Some regions in Spain have reinstated nightlife restrictions just weeks after they were dropped as part of an effort to stem the growing number of coronavirus infections among unvaccinated young people.
Fearing that the growing virus will strain health care services, health officials in several parts of the country are also rushing to reach people under 30 with COVID-19 vaccines. Spain’s strict vaccination process has thus far focused on the oldest and most vulnerable groups.
And on Friday, the 14-day infection rate among those aged 20 to 29 was nearly three times the national average.
The virus also spread among teenagers as a result of trips and parties to celebrate the end of the school year.
Thousands have been quarantined across the country after more than 1,000 infections were linked to student trips to the Mallorca islands, and at least 700 people were confirmed infected in mass screenings conducted in the Navarre region among students who went to a beach resort last month.
Nightlife will be completely closed in at least 16 cities in the northern Cantabria region, leading to the country’s virus toll.