Bob James’ Spanish News Headlines – Visual format – Dateline: 27/01/21
The sea rescue service yesterday picked up more than 300 migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands in rickety boats, with nine of them clinging to a semi-sunken dinghy.
The rescue service said it was unaware of any drownings as reported by a rights group.
Helena Maleno, founder of the Walking Borders migration monitoring group, said 18 people had died trying to make the perilous crossing to Lanzarote from Africa .. a figure that could not be confirmed.
The rescue service said on its Twitter account 319 migrants were rescued off six boats, including one carrying as many as 120 people, and were taken to Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.
Ten people, including a pregnant woman and a baby, were sent to health centres, but none of them were in danger.
NGO Walking Borders said more than 4,400 migrants, including at least 205 children, were lost at sea trying to reach Spain last year, more than double the figure from 2020 and the most since the group began counting in 2018.
The Andalucia Government is to ask the region’s High Court to permit the extension for a further two weeks of the obligation to show a Covid passport to access hospitality and healthcare establishments.
The current regulation states that a certificate showing that the individual is fully vaccinated, has received a negative test result ‘PCR within 72 hours or antigen within 48 hours’ or has recovered from the virus, must be shown in order to enter hospitality establishments such as bars, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as to visit hospitals and care homes.
The decision to request an extension was made at a virtual meeting of the Committee of Experts yesterday which advises on Covid matters.
It was also decided to extend for another month the order that removes restrictions on opening hours and capacity established for communities in health alert levels 1 and 2.
The decisions were reached after studying the current epidemiological situation and the pressure on the healthcare service in the region.
The Guardia Civil has warned of a fake euro coin scam circulating in Spain.
Fraudsters sometimes resort to real foreign coins, passing them off as euro one’s although they are not legal tender in Spain and their value is much lower.
The Guardia Civil has warned of these scams on its social media pages. The coins, very similar to the European ones, come from Argentina, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
The value of these coins can be less than a euro cent.
That’s the latest from TRE, I’m Bob James.