Communities considering staying at home in the face of the advance of the coronavirus

Publication: Monday, November 2, 2020 09:43

Coronavirus infections continue to increase in Spain. So much so that some autonomous communities and cities are already planning to return home to stop the second wave of the pandemic.

This is the case of Melilla, whose president, Eduardo de Castro, announced this weekend that he had asked the government “to assess a home confinement” in the autonomous city, which is “on the edge of l ‘collapse”.

“We need to think about the restrictions which, although painful, are necessary to save lives,” he said via Twitter, where he also echoed statements by Rafael Bengoa, former WHO director, who describes further individual detention as “inevitable”.

The autonomous city of Melilla reported 103 new positives and three other deaths from the coronavirus this Sunday, bringing the number of COVID-19 patients active there to 1,706 people, including 48 in hospital and eight in the care unit intensive. .

According to the latest pandemic data released by the Ministry of Health, corresponding to last Friday, Melilla has the highest cumulative incidence in all of Spain, with 1,276.49 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

Asturias are working on new measures

Asturias, for their part, confirmed this Sunday 282 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths due to the pandemic. The Principality’s government has warned that the situation is “critical” and that the health pressure in some hospitals requires “the implementation of new containment measures”.

Faced with this situation, the regional health authorities “are working on the definition of new decisions which will be agreed with the Ministry of Health”. Measures, according to the Asturian executive, aim to “intensify the decrease in mobility and personal interactions”.

In this sense, the Asturian Minister of Health, Pablo Fernández, recommended this Friday to the public to increase “periods of home confinement” to limit social activity and reduce mobility between different areas of the community “to unless it is strictly necessary for family or professional reasons “.

Catalonia does not exclude it

Meanwhile, Catalonia has already experienced its first weekend of municipal confinement. The government announced on Friday the closure of each community for 15 days and the limitation of the perimeter of its municipalities on weekends.

However, the Secretary General of Health, Marc Ramentol, did not rule out requesting the home if the data does not improve with these measures, while specifying that, in any case, it would be “the last alternative “.

Catalonia will propose containment to the government if the new measures are not enough

“If we see that in the coming days the measures are not enough, we will have to ask the Spanish government to consider this possibility”, he warned, specifying that this possible confinement should not be the same as that of March and that, “if it were the case”, one might wonder but with open schools.

Specifically, Catalonia experienced a new record of positive cases throughout the pandemic last Friday: 6,212 new infections. In addition, it has reported 16 more deaths from the coronavirus.

Castilla y León hopes to avoid it

For his part, the president of Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, was convinced this Friday that the current restrictions – such as the curfew and the perimeter confinement of the region – will make it possible to avoid a home confinement in the region. “We have the possibility of avoiding other more difficult ones,” he stressed.

Asked about a possible home confinement during interviews this weekend in ‘El Norte de Castilla’ and ‘Diario de Burgos’, Fernández Mañueco clarified that, anyway, “it would never be” like in March, ” suddenly” .

“In March, all of a sudden, he was confined and everyone was put home. It was closed. In addition, for a few days the economy was completely shut down. And we understand that what needs to be done is to take measures gradually. We are introducing restrictions and the curfew, in itself, is a path to this stage, ”he explained.

Valladolid, prepared for a hypothetical home confinement

“We hope that the curfew will stop the curve. If this is not the case, we will have to continue to take measures”, warned the head of the regional executive.

For his part, the mayor of Valladolid, Óscar Puente, assured this Sunday that his town hall had been working for “months” to prepare the structures and public services to face a new home confinement, even if he showed his hope that “that will not happen”. this situation. The region reported 1,556 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, Sunday.

Marín anticipates “much more difficult decisions” in Andalusia

The vice-president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Marín, this Sunday expressed the “concern” of the regional executive on the evolution of the pandemic. “I am very afraid that if you follow this rate of evolution, you will have to make much harder decisions and it is better now,” he warned in an interview with “Onda Cero”.

“The truth is that we look with concern to the future,” lamented the Citizen’s leader, who cited the situation in countries like the United Kingdom, which decreed kidnapping on Saturday.

Andalusia, which last week decreed the closure of the region’s perimeter and 450 of its municipalities, confirmed this Sunday 5,243 new infections: there, 2,611 patients with COVID-19 remain hospitalized, including 359 in ICU.

Urkullu avoids commenting on another confinement in the Basque Country

For his part, the Basque Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, avoided commenting on a new kidnapping on Monday because “it will sound like an alarm and as we are going to have to lock ourselves up”.

“We are analyzing all possible avenues,” he warned, however, in an interview on “Radio Euskadi”, in which he warned that a new home confinement “would have an impact” on the economy and ” would imply the need to rethink the budget year “.

However, the President of the Basque Country indicated that other measures are being analyzed, among which he cited “the stopping of non-essential economic activities at a specific time” or “the daily limitation to an earlier time” . In any case, he insisted on the need to first assess the effects of the latest measures before establishing new restrictions.

The latest data provided by the Basque government last Friday showed 1,325 new cases and a cumulative incidence rate of 629.75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks.

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