The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simón, admitted this Thursday that “allowing visits to relatives” during this Christmas will not mean “a drain” as long as citizens “maintain personal responsibility.”
“We can trust that our society is adult enough to comply with the rules,” said the epidemiologist, defending the inclusion of the term “close friends” among the exceptions to be able to move from one autonomous community to another during these Christmas holidays to be able to participate in family gatherings.
As he explained, the word “relative” refers to those people “with whom there is a special relationship of affection or kinship” without that link becoming “legal or official.” “Many people spend the holidays with their neighbors or with their cousins. There are many family realities ”, pointed out Simón, who admitted that the term“ can be subject to traps ”.
Despite all this, the head of the CCAES appealed at all times to personal responsibility and reminded the autonomous communities that family reunions of up to ten people “may also be applied” to Three Kings Day. According to the “minimum agreement” reached on Wednesday between the communities and Health, this indication was only suggested for days 24, 25, 31 and 1. Children were also included in that number, since, as he recalled, “minors they can get infected and they can transmit the virus. ‘ “They have a clear logic to include them in that figure of ten,” he said.
During his usual press conference to give an account of the balance of the second wave of the virus, Simón also warned about the serious risk that the next bridge of the Immaculate Conception and the Constitution pose for the evolution of the pandemic. As he indicated, in these non-working days “we can ruin the two-month effort.” “We cannot relax, evolution is still complicated,” he insisted.
Despite the fact that one more day the incidence of the virus has fallen again and now stands at 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and is already the lowest in Europe, Simón recalled that “almost the entire territory is still at high or very high risk ». One in ten hospitalized patients is due to Covid-19 and one in four of all patients who are currently admitted to an ICU in Spain is due to Sars Cov-2.