Containment policies are crumbling. And almost 80% of Spaniards see the virus out of control. The reasons, one by one.
The retaining wall to the second wave of coronavirus infections is crumbles in Spain, where 78 percent of its people believe and feel that the pandemic is, once again, out of control, according to an international survey.
How do you explain the increase in infections that Spain is suffering while in the rest of Europe the positives increase, although on a smaller scale?
Since the first case of coronavirus was detected here at the end of January, Spain has already exceeded the 700,000 infected with covid, the highest figure among western European countries.
And, to understand why the pandemic is once again cornering Spaniards in the disturbing way in which it is doing, we would have to focus on five crucial aspects in managing the epidemic:
1) The lack of doctors that the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, confessed to President Pedro Sánchez; 2) failures in early detection and the immediate isolation of cases; 3) the non-quarantine nor the requirement of mandatory PCR tests for travelers who arrived in Spain since the end of June; 4) uneven participation and responsibility of society civil in the measures of distancing, hygiene and use of the mask, and 5) the absence of a clear strategy in making firm decisions for the entire territory.
On this criterion, this Friday Madrid experienced the last chapter of lack of coordination between the national and regional governments.
The epidemiological situation of the autonomous community, headquarters of the capital and “engine of Spain”, as regional president Díaz Ayuso likes to call it, has been worrying for weeks.
One in three new coronavirus infections that occur in the country corresponds to Madrid where, since Monday, some 850,000 residents once again experienced limitations in their movements and in their social life.
This Friday, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, superimposed a press conference on which the Ministry of Health of Madrid had announced to inform that the government of Spain recommends the closure of the entire city of Madrid “and of all the cities that present accumulated incidents in the last 14 days of 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, double the average we have in Spain ”, said Illa.
At the same time that the minister released his recommendations for Madrid, the Community’s Deputy Minister of Health, Antonio Zapatero, reported that, to the 37 areas to which restrictions were already applied because the accumulated infections in the last 14 days exceeded the 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants, are added, as of Monday, eight other areas from Madrid.
“The incidence rate is an important piece of information but it cannot be the only piece of information when considering taking action. That infection transmission rate, which is an important piece of information, cannot be the only one -retructed the Madrid deputy minister of Health to what was suggested by Minister Illa-. That is why we value that these areas present a cumulative incidence of 14 days greater than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, that they have a stable or increasing trend and, in some cases, their geographical contiguity to facilitate perimeter control of mobility. “
15 percent of all Madrid residents will have to justify, since Monday, leaving their houses to go to work, to the doctor, to the bank, to school or to take care of children or the elderly. Social and family gatherings may not exceed 6 people and bars and restaurants, which may only attend to the half of its clients, must close at ten at night.
The new affected areas, which together with the previous 37 represent 27.2 percent of coronavirus cases in the entire Community of Madrid, are: Panaderas, in Fuenlabrada; Doctor Trueta and Miguel Servet, in Alcorcón. And in the capital: Vicálvaro-Artilleros, in Vicálvaro; Orcasitas, in Usera; Campo de la Paloma and Rafael Alberti, in Puente de Vallecas; and García Noblejas, in Ciudad Lineal.
“That an explicit recommendation be established to avoid any unnecessary movement in Madrid”, asked the Minister of Health.
Illa warned that “tough weeks will come for the Community of Madrid and that it is necessary to act with determination.”
“The measures have a technical basis. They seek to prevent the transmission of the virus and protect citizens ”, justified the Deputy Minister of Health Zapatero about the new restrictions that affect 167,000 more people from Madrid. In total, the limitations will reach more than a million people.