanish do Catalan children have?

Academic tests show that Catalan students have the same or better language skills as students across Spain


Healthcare funding slashed in Catalonia during independence push

Regional system shed 2,400 jobs and lost 1,100 hospital beds under former premier Artur Mas

Catalan bid for independence

Parents’ groups call for “pajama parties” to keep schools open for Catalan vote

Associations hope activities will ensure voting centers are not shut down for the independence referendum


Thousands of students march in Barcelona to defend Sunday referendum

Catalan police will not block access to voting stations if there is risk of street unrest

Public health

‘Chemsex’ declared a public health problem by Barcelona authorities

With 200 such substance-abuse cases registered in 2016, City Council opts to tackle phenomenon


Home alone: The growing problem of latchkey children in Spain

Non-profit group warns that over half-a-million minors spend their afternoons and evenings on their own