Reuters: Spain hopes to raise 6.8 billion euros in new taxes, including ‘Google tax’

Reuters: Spain hopes to raise 6.8 billion euros in new taxes, including ‘Google tax’. “Spain’s government is proposing new taxes on digital services, financial transactions and plastic packaging in 2021 and a higher levy on sugary beverages in the hope of raising a total of 6.8 billion euros ($7.96 billion), its draft budget showed.”

Coronavirus: Spain imposes partial lockdown on defiant Madrid (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Spain imposes partial lockdown on defiant Madrid. “More than three million people in Madrid have had new restrictions imposed on their lives as Spain tries to control the most serious second wave of Covid-19 infections in Europe. From this weekend, people can travel outside their home districts for essential journeys only. Bars and restaurants cannot serve after 22:00. And a maximum of six people are permitted to meet in any setting.”

Coronavirus: Madrid at serious risk without tougher rules, minister warns (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Madrid at serious risk without tougher rules, minister warns. “Madrid is again at the epicentre of Spain’s coronavirus outbreak, as it was during the first peak earlier this year. The country recorded a further 12,272 cases on Friday, bringing the official total to 716,481, the highest infection tally in western Europe. Spain and many other countries in the northern hemisphere have seen a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks.”

Covid-19: Hundreds protest against localised Madrid lockdowns (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Hundreds protest against localised Madrid lockdowns. “Hundreds of residents in some poorer areas of the Spanish capital Madrid have protested against what they call discrimination ahead of new lockdown measures to stem a rise in Covid-19. The curbs on movement and gatherings start on Monday and affect 850,000 people, many in areas of lower income and with higher immigrant populations.”

Bloomberg: Spain Seeks to Tax Facebook, Google Services as Phone Carriers

Bloomberg: Spain Seeks to Tax Facebook, Google Services as Phone Carriers. “Under a new law proposed by the government, ‘all operators who provide telecommunication services without having to provide phone numbers, such as WhatsApp’ and Telegram would have to register as telecommunications operators and would be taxed based on revenue, Sanchez said in a press conference. Currently, only phone operators that can provide phone numbers need to sign up as telecom operators, he said.”

France: Virus cases spike to 4,700 in a day (BBC)

BBC: France: Virus cases spike to 4,700 in a day. “France has reported a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases – 4,771 – up a thousand on Wednesday’s figure. It is the first time more than 4,000 daily cases have been seen since May. Meanwhile Spain, Germany and Italy have also recorded their highest numbers of cases since late April or May.”

El Pais: Over half of coronavirus patients in Spain have developed neurological problems, studies show

El Pais: Over half of coronavirus patients in Spain have developed neurological problems, studies show. “The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, but there is growing evidence that it also affects the nervous system. Several studies based on thousands of Spanish patients show that most of these individuals developed at least one neurological problem. This manifested itself in a wide range of symptoms, ranging from headaches to comatose states. In a percentage of cases, neurological conditions were even the principal cause of death. Although these symptoms have been attributed to the body’s excessive immune response to Covid-19, some research indicates that the virus is directly attacking the brain.”

Reuters: Spain’s COVID-19 death toll could be 60% higher than official count, says El Pais

Reuters: Spain’s COVID-19 death toll could be 60% higher than official count, says El Pais. “Spain’s COVID-19 death toll could be nearly 60% higher than the official figure of 28,432, according to an investigation by El Pais newspaper published on Sunday. The country’s official death toll includes only people who were formally diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, not suspected cases who were never tested.”

Washington Post: Restrictions return in Spain as coronavirus infections spike again

Washington Post: Restrictions return in Spain as coronavirus infections spike again. “One month after Spain lifted Europe’s strictest pandemic lockdown, the country is wrestling with a new surge in coronavirus infections, tallying thousands of additional cases and reinstating both voluntary guidelines and mandatory restrictions. Health Minister Salvador Illa on Wednesday confirmed 224 active outbreaks and 2,622 confirmed cases, which he attributed primarily to seasonal farmworkers, people attending family get-togethers and nightclub partyers. On Thursday, the health ministry reported an additional 971 cases.”

Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge. “Spain is fighting to save its embattled tourism industry after the UK government imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from the country. Government officials insist the virus is under control and want certain areas to be exempt from the UK self-isolation order, including the Balearic Islands.”

BBC: Coronavirus spike continues amid new Catalonia restrictions

BBC: Coronavirus spike continues amid new Catalonia restrictions. “Spain’s north-eastern Catalonia region has again recorded a daily Covid-19 infection figure of more than 1,000, as residents endure new restrictions. Health authorities are trying to halt this week’s surge, which has led to four million people around Barcelona being asked to stay home for 15 days.”

Coronavirus Spain: Catalonia locks down area of 210,000 people (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus Spain: Catalonia locks down area of 210,000 people. “The government in Spain’s Catalonia region has re-imposed coronavirus controls on an area of 210,000 people after a sharp rise in infections. President Quim Torra said no-one would be allowed to enter or leave Segrià, an agricultural area west of Barcelona which includes the city of Lleida.”

Coronavirus: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive after lockdown party (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive after lockdown party. “Prince Joachim, 28, travelled from Belgium to Spain for an internship on 26 May, the palace said. Two days later, he went to a party in the southern city of Córdoba, before testing positive for Covid-19. Spanish reports suggest the prince, a nephew of Belgium’s King Philippe, was among 27 people at the party. Under Córdoba’s lockdown rules, a party of this size would be a breach of regulations, as gatherings of no more than 15 people are currently permitted.”

Cineuropa: RTVE Digital offers Spanish films to watch online, for free

Cineuropa: RTVE Digital offers Spanish films to watch online, for free. “More than 60 features, many of which have won a Goya Award, can be enjoyed online, for free, thanks to Somos cine, a platform launched on RTVE’s website. Standing out among them are arthouse titles such as the drama Julieta [+] by Pedro Almodóvar and the road movie The Olive Tree [+] by Icíar Bollaín, together with box-office smashes like Champions [+] by Javier Fesser, the horror flick Verónica [+] by Paco Plaza and the musical Holy Camp! [+] by Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo. In addition, there is a batch of edgier films, such as Magical Girl [+] by Carlos Vermut, as well as others that refuse outright to be pigeonholed, like People in Places [+] by Juan Cavestany.”