Spain is approaching a new state of alarm to stop the coronavirus

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Several regions demand that the central government take this measure. For President Pedro Sánchez, the situation is serious but he does not want to impose another quarantine.

Spain is approaching the declaration of a new coronavirus-espana-comings-back-possible-return-alarm-new-outbreaks_0_rmP1ngg9F.html “target =” _ blank “href =” https://www.clarin.com/world/coronavirus -espana-comings-back-possible-return-alarm-new-sprouts_0_rmP1ngg9F.html “> state of alarm, like the one decreed between March and May, to try to cope second hello of the coronavirus, which has already left a total of 34,752 deaths and more than a million official infections, although the president of the government, the socialist Pedro Sánchez, placed this Friday for the first time at three million the number of infected since the beginning of the health crisis.

In a situation that Sánchez himself defined in an institutional declaration as “serious”, the Spanish autonomous communities are requesting the central Executive, almost in a chain, the establishment of a new state of alarm, a constitutional figure that only the State has the power to start up, and what would allow regions to impose curfews, among other restrictions.

To decree it, the Spanish Executive must have the agreement of all regional governments, something that was not achieved on Thursday in the meeting held by the central and regional administrations, and which was postponed, but which is accelerating today. So far six, including the Basque Country and Catalonia, have requested it.

The 19,851 new cases of covid notified this Friday by the Spanish Ministry of Health may have pushed the decision, of which 8,293 were confirmed in the last 24 hours, and the 231 deaths registered since the previous day.

According to these figures, Madrid continues to be the region that accumulates the highest number of daily infections, with 2,027 (24% of the total); followed by Aragon (east), with 1,187; Basque Country (north), with 920; Catalonia (northeast), with 888; Galicia (northwest), with 530; Andalusia (south), with 523, and Navarra (north), with 469.

In the last 14 days, the cumulative incidence rate (coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants) in Spain is 361.66, while hospital pressure rose from 11.80% to 12.11% and the occupation of intensive care units It went from 21.85% on Thursday to 22.48% this Friday.

This Friday, for the first time, the president of the Spanish government established the number of infections since the start of the pandemic in more than three million people, although the official record puts it at around a million.

The official count of infected exceeded one million cases last Wednesday but, according to Sánchez, seroprevalence studies developed by public institutions with scientific experts indicate that “the real number of people who have been infected exceeds three million.”

Sánchez acknowledged that the situation in Spain in this second wave of the virus is “serious, very serious”, although not comparable with that of March 14, when the state of alarm was decreed throughout the country until the end of May.

“But we must avoid reaching that point,” said the Chief Executive, who specified that the most appropriate measures for the current situation are those related to the reduced mobility and contacts between people.

“We want to avoid a new confinement at all costs”, said Sánchez, who set the challenge to bring the average number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants down to 25.

The head of government appealed to “social discipline” and “unity” as ways to avoid a second confinement and was willing to take “whatever measure is necessary” to stop contagions causing the least economic damage and the least possible restrictions on personal freedoms.

Shortly after his appearance, regions such as the Basque Country, Asturias, Extremadura, La Rioja and Catalonia joined the Spanish autonomous city of Melilla (in North Africa) in asking Sánchez to declare a state of alarm, a measure they consider it should be adopted throughout Spain.

On this occasion, its activation would not imply a total confinement of the population, but rather it would mainly restrict the night mobility of the population, since it is in the meetings at that time, parties or alternative celebrations to bars and restaurants where one of the greatest sources of contagion occurs.

Other autonomous communities, such as Castilla y León, Andalusia, Murcia or the Valencian Community, have relied on regional laws to establish their own night curfews, although they are pending court decisions on the validity of the measures.

Madrid, where the 14-day state of alarm decreed by the central government ends this Saturday, has also chosen to limit activity and meetings from midnight.

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