Almeida: “A man from Navarra is twice as likely to be accidentally infected as a man from Madrid”

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The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, said this Sunday that, taking into account the “exemplary” behavior of the people of Madrid when it comes to abiding by the rules, the deployment of the State Security forces to control departures from the city has been, in his opinion, “disproportionate ».

At a press conference after making a tour from Neptuno to the Plaza de Cibeles, Martínez-Almeida clarified that he does not criticize the “deployment of the Government Delegation” but that, taking into account the compliance of the people of Madrid towards the measures, that number of controls “was not necessary”: “When Madrilenians are told that there are obligations to fulfill, Madrilenians comply, I understand the precautions, I am not going to criticize the Government for adopting these surveillance measures, but what I do say that they were not necessary (…) and we must take note for the future ».

The mayor has noted that lThe Government Delegation has assumed powers in matters of surveillance to comply with the restrictions, and has indicated that the City Council has made the Municipal Police available to “collaborate” in those places where the State Security Forces and Bodies do not reach.

Further, has criticized that the Government of Pedro Sánchez. The Madrid mayor has indicated that despite the president’s commitment “in writing and verbally” that they were going to design and establish an adequate legal framework to provide security when carrying out confinements, the duties have not been done “on time” and At the moment the communities live in a situation of “notable legal insecurity”.

“I would tell the president (Pedro Sánchez) that there is no worse blind than the one who does not want to see,” the mayor said in this regard. He has also said that the order that the president asked the Community of Madrid was “nonsense” because, having to be ratified by the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid (TSJM), said order would not have a court resolution until after seven days, so there were going to be no restrictions in a week.

Response to Chivite

The mayor of Madrid has also regretted this Sunday that “Madrid is always pointed out” when other communities, such as Navarra, present worse data. He has also pointed out that “at the moment a Navarrese citizen has twice the chances of being accidentally infected than a Madrilenian.”

“What measures is the Government of the nation adopting towards Navarra?” Martínez-Almeida asked himself in statements to the media in Cibeles, where he said that this does not mean that “necessarily the state of alarm has to be applied in Navarre”. Likewise, the Madrilenian leader has pointed out that he has “nothing against” this community, but has asked that the measures be applied with equal treatment and that Madrid is not the objective of debate of the Government of the nation.

Martínez-Almeida has ensured that if the data from Spain are compared with those of the rest of the countries of the European Union but “isolating” the data from Madrid, Spain would be “the fourth worst country in the EU” in number of infections, which he has considered “worrying” and for which he believes that the Government should not “shirk responsibilities.” In addition, the mayor has argued that in Madrid “we are in the same situation as at the end of August and at the beginning of September”, with the “difference” that the peak of infections in this second wave occurred “two weeks ago”, for what you have to continue taking action, but you have to see “where we come from and where we are going.”

During the intervention of the mayor of Madrid and national president of the PP, the president of Navarra Maria Chivite has announced more limitations to leisure and social relations for all of Navarra in order to prevent the advance of the coronavirus and, although for the moment it has not proposed restricting mobility, it has recommended it. The measures, which will take effect on Tuesday, do not include perimeter confinements, since the focus of contagion is basically social relations, and limiting mobility with other communities has legal difficulties, Chivite said.

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