Why are Galicia, Extremadura, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands the only communities that do not close?

Why are Galicia, Extremadura, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands the only communities that do not close?

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The avalanche of Autonomous Communities closed perimeter It has led the country into a state of semi-confinement with serious restrictions on mobility. Millions of Spaniards have forbidden to cross borders of their community due to the serious incidence of this second wave of the pandemic, except those who live in Galicia, Extremadura, Baleares Y Canary Islands.

What is the epidemiological situation in each of these areas? What do your presidents and why they have not decreed the closure? More and more communities decide to prohibit entry and exit from their territories without justification, slightly increasing the pressure on those regions that resist closure.

Alberto Núñez Feijóo, president of the Xunta de Galicia, has been against the latest measures and has criticized the decision of the state government to decree a second state of alarm. The committee created to manage the Galician situation has decided, in coordination with the Executive, do not close Galicia perimeter but it does implement the curfew schedule proposed by Sánchez without variations.

Confinements in Spain.

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Confinements in Spain.

Faced with the proposal of a perimeter closure, the Galician president has argued that currently “It is not essential” in the community, although the councilor for Health, Julio García Comesaña, has clarified that they will be attentive to how events unfold and that if the numbers worsen “We will have to act accordingly.”

The reality is that the virus incidence data in Galicia are the fourth best in the entire country, behind the two island communities and the Valencian Community. Galicia registers a cumulative incidence of 254.83 cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, according to data from the Ministry of Health Updated yesterday October 28.

The President of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernandez Vara, has argued last Tuesday that the duty to contain the virus with mobility restrictions belongs to the security forces in the cities, because “it is where infections occur.” On closing Extremadura, he said that “you cannot close what does not exist. A country has borders, a region does not. ”

Vara wanted to focus attention on infections within the territory, writing on his Twitter account that this is where we have to focus and “not on some limits that only exist on maps but not on the territory. We want to confine without confinement and that is not possible. We have to demand that mobility restrictions are complied with within our cities and that is where the State Corps and Forces are necessary. Or do we still think that the infections come from outside? ”

The aforementioned report from the Ministry of Health marks a cumulative incidence of 474.66 cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days in Extremadura. This data is higher than that registered in other communities that yes they have decreed the closing, like Murcia, Asturias or Andalusia.

The Canary Islands is the only Spanish territory that has no curfew for the good data on infections and incidence of the virus they handle. The German government has recently removed the community from its list of risky tourist destinations, once again allowing travel between the German country and the islands.

Despite the good data, the Canarian government requires tourists to test negative for coronavirus to ensure that no imported case enters. The president, Ángel Víctor Torres, has not explicitly ruled on whether the perimeter closure of the region is being considered, although It is assumed unlikely due to the recent recovery in tourism as the islands have the best data in Spain, with a cumulative incidence of 77.13 cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, according to Health data.

The Balearic Islands also have a relatively low figure within the Spanish set with 191.22 cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. Although within the territory there are areas with a higher incidence and local confinementsAs in Manacor, the general situation is good and an early closure is not expected.

The Balearic president, Francina Armengol, who has recently been involved in controversies for having been seen in a bar after the curfew, has not spoken directly on the closure of the community. However, in her last statements to the media, she was open to advancing the curfew time because “the first thing we must do is protect health” since “without health there is no reactivation”.

After a tense wait, the president of the Madrid’s community, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has decreed this Thursday the closure of the region during the next All Saints bridge and also the next. Outside of those days the possibility of repeating the closure at specific times is open, but not continuously and with fixed dates like the rest of the communities.

The Valencian Community this awaiting confirmation of closure announcement soon, although given the data and the decisions of the other regions it is expected that the perimeter closure will also be decreed. According to Health, the autonomy registers a cumulative incidence of 207.70 cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.


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