Foreign Ministry denies that WHO launched an explicit ‘road map’ months ago

Foreign Ministry denies that WHO launched an explicit 'road map' months ago

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Arancha Gonzalez Layas portfolio It has contested that international health authorities issued a ‘road map’ against the pandemic several months ago. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation denies that the World Health Organization (WHO) made specific recommendations for action in multiple fields against the coronavirus for months and is trying to combat what it considers surprising interpretations.

Sources from this Department emphasize that those who have been at the heart of decision-makings perfectly know the cadence with which the recommendations were arriving. Thus, they have prepared a schedule detailing those recommendations and the measures that the Executive of Pedro Sanchez was taking. What’s more, for weeks now, Exteriors have been employing themselves to defend the Government’s management outside Spanish borders, to refute the thesis of a late reaction. For this reason, the infographics they have produced have been sent to journalists, correspondents and also to the Spanish Embassies abroad.

The sources have shown their surprise at the interpretation that the declaration of a health emergency by the WHO already implies specific recommendations because, they assure, this was not the case. So they say, Foreign It has made an effort to synthesize the information and collect facts to disseminate it.

In addition to what they consider to be erroneous information, the sources have stressed the importance of fighting disinformation about the epidemic, a problem that, as they have explained, practically all the countries affected by the coronavirus suffer. Because, the Spanish Government is in favor of the matter being dealt with in a shared way in the EU and, in fact, it has been one of the issues addressed in the telematic Council of Ministers in which the minister, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, has participated, along with consular coordination for repatriations and international cooperation.

According to these sources, the disinformation in this case is mainly about the foci of the pandemic and the quality of the response, in order to attack the legitimacy of the authorities that are fighting it. However, they dare not attribute a source to these disinformation campaigns and remember that attribution is always complex. In any case, they believe that the campaigns are similar to previous ones and they want to be alert.

In the chronology prepared by Exteriors to collect the facts, it is said, for example, that on February 4 the WHO asked not to impose unforeseen restrictions by international health standards so as not to increase fear and stigmatization.

Three days after the Valencia-Atalanta match in Bergamo – which has been considered an accelerator of the epidemic – the WHO recommended on February 22 to avoid direct contact with the infected, but still no specific measure for travelers. On February 29, he continued to advise against trade or travel restrictions with countries with outbreaks of the disease.

On March 3 in Spain it was decided to hold professional sports competitions behind closed doors and cancel congresses of health professionals. On March 7, the WHO said that China showed that the disease could be stopped with containment measures and urged society as a whole to follow precautions, but on 7 and 8 there were still massive events around the world.

It is March 9, points out this collection of information, when the WHO says that countries with community transmission can consider measures such as school closings or cancellation of mass events, and that was what the Interterritorial Health Council did for Madrid and others contagious areas. 10 were banned flights to Italy and Imserso trips, and on the 11th the WHO declared the global pandemic.

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