With three new cases of swine flu confirmed in Catalunya, the total number of people affected here has now reached 14 (article in Catalan, Avui). In addition, there are 13 other people suspected to have contracted the illness; of all those only one is thought to have caught it from a family member rather than having themselves travelled to Mexico, where the outbreak started. However, all those with the illness are said to be in a stable condition and suffering from a 'light' version of the flu. In Spain as a whole, there are 44 cases, which is the largest number in any European country.
According to a report in La Vanguardia newspaper today, the Spanish Constitutional court is negotiating an internal agreement to find a way to approve the new wording of the Catalan Statute, but it will result in a serious cutting of its content. During three years of discussion on the original wording of the Statute, which has been approved by the Spanish parliament and the Catalan population through a referendum, the Constitutional court has worked on two alternative versions of how to interpret the document that will cover issues like the use of language and the standing of Catalunya as a nation. An announcement is expected at the end of June.
The players of FC Barcelona will return to training today after having Sunday off following their historic victory against Real Madrid on Saturday evening, which Barça won 2-6; it was the first time the Catalan team had scored more than five goals against Madrid in their home stadium. Now the focus is on Stanford Bridge and the second semi-final leg against Chelsea, which Barça will play on Wednesday. Having been held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Barça will be hoping to have more success with their attacking style of play and get a crucial away goal winner.