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No plans to scrap compulsory masks in indoor areas, confirms health minister

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SPAIN’S government says it does not intend to relax rules on wearing masks inside buildings ‘just yet’, recalling that these will also protect the population from typical autumn and winter infections such as influenza and the common cold.

Even though the country is now in the ‘low-risk’ category for Covid-19 infection, and hardly any restrictions are in place nationwide – except, in many cases, on numbers inside shops, and in a small handful of contagion hotspots – health minister Carolina Darías says it is still too soon to allow the public to ditch the masks.

Since the summer, nobody is now required to wear a mask outside, unless they are unable to maintain at least a two-metre distance from the next person, meaning they are still compulsory in crowded streets.

The majority of markets, concerts, fairs and other outdoor events still require the public to wear masks to enter the area.

Also, hospitals across the country continue to ban visits, and outpatients attending consultations are still only permitted one companion if they are disabled, elderly or under 18.

“We need to take it slowly, step by step,” says Sra Darías.

“In indoor areas, we’re going to continue with masks. Autumn is here, and we don’t know how respiratory viral infections will come around this time.”

The mask-wearing law will not be amended again until ‘the whole country is on risk level 1’, the minister stressed.

This is defined as fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, or below 0.025% of the population – just under half of the current rate.

Until then, not wearing a mask in an indoor public area such as shops, trains, buses, and in restaurants unless actually eating or drinking, continues to carry a fine of up to €100.

Even once they eventually cease to be mandatory by law indoors, it is still advisable to wear masks in autumn and winter to protect oneself and others from colds and ‘flu.

 

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Spain’s Princess Leonor calls on young people to change the future in moving speech at Asturias Awards

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PRINCESS Leonor of Spain has urged young people around the world to help build a better future. Speaking at the 2021 Princess of Asturias Awards gala, which was founded by her father in 1980, the heir to the throne closed the glittering ceremony in Asturias with a passionate speech. 

“As a high school student, I think of all of us who can do more and how much we can learn from tonight’s winners,” she said onstage at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo on Friday. 

 “You project on us, the youngest, the certainty that we also have a lot to contribute, that we can be important and show ourselves responsible to try to think about a more sustainable, fairer, better future for everyone.

“Studying and observing your work excites me and fills me with strength to continue assuming my responsibilities and always work with the greatest commitment.” 

The 15-year-old princess of Asturias has been studying at UWC Atlantic College in Wales since September but returned to Spain to attend the annual awards during her half term break.

Princess Leonor was there to congratulate the winners and hand out the trophies created by Spanish prestigious sculptor Joan Miro. 

Sharing its name with Leonor, who is heir to the Spanish throne and holds the title of Princess of Asturias, the annual awards are presented to individuals or organisations who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. 

Speaking onstage she said:  “I am very happy to return to Oviedo to celebrate the delivery of our awards. I have always seen my parents on this stage honouring  the initiatives and ideas that improve our society.” 

She added that would ‘miss Asturias, a place which she loves so much’ where she and her sister Princess Sofia, 14, ‘always feel at home’.

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Aquaman star Jason Momoa to film reality TV show in Spain’s Mallorca

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ACTOR Jason Momoa, star of Dune, Aquaman and Game of Thrones, will be filming a reality TV show about rock climbing on the island of Mallorca, it has been revealed.

The show entitled The Climb produced by HBO Max will follow complete amateurs as they train and compete for the title of ‘World’s Best Amateur Rock Climber‘. 

Momoa will be presenting alongside Chris Sharma, widely considered to be the best climber in the world. The pair have been friends since climbing together as teenagers.

The 41-year-old Hawaii born actor is a huge fan of rock-climbing and incorporated it into his training regime for the Aquaman movies, where they built a climbing gym on set.

One episode will be filmed at an as yet undisclosed location in Mallorca although current top picks are the Serra de Tramuntana and the famous Es Pontà arch.

Production teams have also been seen in Alt Urgell and Pallars Jussà in Catalunya.

Twelve amateur climbers will attempt difficult ascents throughout France, Austria, Spain, Mallorca and the US in order to be titled the world’s best amateur climber.

Viewers will be able to watch The Climb on HBO at the end of 2022.

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Alec Baldwin says his “heart is broken”

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Alec Baldwin says his “heart is broken” after fatal shooting incident

Alec Baldwin has spoken for the first time about the tragic shooting incident that occurred on the set of his latest film ‘Rust’. The 63-year-old renowned actor took to Twitter twice to convey his feelings about what had happened.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother, and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred, and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family”,

Adding, “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna”.

The victim of the accident was 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins, who was the Director of Photography on the set located on a Western-style ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was a mother of two children. Hutchins was airlifted to hospital immediately after the accident on Thursday evening, October 21, but was pronounced dead.

Joel Souza, the film’s 48-year-old director was also injured in the incident. He was taken to hospital on Thursday evening but later released. One single shot from a prop gun that Baldwin fired, somehow managed to hit both people.

Sante Fe police took Baldwin in for questioning, but he was later released without any charges. Mystery still surrounds the shooting, because, for authenticity purposes, the prop guns are always only loaded with either blanks or dummy bullets. There has been no confirmation whether a live bullet somehow found its way into the gun’s chamber, as reported by dailymail.co.uk.

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