Spain: PM urges Christmas caution as hospital staff infected

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Spain’s prime minister is urging people to “be prudent” about COVID-19 during the holidays as Christmas celebrations at a Spanish hospital are suspected to have infected dozens of staff

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Spanish private news agency Europa Press reported that staff had antigen tests prior to the incident and were negative, which has led officials to question whether the dinner was the cause.

Europa Press, citing unnamed hospital sources, said the infected staff had been fully vaccinated and were showing no symptoms.

The province of Andalusia, where Málaga is located, has recently seen an increase in cases. Its 14-day infection rate is 136 cases per 100,000 residents.

Overall, this rate in Spain was 248 last Friday.

Officials are also alert to the new Omron variant, which has reported 10 cases nationwide, although the scale of the threat is not yet clear.

The regional government of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, which includes Mallorca, announced on Monday that it had detected four new Omicron cases. In this, two more cases were found last week.

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