Spain’s coronavirus rules: What you can and can’t do this holiday season

The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding what to expect over the Christmas period


Spanish government asks citizens to stay home for Christmas

New plan allows inter-regional travel between December 23 and January 6 only to see family and close friends, but rules will be hard to enforce and some regions say they do not feel bound by them


Spain’s coronavirus incidence rate falls by more than half in a month

According to the latest report by the Health Ministry, 9,331 new cases were reported and 273 deaths added to the official toll, most of which were recorded in Andalusia and Catalonia


Loved and feared: Spain’s complicated relationship with wolves

EL PAÍS talks to a Swedish sociologist who has been traveling across a country that is a perfect case study in the difficulties of coexistence between humans and these carnivores in Europe


Flamenco artist Rafael Amargo arrested for drug trafficking

One of Spain’s top dancers and choreographers, he was going to open a new show on Thursday in Madrid


Spain considers allowing travel to see family for Christmas

Central and regional health officials are meeting on Wednesday to draft a common set of guidelines to celebrate safely; measures might include exceptions to sealed borders for people visiting relatives


Spain reports 8,257 new coronavirus cases and adds 442 deaths to official toll

In eight of the country’s 17 regions, the 14-day cumulative number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants has fallen below 250, a threshold that indicates “extreme risk”


Yemen: inside the ‘world’s worst humanitarian crisis’

After six years of war, the country is struggling with widespread poverty and famine, with dengue fever and malnutrition killing more children than bullets or Covid-19


Coronavirus tests and self-isolation beforehand: What the experts say about reducing the risks if returning home for Christmas

Sources consulted by EL PAÍS agree that family meetings should be kept to a minimum, but thousands of Spaniards are still planning to travel to see relatives over the festive season. Here are some of the recommendations for how to do so as safely as possible


Spain reports 9,200 coronavirus deaths in November, the highest monthly figure since April

Several regions, such as Andalusia, Asturias and Aragón, have reported more fatalities in the second wave of the pandemic than the first


The differences between the Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford coronavirus vaccines: what we know so far

Price and storage temperatures are among the various factors that set each of the three most promising candidates apart


Spain calls for ‘common sense’ after Christmas shoppers throng the streets

Scenes of packed city centers over the weekend have raised alarm bells, with health authorities asking the public to act responsibly to prevent a new spike in coronavirus cases


Why Christmas in Spain won’t be ‘saved’ this year

Both regional governments and the central administration support keeping coronavirus restrictions in place, but health experts warn these may not be enough to prevent a new spike in cases in January


Spanish study finds only 8% of children with coronavirus transmitted it to their family

Researchers from the Vall d’Hebron hospital say these results explain why there have not been more outbreaks in schools in Spain


Spanish government transfers migrants out of Canary Islands ‘port of shame’

The makeshift facilities in Arguineguín are empty for the first time since August, but smugglers continue to send people on dangerous sea voyages to the archipelago


ETA prisoner: ‘I would like to offer my condolences to the families of the three people I killed’

More than 40 inmates from the Basque terrorist group have asked in writing for forgiveness from their victims’ families in 2020 compared to 30 last year and eight in 2018


American-style libertarianism comes to Spain

Trump’s position on the coronavirus crisis has found fertile ground across the pond, and various groups are emerging to take issue with the media, politicians and experts in the name of “freedom”


Madrid region to lift mobility restrictions in 13 areas

But a section of the town of Móstoles is being added to the list of zones where people may enter or exit only on essential business


Spain’s coronavirus vaccination drive: these are the 15 priority groups

Health Minister Salvador Illa has announced the categories that will be used to decide who is immunized first, with care home residents and health workers at the top of the list


Coronavirus travel rules: when flying home means spending more on PCR tests than on plane fare

Many Spaniards living abroad are complaining about the hassle and expense of observing the new requirements introduced by their government ahead of the holiday season


Coronavirus incidence rate falls across Spain, but remains at ‘very high’ levels

The latest Health Ministry report recorded 12,289 new cases and added 337 deaths to the official toll


Excess deaths in Spain’s second wave: 23,000 since July

Statistics show that there continues to be a discrepancy between the number of coronavirus victims and the unexpected fatalities recorded in civil registries


Supporting Julian Assange, fighting for a free press

A decade after the publication of 250,000 secret US cables, the former editor-in-chief of ‘The Guardian’ criticizes widespread indifference over the fate of the WikiLeaks founder


Spain’s regions divided on coronavirus Christmas restrictions

A meeting of central and regional health authorities ended with no consensus over the government's draft plan to keep Covid-19 figures down during the holidays


Coronavirus incidence rate continues to fall across Spain

Every region, except the Canary Islands, has seen a drop in the 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants


Spain’s coronavirus paradox: ‘I have more savings than ever’

Uncertainty about the future and the fall in consumption due to lockdown measures have led to a sharp spike in deposits, but will this money remain in the bank or help the country's economic recovery?


Spain adds 537 coronavirus deaths to official toll, a new second-wave record

While fatalities rise, new cases, hospitalizations and admissions into intensive care units are on a downward trend, according to the latest Health Ministry report