Sánchez opens the door at the end of the mask indoors: “The necessary condition is met”

  • The president considers that the high rate of vaccination coverage causes the debate to be addressed “soon”

  • Experts consider that it is still early to address a decision of this type

Pedro Sanchez launched this Monday its clearest message about the end of the indoor masks. The thesis of the President of the Government, who until now had approached this matter with extreme caution, is that in Spain it already fulfills the “necessary condition” a very wide vaccination coverage, to banish the face mask. Even so, Sanchez avoided setting a date to such a far-reaching decision.

The Chief Executive made these statements from the Moncloa Palace, after his meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Fredriksen, a country that lifted all covid-related restrictions at the beginning of the month. “We have shared that, indeed, the necessary condition [para derogar la mascarilla bajo techo] is to have a vaccination rate like the one that Spanish or Danish societies have & rdquor ;, said Sánchez. In the case of Spain, 91% of the population has the full guideline and 49.7% has a booster dose, percentages that in Denmark are, respectively, 81.7% and 62%, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). But the infection rate in the Nordic country is much higher: ‘Our World in Data’, the Oxford University platform, reflects that last Thursday the rate of new cases per million inhabitants was 6,741. In Spain, from 626.

Not only Denmark has said goodbye in Europe to the mask inside in recent times. Sweden and the UK They have also taken the plunge. France It will be given on February 28, at least inside those places that require the vaccination passport to enter. Poland will eliminate in March the obligatory nature of the garment.

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Sánchez avoided raising no deadline. He only pointed out that the debate will take place “sooner than later & rdquor; in the Interterritorial Health Council, which brings together the Government and the autonomies. “Thanks to the contribution of science, each time we have fewer cases and the incidence does nothing but go down,” said Sánchez, who also asked to wait for the “contribution” of scientists.

The experts, for the moment, consider that the Prime Minister opened this debate prematurely. For Jose Martinez Olmos, former Director General of Health and professor at the Andalusian School of Public Health, there is still a long way to go for that moment, with Spain currently suffering an incidence of around 900 cases diagnosed in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants. “The decrease in incidence will have to be consolidated in figures about 50 cases and that this be stable to have all the guarantees of health protection –he argues-. In addition, it will be good if the measure has the endorsement of the ECDC and coincides with the decisions of other countries because coordination helps to take safe steps”.

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