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Vaccination of people in their 20s begins in Cáceres and Mérida 

The vaccination of Extremeños in their 20s has now begun in Cáceres and Mérida. Last Friday, 29 year olds were called to receive their first jabs, and this Wednesday, 28 and 27 year olds will also be contacted.

The Extremadura Health Service expects that, in the coming days, there will be a significant drop in the rate of infections which has recently surged among this particular age group.

Today in Cáceres, vaccinations of this group began with the Moderna vaccine being administered, meaning that those who have received their first jab will have to return for their second in four weeks time.

Overall figures up to Monday show that 544,792 citizens of Extremadura have now been fully vaccinated, representing 57.1% of the population aged over 12. Click here for all reports on Coronavirus in Spain.

José María Vergeles
José María Vergeles, chief of health for the Extremadura government, at a recent press briefing. (Junta de Extremadura)

Portugal demands test or digital certificate in all hotels

Portugal now requires all people staying at hotels, in all regions of the country, to show negative Covid tests or digital vaccination certificates upon check-in. It is also obligatory to show the same documents in restaurants on weekends, in areas of the country where the cumulative incidence rate exceeds 120 cases. 

The new measure has been adopted in response to the recent surge in cases. It applies to both those who live in Portugal and visitors from other countries. It does not, however, apply to employees, nor children below the age of 12.

Covid tests can now be purchased in Portuguese supermarkets, and can be done just before check-in. The same entrance requirements are needed for restaurants, from Friday afternoon to Sunday night, and all must continue to close at 10.30pm. During the rest of the week, customers can go to restaurants without showing any document.

Last week, the Portuguese government imposed another curfew that remains in place and obliges people to stay indoors from 11pm to 5am. Cultural events must also finish at 10.30pm, giving attendees time to return home before the curfew comes into effect.

Musicians from around the world to perform in Cáceres for the Pedrilla concerts

After a year out due to the pandemic, the Pedrilla concerts will begin again this Friday in Cáceres and run until late August.

As Cacereños will already be aware, the Pedrilla concerts are a series of live shows that take place every summer in the gardens of the Casa Pedrilla, a former palace that was later used as the Portuguese consulate and is now an art museum. It is an event that showcases a diverse range of world music from different cultures and continents. The last edition included an outstanding concert from the Malian actress and singer Fatoumata Diawara.

As in previous years, the gardens of the museum will host the event, which consists of six concerts, all taking place on Friday evenings, from 16 July to 20 August. The maximum capacity allowed to attend will be 400 people. All attendees must wear a face mask and reserve their place in advance. 

The Casa Pedrilla.
The Casa Pedrilla. (Adam L.Maloney)

This year’s opening act will be Las Karamba, whose music is a fusion of cha-cha, salsa, timba and urban styles. Las Karamba is an all-female group whose members come from Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Panama and Spain.

The following Friday will be a jazz and blues night, with a concert from the Antonio Serrano Quartet, led by a former member of Paco de Lucía’s group. The final concert of July will see Maya Kamaty perform French Creole music from her homeland of Reunión, a small French island of volcanic rock in the Indian Ocean.

There will also be shows from Spanish musicians such as Rodrigo Cuevas and the Extremeño artist Eduardo Casco who performs under the stage name ‘Prexton’.

The final act on 20 August will be Calima, whose musical style is based on a mixture of Flamenco, Bossa Nova and Reggae. Click here for further details and tickets.

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