The explosion of infections forces communities to agree to restrictions

  • The autonomous regions of the north agree to limit hospitality and nightlife to avoid mobility

  • Sánchez insists that the high numbers of positives do not imply a high rate of hospitalizations

The contagion explosion In recent days, with Spain breaking daily records of positives due to the arrival of the omicron variant, much more infectious although in principle less serious, it begins to force communities to promote restrictions, following in the wake of Catalunya. At the moment, no territory intends to approve limitations as harsh as those of the Generalitat, which include a curfew endorsed by the courts, but this Monday, just four days before New Years Eve, six northern autonomies agreed on the general lines of the new regime.

After suffering in some cases incidents above 2,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, something never seen in these almost two years of the coronavirus pandemic, Aragon, Navarra, Euskadi, La Rioja, Cantabria and Asturias agreed restrictions on nightlife, business hours and the maximum number of diners in the hospitality industry. The territories thus seek to prevent mobility between one and the other, with its citizens moving depending on where there are more lax measures.

In the case of Aragon, From Wednesday to January 15, the hotel business will not be open past midnight, Nightlife establishments must close at 2 a.m. and in no case may there be more than 10 diners per table nor will consumption be allowed at the bar.

Basque Country has not yet completed its initiatives, but they will go in the same direction, after the lendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, fail, like other regional presidents, in their attempt to force the central government to agree on common restrictions throughout the state. Unlike on other occasions, in which the magistrates overthrew some of their initiatives, the Basque Government will not consult this time to the courts, but will base its actions on its own pandemic law. That is, there will be no measures that affect the Fundamental rights, like the curfew and the number of people in domestic gatherings. Too Galicia and Andalusia They prepare short-term restrictions, although the latter community will not act until next week.

As for the rest of the northern territories that agreed on the general lines to face the sixth wave, some have already announced the restrictions (case of Asturias) and others, such as The Rioja, They will do so throughout this week, but in all initiatives they are aimed at restricting hospitality and nightlife, an area in which Pedro Sanchez chose not to enter during the Conference of Presidents held last Wednesday.

The optimism of the president

After reinstating the mandatory nature of the outdoor mask, a measure rated as ineffective by experts Due to the fact that outdoor infections are very rare, the Central Executive continues to insist that the high number of infections is not assuming, unlike the previous waves, that the hospital admissions, due to the extension of vaccination coverage in Spain and the very characteristics of the omicron variant, which according to all preliminary studies causes fewer severe cases.

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“In the coming weeks we will see numbers of infections very high, but not so in hospitalizations. We have to persevere in three issues: continue to vaccinate ourselves, maintain personal protection and masks and act with institutional unity & rdquor ;, Sánchez said this Monday, during his visit to the island of La Palma.

Almost at the same time, Isabel Diaz Ayuso transmitted the contrary thesis. The Madrid president not only said that the positives were going to begin to fall in a very short time, but also described the restrictions as useless, despite the fact that her fellow party members in Murcia and Galicia defend them. According to Ayuso, in favor of stopping this sixth wave through “self-care & rdquor ;, the positives“ will begin to remit in a matter of days & rdquor; and the closures “They are useless & rdquor ;. Madrid, Extremadura, Castilla y León and Castilla-la Mancha are the only autonomous regions that have not taken any measures.

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