Illa asks citizens to stay at home, warns “very critical” weeks are coming for Christmas

Publication: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 2:46 PM

Health Minister Salvador Illa warns that we are facing “very critical” weeks due to the arrival of Christmas, during which time he asked citizens “to stay at home”.

In a video shown at the closing of the eighth edition of the We Are Patients day, which is promoted every year by the Farmaindustria Foundation and the We Are Patients virtual community, the Minister of Health stressed that Spain had managed the second wave “with reasonable success”, although it was “hard”.

In the field of health, we are worried about the next parts. In fact, he does not rule out taking more restrictive measures for Christmas, it will depend on the curve of the incidence of the coronavirus, which already underwent a slight rebound on Friday, the first since November 9, and which continues to increase. increase.

LaSexta health sources assure they will not take action on the one- or three-day curve, but if the uptrend continues throughout the week, more restrictive measures are not ruled out. .

The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, recalled this Monday that “the real effect of the Bridge of the Constitution” is still unknown and that the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, will be in contact with Health advisers to assess what to do for the next few games. “If the situation changes, I have no doubt that the directors will want to change the restrictions,” he said for Christmas.

As to whether they will become like those announced by Germany, which from this Wednesday closes schools and non-essential activities, they say Germany “is worse than Spain”.

They recognize that it will cost people to comply with what is established in the Christmas plan, that is to say to limit travel to only family reunification and with relatives and to limit meetings and a maximum. from 10 people to two bubbles.

Fernando Simón, without losing hope, estimated that “if we take the measures very seriously, by the end of the year, we could be in 150 cases of cumulative incidence or less”.

First cumulative incidence increase in one month

Spain added 10,575 coronavirus cases this Friday in the past 24 hours and 280 deaths. In total, the country has recorded 1,730,575 positives and 47,624 deaths since the start of the health crisis.

This is the first increase the country has recorded in this regard in a month. If at the beginning of December Spain managed to place AI at the best level since September, with an average of 240.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the territory, the Ministry of Health was already warning: “We still have a lot to relax “. On Monday, the cumulative incidence fell to 215; Wednesday it fell below 200 for the first time, hitting a 193.26 average; Thursday, 188;

This Friday, it fell again to 189.56 cases. It has also grown in nine autonomous communities, while the day before it had only grown by five. The Basque Country, Cantabria and Melilla are more than 250 cases.

Madrid are already talking about a rebound: “It’s very slight and very general growth”

By territories, the Community of Madrid is the most affected, with 2,122 positives recorded in the last 24 hours. Later, Catalonia, with 1,764; the Valencian Community, with 1,460; Andalusia, with 1,192; and Castilla y León, with 656 cases. The Canary Islands, meanwhile, have exceeded 100 cases, confirming an upward trend in the archipelago, since it has not reached this figure since October 5. According to the Health report, there are a total of 11,648 COVID-19 hospital patients, and 9.22%.

Madrid are already talking about a rebound. The Minister of Health Ruiz Escudero acknowledged this in an interview with Telecinco: “We can speak of rebound, but we must very well assess where these infections occur and especially if it has repercussions at the level of health, which does not ‘has none, it is a very slight and very generalized growth “.

Regarding the number of people admitted to the intensive care unit, the ministry specifies that there are 2,100, which represents 21.98% of beds occupied in intensive care. By communities, La Rioja is the region most affected by the occupation of intensive care units, with 46.67%, followed by Asturias (36.18%), Castilla y León (33.02%), Aragon (32 , 31%), Euskadi (30.95%), Catalonia (28.69%) and Community of Madrid (25.23% of intensive care occupancy).

Christmas plan

On December 2, the government and the autonomies reached a minimum agreement on the restrictions to be applied this Christmas so that the communities themselves can grow according to the evolution of their epidemiological situation. Thus, a maximum of ten people has been agreed at meetings held on Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve. On other days, however, the maximum number of people in a space will continue to be limited to six. In addition, it was approved that the curfew would start later on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve at 1:30 a.m.

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