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  • A Covid-19 patient in the ICU at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron hospital (by Blanca Blay)

    Hospitalizations due to Covid up 30% in the last week

    ACN | Barcelona
    09 December 2021 11:25 AM

    Over 200 further people have required medical care from coronavirus, with ICU patients also up by a third

HIGHLIGHTS


The Catalan foreign minister, Victòria Alsina, during a tribute to Pau Casals in Washington on December 8, 2021 (by Catalan government)

Catalonia to take part in White House Summit for Democracy event

Foreign minister visits America and Mexico to commemorate 50th anniversary of cellist Casals'...
The 12-point star lit up on top of the tower of the Virgin Mary of the Sagrada Família (by Jordi Bataller)

Sagrada Família's 12-point star atop tower of Virgin Mary lights up Barcelona skyline

5.5-tonne ornament sits at the peak of what will be the second-tallest of the basilica's 18 towers
A building lit up as part of the 'Natura encesa' light installation in Barcelona's Pedralbes Gardens (by Maria Asmarat)

Barcelona’s Pedralbes Gardens transform into Christmas forest of light

Special seasonal exhibition can be visited until January 9

COVID-19


Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

Covid-19 vaccine rollout progress in Catalonia: graph updated daily

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the...
Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020
Customers show Covid certificates to enter restaurant, November 26 (by Marta Casado Pla)

Government asks High Court to extend Covid certificate use until Christmas

Pass would be required to enter bars, cafes, restaurants, gyms and care homes up until December 24

Catalan News TV

POLITICS


Catalan president Pere Aragonès in la Bisbal de l'Empordà on December 6, 2021 (by Gerard Vilà)

Catalan president calls Spanish Constitution 'obsolete' on 43rd anniversary of ratification

Insufficient support to amend text as Congress marks date without pro-independence parties
Former parliament speaker Roger Torrent photographed with other former members of the parliament bureau Josep Costa, Eusebi Campdepadrós, and Ariadna Delgado (by Marta Sierra)

Prosecutors seek disqualification for former parliament bureau members over disobedience case

1 year and 8 months requested for former speaker Torrent and others for allowing votes on...
Filmin is one of the streaming platforms that will be affected by this law if it is approved (by Violeta Gumà)

6% minority language quota will not affect Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime

Spanish cabinet bill, which only affects companies headquartered in Spain, stems from...

SOCIETY


Archaeologists excavate a fireplace, with the structure of a Greek kitchen from the 6th century BC behind, Empúries (MAC-Empúries)

Archaeologists discover Greek kitchen from sixth century BC at Empúries

Excavations reveal the cliff where the city was located and the rocky spur that protected the...
A medical professional prepares a Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile inoculation point in Barcelona, September 2021 (by Àlex Recolons)

56.3% of internationals in Catalonia fully vaccinated against Covid, 18 points below average

South and Central Americans have highest rates, while Eastern Europeans are bottom of rankings

BUSINESS


A light switch (by Albert Cadanet)

Price of electricity falls by almost half on Wednesday

Soaring prices through the year have seen many all-time highs, and December prices are around...
A set of Cry Babies (Bebés Llorones) from Catalan company IMC Toys, November 17, 2021. (Albert Segura Lorrio)

Toy industry says no shortage of supplies for Christmas

Advanced planning means six-week delay for container ship deliveries will not lead to empty shelves
A plane taking off from the Barcelona airport (by Àlex Recolons)

Barcelona airport flights over upcoming bank holiday weekend still below pre-pandemic levels

More long-distance Renfe train tickets will be available to meet increased demand

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

Health pass needed in nightclubs and other indoor events with dance floors, as well as bars, restaurants, gyms, and care homes

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the population by end of August 

CULTURE


The new star on top of the Sagrada Família's Virgin Mary tower (Courtesy of the Sagrada Família)

Watch live: Sagrada Família’s Virgin Mary tower lights up for the first time

The event, featuring an initial mass and then a lighting ceremony, kicks off on Wednesday evening...
Barcelona's Contemporary Culture Center (Courtesy of Adrià Goula/CCCB)

Mental health, the human condition, and cities make up CCCB’s 2022 program

Budget at Catalan capital’s cultural center increases 9.5% to over €11 million

LIFE & STYLE


Jota dancers in Amposta on December 5, 2021 (by Ariadna Escoda)

Southern Catalonia town holds bridge opening ceremony 100 years after royal snub

Amposta's 'Pont Penjant' was world's second reinforced concrete suspension system after Brooklyn...
Barcelona's public New Year's event on 2020 (by Ajuntament de Barcelona)

Barcelona cancels public New Year’s event but prepares alternative

For the second year in a row, the city will not ring in the new year with a large public celebration
Barcelona kicks off Christmas campaign presentation on November 23, 2021 (by Turisme de Barcelona)

Barcelona aims to become southern Europe’s top Christmas destination

Tourism Office launches new campaign aimed at attracting visitors from Spain and across Europe

SPORTS


Alexia Putellas and Pedri at Ballon d'Or 2021 gala in Paris on November 29, 2021 (by FC Barcelona)

Barça’s Alexia Putellas becomes first Catalan to win Ballon d'Or

Former Barcelona star Messi awarded 7th trophy while Pedri named best footballer under 21
Diego Armando Maradona photographed on the pitch during his time at Barcelona (image from FC Barcelona website)

Remembering Diego Maradona’s time in Barcelona

The Argentine’s time in Catalonia was perhaps marked more by brawls and incident than trophies...

TECH & SCIENCE


A UPC research lab in Manresa (by Nia Escolà)

59 research groups band together to launch technology transfer association Tecnio

All Catalan universities, I-Cerca foundation, and CSIC in ACCIÓ-backed initiative
The Marenostrum 4 at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (by BSC)

Barcelona Supercomputing Center to build Southern Europe's first quantum computer

Computer will be one of first to use European technology and will have a two-qubit microchip by 2022

IN DEPTH


Filling the Sink Logo (ACN)

PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From sport and culture to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
A baby spider monkey with its mother Emi at Barcelona Zoo (Barcelona City Council)

PODCAST: Barcelona Zoo – research or recreation, conservation or captivity?

Protecting biodiversity top priority but campaigners say agreed changes are being delayed

CATALAN TRIAL


Former Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell in the Supreme Court during the Catalan Trial (image from Supreme Court)

Former parliament speaker’s appeal against sedition conviction rejected

Constitutional Court upholds Supreme Court verdict against Carme Forcadell, paving the way for...
Jordi Sànchez is applauded at the National Day protest on September 11, 2021 (by Sílvia Jardí)

Pardoned independence leader Sànchez takes case to European Court of Human Rights

Activist-turned-politician wants an "unequivocal correction" of his sentence and criticizes...