Cyprus To Allow Vaccinated Brits Back In The Country From May

Cyprus To Allow Vaccinated Brits Back In The Country From May


Cyprus To Allow Vaccinated Brits Back In The Country From May

CYPRUS To Allow Vaccinated Brits Back Into The Country From May 1 with no restrictions

Savvas Perdios, the Deputy Tourism Minister of Cyprus made an announcement on Thursday (March 4), telling the semi-official Cyprus News Agency, that British tourists will be allowed back into the country from May 1, with no restrictions, as long as they have had both jabs.

Mr Perdios said, “We have informed the British government that from May 1 we will facilitate the arrival of British nationals who have been vaccinated, so they can visit Cyprus without a negative test or needing to quarantine”.

The only stipulations laid out are that all tourists would need to have been inoculated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, and the second dose of the vaccine should have been administered at the latest, seven days before the date of travel.

He also said that Cypriot authorities would reserve the right to conduct random tests on any arrivals, more as a safeguard, with Cyprus not having suffered such a bad outbreak of the coronavirus, going in and out of various lockdowns for the past 12 months.

Up to Thursday, Cyrpus had recorded a total of 36,004 infections and 232 deaths, with widespread testing, and almost everyone obliged to take a Covid test once a week.

UK visitors are Cyprus’s largest market, and the tourism industry accounts for around 13 per cent of Cyprus’s economy, which plunged around 85 per cent during 2020, and the country is very popular for its stunning beaches vibrant nightlife, fantastic cuisine, and incredible archaeological sites, and of course – it’s warm climate!

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Unfulfilled expectations linger 30 years after report on Pinochet-era crimes | World | English edition

Unfulfilled expectations linger 30 years after report on Pinochet-era crimes | World | English edition


The Chilean state apologized 30 years ago for the brutal repression of suspected political opponents during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-1990 dictatorship and spearheaded a process of democratic transition and national reconciliation, although rights organizations say key recommendations of a truth commission’s report on that era have gone unfulfilled.



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Spain´s Unemployed & Furlough Numbers Rise To New Levels ⋆ Madrid Metropolitan

Spain´s Unemployed & Furlough Numbers Rise To New Levels ⋆ Madrid Metropolitan


The number of people unemployed in Spain is now just over 4 million people representing 17% of the workforce according to the latest  government figures released this week.

The figures show that unemployment rose by 44,436 in February to bring the total to 4,008,789 people without work.

The figure is the highest since April 2016, when the country was still coming out of the recession caused by the banking crisis of 2009.

The figures also showed a substancial rise of 160,000 in the number of people on the government´s ERTE furlough scheme – bringing the total to 899,383.

The increase in the furlough scheme was due to the ongoing restrictions in key sectors of the economy – especially those of retail, hospitality and tourist industries.

Spain tourist and transport sectors have been particulary badly hit by the continued freeze in international travel and consequential collapse in tourist arrivals to Spain.

The latest figures show that January 2021 saw a close to 90% fall in tourist numbers compared to January 2020.

More than half of new furlough workers on ERTEs (85,660) came from the hospitality industry bringing a total of 442,473 in the sector on it.

The retail sector, on the other hand, saw an increase of 48,000 in the number of ERTEs in February reaching a total of 145,219.

Last month the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez announced an economic stimulus package focused on the struggling sectors of the economy and is expected to include debt waivers and direct grants to companies in difficulty due to the pandemic.

The outlook for 2021 is hopeful but very dependent on the success of the domestic vaccine roll-out as well as a return to international travel.

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Tornado over Loja Area | Costa Tropical Gazette News

Tornado over Loja Area | Costa Tropical Gazette News


Residents in the Poniente de Granada were suprised to see a tornado forming during Tuesday afternoon, which is not something that you see every day… in Spain.

GRA Loja TornadoThe funnel of this whilwind was visible from several municipalities around Loja. The exact location was thought to be somewhere between Huétor-Tájar and Montefrío. In fact, one witness was pretty certain that it was above La Fábrica, which is a barrio in Loja

Several witness filmed it with their mobile phones from Montefrío, Huétor Tájar and Algarinejo but in none of the videos was it clear whether it actually reached the ground. If it didn’t make contact with the ground it would technically be a funnel cloud rather than a tornado.

According to the meterological radar belonging to the Spanish weather agency, AEMET based Málaga, there was a storm in the area around 17.45-50h. Furthermore, there have been no reports of damage as the area is empty countryside with very few dwellings.

The weather this week will be unsettled with pockets of cold air in the upper atmosphere which will probably bring rain throughout Andalucia.

(News: Loja, Poniente de Granada, Andalucia – Video: Antonio Recio)





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La Primitiva and El Joker Results, Prize Breakdown, and Lottery Winning Numbers for Thursday, 4 March, 2021

La Primitiva and El Joker Results, Prize Breakdown, and Lottery Winning Numbers for Thursday, 4 March, 2021


La Primitiva Lottery
La Primitiva Lottery

Spain’s La Primitiva lottery is drawn every Thursday and Saturday evening at around 21:30 CET.

There are 6 main balls numbered 1 to 49. There is also a “Complementario” which comes into play if it is matched with 5 main numbers, and a randomly-generated 1 to 9 “Reintegro” number which must be matched along with 6 others to win the special jackpot prize.

Dating back from 1763 when La Primitiva was known as “Lotería por Numeros”, it is one of the oldest ever lotteries and has generated billions of Euro in prizes over the years.

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Bid to prevent Easter collapse

Bid to prevent Easter collapse


The Valencia government is working to ensure that mobility is reduced ‘as much as possible’ over the Easter holidays when traditionally millions of car journeys are made around Spain.

Sr Puig noted that his government wanted regional border closures to remain in place as they are desperate not to lose ground in the virus fight.

Full report in Friday’s Costa Blanca News – available from supermarkets, tobacconists/newspaper shops and online at www.costa-news.com

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Students will be able to return from the mainland

Students will be able to return from the mainland


Travellers at Palma Son Sant Joan Airport

Free tests will be available for all residents returning at Easter.

Spain’s health ministry had initially proposed to a Thursday meeting of the Public Health Commission that all regions maintain perimeter closures over the Easter period and that students could not return to their normal place of residence.

The Balearic health minister, Patricia Gómez, said that the Balearics would comply with this requirement where students are concerned, if it were mandatory. However, she pointed out that the Balearics are different to other regions, by virtue of being islands, and that the Balearics would be offering free PCR tests to residents returning to the islands.

The minister for the presidency, Mercedes Garrido, stated that students from the Balearics who are studying on the mainland “are residents of the Balearics” and have not had problems with returning previously. The system of free testing was initially set up for the Constitution holiday in early December.

The commission has now agreed that students can return for Easter, although it is asking that “unnecessary trips” are avoided. Regional governments are being urged not to lower their risk alert levels from two weeks prior to the start of Easter, even if “indicators are favourable”. (The start of Easter can be taken to mean the week leading up to Easter Sunday, which is April 4.)

There will be perimeter closure of all regions over Easter, but the regulations regarding this under the current state of alarm do actually allow for mobility in order to “return to the place of habitual or family residence”.



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Weekend expected to bring locally strong north winds, a drop in temperatures and rainfall on the Canary Islands as winter comes to a close – The Canary

Weekend expected to bring locally strong north winds, a drop in temperatures and rainfall on the Canary Islands as winter comes to a close – The Canary


AEMET predicts rain on Friday from the north with cloudy skies with from the second half of the day, although they do not rule out that there will be some showers in the morning, though these would be scattered.

On Saturday, March 6, there will be a predominance of cloudy skies with occasional rainfall from the north, which will be more frequent and intense inland, where there may be showers, and could even be snowfall at the very summit of the island, over 1800m altitude. Elsewhere, there will be cloudy intervals, and a potential for weak and occasional rains.  Minimum temperatures with few changes and maximums in slight to moderate decrease. North wind with strong intervals. Probable gusts, locally very strong, in high areas, and without ruling them out on eastern and western slopes

On Sunday, March 7, rainfall will be occasional, especially during the first half of the day with a predominance of cloudy skies, and a potential of locally strong north winds. On the north occasional rainfall, especially throughout the day in Gran Canaria.Some weak and scattered rain. Temperatures with little change. North winds with strong intervals, which will turn northeast. In the early hours, probable locally very strong gusts in high areas and, also possible on the eastern and western slopes.

locally strong north winds

As the weekend ends, AEMET points out that minimum temperatures will register a slight rise as we head into next week, with springtime on our doorstep and blue skies ahead.

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Which towns in the Vega Baja region of Spain’s Costa Blanca are showing lowest infection rates since last summer?

Which towns in the Vega Baja region of Spain’s Costa Blanca are showing lowest infection rates since last summer?


ACCORDING to Spain’s Ministry of Health, the Vega Baja region has seen the third wave of Covid-19 infections collapse.

Six municipalities have not registered any cases in the last TWO WEEKS, without any areas registering “extreme risk” figures.

Not one of the region’s localities (listed below) is considered ‘at risk’, where the threshold is 500 cases per 100,000.

Vega Baja Covid Ia Rates
LOWEST RATES: With Benferri and Bigastro highlighted in maroon

Across the country, Spain has an average incidence (AI) of 164 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but only two towns in the Vega Baja exceed that number

Bigastro has only 267 per 100,000, and Benferri records show 257.

All other municipalities are below the national average, with Algorfa, Benejúzar, Daya Nueva, Daya Vieja, Granja de Rocamora and Los Montesinos not recording any cases.

Other municipalities are:

Albatera : AI of 114.02 per 100,000. 14 cases in the last 14 days.

Almoradí : AI of 96.14 per 100,000. 20 cases in the last 14 days.

Benferri: AI of 257.47 per 100,000. 5 cases in the last 14 days.

Benijófar: AI of 60.20 per 100,000. 2 cases in the last 14 days.

Bigastro. AI of 267.34 per 100,000. 18 cases in the last 14 days.

Callosa de Segura: AI of 105.05 per 100,000. 20 cases in the last 14 days.

Catral: AI of 120.89 per 100,000. 35 cases in the last 14 days.

Cox: AI of 54.82 per 100,000. 4 cases in the last 14 days.

Dolores: AI of 107.10 per 100,000. 8 cases in the last 14 days.

Formentera: AI of 143.16 per 100,000. 6 cases in the last 14 days.

Guardamar: AI of 58.64 per 100,000. 9 cases in the last 14 days.

Jacarilla: AI  of 98.91 per 100,000. 2 cases in the last 14 days.

Orihuela: AI  of 86.55 per 100,000. 67 cases in the last 14 days.

Pilar de la Horadada: AI of 118.69 per 100,000. 26 cases in the last 14 days.

Rafal: AI of 88.93 per 100,000. 4 cases in the last 14 days.

Redován: AI of 114.37 per 100,000. 9 cases in the last 14 days.

Rojales: AI of 100.22 per 100,000. 17 cases in the last 14 days.

San Fulgencio: AI of 101.85 per 100,000. 8 cases in the last 14 days.

San Isidro: AI of 50.35 per 100,000. 1 case in the last 14 days.

San Miguel de Salinas: AI of 66.29 per 100,000. 4 cases in the last 14 days.

Torrevieja: AI of 67.20 per 100,000. 56 cases in the last 14 days.



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