As one of the most popular places in Europe for holidaymakers, Spain is doing everything it can to save its tourism sector. Flights are back up and running, and foreign tourists are allowed in with negative PCR tests. Germans and French are topping the visitor lists to the Balearic Islands to enjoy the beaches, bars and restaurants. Paradoxically, Spaniards are banned from travelling between regions. The Spanish tourist sector is complaining about such contradictions, and many Spaniards are fed up with what they feel are inconsistent Covid-19 restrictions. Our correspondents report.
The head of France's central bank has said he expects the French economy to recover from the pandemic slump by the middle of 2022. The bank is expecting the economy to grow by 5.5 percent this year, after a slump of more than 8 percent in 2020. The April lockdown is also having a limited effect on economic activity, according to the bank's latest report. Meanwhile, French industry is suffering from shortages of key materials such as semiconductor chips, wood and metals, which may cause consumer prices to rise.
Patrons at Truck Yard Houston mingle without masks a month after Texas, the second most populous state in the United States, lifted a maks mandate and no longer requires businesses to enforce Covid-19 restrictions. "It's great to be able to see people's faces," says Tom Williams, who is visiting Houston from Steilacoom, in Washington state. "You don't see them smile underneath their masks."
The International Monetary Fund raises US GDP forecast to 6.4% in 2021, making it one of the fastest expansions in the world, whilst also raising its 2021 growth forecast for China to 8.4 percent, the country's strongest growth rate since 2011.
Rich countries need to share their Covid-19 vaccines evenly amongst the entire global population, or else the coronavirus will never go away. That's the message from the organisation The ONE, which campaigns to end extreme poverty and preventable disease. The NGO has created a series of films called "Pandemica" to highlight the argument that if Covid-19 is not tackled universally, it will continue to mutate and cross borders. We spoke to the deputy director of The ONE in France, Maé Kurkjian.
Tourists revel in nightclubs in the beach resort of Cancun amid the coronavirus pandemic, as Mexico, unlike other countries, has not restricted tourism and was the third most visited country in 2020. In early March, 44 Argentine high school students tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from Cancun, having submitted false negative PCR tests before boarding their plane to Buenos Aires.