Spain suffers the worst day of the pandemic and prepares for a different Christmas

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Spain suffers the worst day of the pandemic and prepares for a different Christmas




Illa acknowledges "a certain discrepancy" with the political leaders of the Community of Madrid


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Illa acknowledges “a certain discrepancy” with the political leaders of the Community of Madrid


Spain has beaten a new maximum of infections this Friday, registering 15,186 new cases of the Covid, 6,591 in the last 24 hours, data that support the prediction of the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, there are a few months left “complicated”, with a Christmas “that will not be normal, different.”

A few months in which you could toughen measures. And it is that the Ministry of Health is working on updating the early response plan and already has a draft that contemplates the closure of betting shops and the interior of bars and restaurants, as well as a reduction of the capacity of commercial premises to 25 % o prohibit the departure of the elderly who live in residences in the most affected territories.

Although the text must be approved in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System next Wednesday, most of the autonomous communities they have already spoken in favor of it, although some of them consider that it is late.

The second wave has forced communities to take more restrictive measures but they differ depending on the territory and do not have the same forcefulness, since, while Madrid, with an incidence of more than 500, has not closed barsOthers like Catalonia, with a lower incidence, have done so.

The Catalan community has dawned this Friday with bars and restaurants closed, a decision of the Government to try to stop the increase in infections that has received the endorsement of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) and it has sparked protest rallies from the business sector.

The new infections notified this Friday by Health raise the total number to 936,560, and the death to 33,775, 222 more.

Madrid it continues to lead the communities, with 3,175 new cases notified and 2,149 positive confirmed in the last 24 hours (33% of the total); followed by Basque Country, with 805; Aragon, with 625; Y Navarra, with 523.

With these data, the Community of Madrid has extended restrictions on mobility and limitations on schedules and capacity in nine municipalities in the region to “harmonize” its duration with the state of alarm, which will predictably end on Saturday, October 24, the date on which the regional government will apply new measures to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid (BOCM) collects this Friday the extension of these measures in Madrid capital, Alcobendas, Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Getafe, Leganés, Móstoles, Parla and Torrejón de Ardoz.

For its part, the Basque Country has registered second worst number of infections of the entire pandemic, according to data from the Department of Health of the Basque Government, which confirms a cumulative incidence rate in fourteen days of 305.53 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Andalusia has also broken a new record for infections, 2,928 new cases, while in Navarra the Minister of Health, Santos Induráin, has described the current situation as “very worrying” and has recommended limiting as far as possible any non-essential activity during the weekend.

And is that Navarra it is at the forefront in cumulative incidence, with 847.12 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; followed by Aragon, with 455.47; The Rioja, with 453.29; Madrid, with 451.87, and Castile and Leon, with 412.74, all of them from the national average (280.44).

In Aragon “worries” the transmission of the virus, after a few weeks in a “plateau” situation, which is why the regional government is going to tighten the measures next week with the reduction of capacity, generally “practically in all activities”, and the reduction of social groups to 6 people, in addition to the recommendation to also establish bubble groups throughout the territory in this area.

The new restrictions studied by Health and that could be endorsed by the communities next Wednesday, try to save the Christmas season, which Citizens want to reach “with the traffic light green.”

To do this, it has registered a non-legislative proposal in Congress with the aim of reducing the level of contagion by covid by applying common criteria based on the European Union scale, which establishes three scenarios identified with three colors: red, orange and green.

A system known as “covid semaphore”, which allows in a first phase the “simple” identification of the incidence of infection by all citizens and, in a second, guarantees the necessary conditions to allow mobility between European territories, which according to this “traffic light” system present a low incidence of the pandemic.

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