The Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid has confirmed this Sunday three new deaths because of the coronavirus, bringing the deaths of COVID-19 in that region to eight and thirteen in the whole of Spain.
The Ministry of Health has estimated 202 infections by coronavirus in the Community of Madrid, one of the regions where they are concentrated most cases.
Coronavirus infections in Spain already reach 589 positives, 159 more than yesterday and 60% concentrated in Madrid, the Basque Country and The Rioja, according to the data communicated this Sunday by the Ministry of Health.
At a press conference, the director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simon, stressed that, despite the daily increase in cases by 20%, the situation is not “uncontrolled or much less” since the main outbreaks are known cases “prior” and located in those areas.
Specifically, according to the data provided by Simon, by autonomous communities the situation is as follows: Andalucia 35 cases, Aragon 13, Asturias 7, Balearic Islands 8, Canary Islands 17, Cantabria 12, Castilla-La Mancha 15, Castilla y Leon 22, Catalonia 49, Valencian Community 37, Extremadura 6, Galicia 5, Madrid 202, Murcia 1, Navarra 3, Basque Country 102 (main focus on Vitoria), and La Rioja 55 (main focus on Haro).
According to Simon, the increase in cases in the Community of Madrid is centered in Valdemoro and affects “a very specific population group”: “it is a fragile population group that is very well identified”.
On the other hand, in the Basque Country, the second autonomous community that registers more cases, the focus for Simon is not related so much to the number of cases “but to the fact that there have been outbreaks related to health professionals and it has generated stress added to professionals ».
“Obviously – he has recognized – at that point there is a pressure on hospital services that is being maintained, which does not take away so that doctors in hospitals with more cases cannot have a perception of a real situation. These hospitals are being strengthened to carry this, but the system is solid.
Simon has also said that they are in contact with the government of the Valencian Community to see if it is “necessary to take a specific medicine” in the face of the Fallas festival, but has warned that we must “be careful” when considering prevention measures without “associating them with more restrictive ones”.
«Avoiding a mass event without closing the meters -he explained- makes little sense, therefore the measures cannot be taken thinking about the specific focus, but on the impacts that are around. It would not be logical to take them for pressures of partial perceptions of the situation ».
In this regard, Simon has listed a series of “important alternatives” so that the autonomous communities have more facilities to “manage this significant number of cases” that can reach hospitals: home care and individual patient responsibility, which they have to be “aware” of the situation and “guarantee” that they will comply with health recommendations.
The director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, who has rejected for the moment the possibility of hiring retired doctors, as has happened in other countries, has also assessed during his speech the decision taken by the Italian government to isolate 16 millions of people in the north of the country as this “greatly reduces the risk of entry” of new cases in our country.
A control that added to what is being done in the Spanish autonomous communities means that there is not “so much to change phase”, but rather “vision when implementing the measures”.