Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:53 AM
Published on: 10/22/2020 8:30 AM
Curfew? Alarm state? Containment and restrictions? The debate is on the table of the Interterritorial Health Council this afternoon, where Minister Salvador Illa will offer the autonomous communities these options to stop the expansion of the coronavirus, the incidence of which has skyrocketed in recent days and infections. already exceed one million.
Although the Community of Madrid were the first to come up with a curfew, in recent hours they played with the confusion and then said it was a colloquial expression, that it was about reducing nighttime mobility. to avoid bottles. But today, it remains to be seen what will happen, since Saturday the state of alert declines and decree a curfew. Illa reminded that the umbrella of the state of alarm is necessary.
Salvador Illa recalled in “Onda Cero” that it was “a measure which is already applied in other countries of the European Union” and which has already been “mentioned in certain interterritorials”. For the moment, it is a restriction that they do not exclude and which will be discussed this afternoon at the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System with all the autonomous communities.
The Valencian Community, for its part, has also considered asking for a curfew in its territory in view of the evolution of coronavirus cases. This is what Ximo Puig and his Minister of Health, Ana Barceló, said during a meeting held this Tuesday afternoon in Valencia.
In this sense, Barceló warned that “with the onset of the cold, the situation is likely to worsen”, insisting that “now, more than ever, we cannot relax and we must all collaborate in this fight against the pandemic “.
Alberto Núñez Feijóo, president of the Xunta de Galicia, believes that the curfew “would be reasonable” in some areas if it involves closing the hotel business. However, he believes that the unanimity of all communities is necessary. “Guidelines are lacking to solve this problem. If there are no common criteria, there will be confusion,” he said in this regard.
Fernando López Miras, the president of Murcia, spoke in the same direction, asking for a single criterion for all of Spain. The “popular” leader underlines that “the curfew supposes a greater limitation of fundamental rights and must be taken at national level, with the agreement and consensus of all the autonomous communities”.
In addition, López Miras indicated that the position of his government “will be the same as since the start of the pandemic, which must follow the criteria of scientists, epidemiologists and public health personnel”. “We are facing a deadly virus,” he said, “which is affecting the whole world and there cannot be 17 different answers.”
Castilla La Mancha
Unanimity. This is what the President of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, asked to agree on homogeneous measures in all the autonomous communities and which “do not make the country believe that some are less well off at the expense others”.
“A decision is imposed that won’t and we don’t want it to be full containment, but it has to be a national solution with a national message and that makes the decisions really effective because they are applied to the whole and not by pieces, which are always more questionable, ”said the socialist leader at the presentation of the transfer plan of the University Hospital of Toledo.
According to him, different restrictions are applied “to one place and another” and “we will all end up feeling dizzy not knowing what time to be in Burgos, what time to be in Valencia or whether or not we can be in Talavera de la Queen”.
The interim government president, Pere Aragonès, said last Sunday that he was not ruling out a curfew in Catalonia. However, he stressed that at the moment this is not a measure on the table.
“At the moment, a curfew is not on the table. We are focused on complying with approved regulations. What needs to be done is to strengthen this compliance. Fines will be imposed for some actions this weekend. “, did he declare. stated in an interview in “Cadena Ser”.
In this regard, the spokesperson for Junts per Catalunya, Laura Borràs, said that it was not for her to talk about the needs of the Community of Madrid to make this request, while recalling that the curfew is a measure already applied by other countries.
After announcing the perimeter containment of the cities of Huesca, Zaragoza and Teruel, the president of Aragon spoke out on the possibility of applying the curfew in the country. Javier Lambán admitted that “the term shocks him because of its warlike connotations” and chose to be cautious about its application: “This is an issue that the Spanish government must raise”.
For now, the perimeter containment of the cities of Huesca, Zaragoza and Teruel has been decreed from this Thursday at 00:00 and the entry of the entire autonomous community on level 3 alert, with time and capacity restrictions in all kinds of places and establishments starting next Monday.
In recent days, the incidence has skyrocketed in all three provincial capitals. While Zaragoza has recorded 543 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, in Huesca this data has climbed to 1,003 and in Teruel to 1,418. Among other measures, bars and restaurants will have to close at 10 p.m. and customers will only be able to consume on the street. terrace of the premises, with a capacity of 50%. Social gatherings cannot exceed six people.
Concha Andreu, president of La Rioja, admitted that the curfew is not part of the measures she is considering for her community, but she left the possibility of applying it after the Interterritorial Council of the National System in the air. health.
“Tomorrow (for today) it will be analyzed in the interterritorial. We could apply them if the government articulates its legal figure,” he said at a press conference after announcing the perimeter containment of any the region.
La Rioja has also taken action, with an incidence of 561.87 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The entry and exit of the community will be limited to unmotivated trips for two weeks, from Friday 23 at 00:00 on Saturday 7 November. In addition, establishments are closed at 9:00 p.m. except pharmacies, supermarkets, theatrical and film activities and establishments of basic goods and services. For the moment, they do not envisage the total closure of the hotels.
the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands, for their part, assured that if it was decided to establish a curfew for the whole country, they would ask to be excluded from this measure due to the favorable development of the pandemic at this time.
Navarre, while waiting for the Interritorial, has for the moment decided to confine the whole region for the next 15 days: it will not be possible to leave or enter Navarre, it has ordered the closure of all hotels, bars and restaurants, while the rest Shops must close at 9:00 p.m., as well as facilities for sports and cultural activities. The activity is also suspended in gaming or betting halls and in establishments with multifunctional spaces. Meetings are limited to the family or living unit. Public transport is reduced to 50% of its capacity.
The PP calls for a “regulatory framework” and homogeneous measures
To declare the curfew, the state of alarm is necessary and when Illa asks if they will have the support to approve it in Congress, from the PP, the Minister of Health, Ruiz Escudero, acknowledged that the decision of the curfew which It is envisaged in the region, it should be taken by the government of Pedro Sánchez for legal cover. In addition, he indicated that this should be a measure for the whole of Spain, and not just for the Community of Madrid.
And it is precisely a new legal framework and homogeneous measures for all of Spain that the “popular” voices which have expressed themselves on this subject are calling for. PP spokeswoman in Congress Cuca Gamarra said “the key is a regulatory framework that the government has not developed”, so she called on the executive “to end the state of alarm and begin to legislate “. .
The key is a regulatory framework that the government has not developed. “
Ana Pastor, deputy secretary for social policy of the People’s Party, called on Minister Illa, as health authority, “to establish homogeneous and clear criteria, based on technical reports, to respond to the pandemic situation” .