Three weeks after the San José bridge and fifteen days after Easter began, the data of the coronavirus pandemic in Spain begin to accuse the festivities. Yesterday, the Ministry of Health added 22,744 infections to its official statistics since last Friday –twice as much as last monday-, and the accumulated incidence in the last 14 days increased 17 points, reaching 199 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants.
Since the incidence began its upward trend on March 17, it has risen 72 points in 26 days, and in another 26 the state of alarm will end, with no intention on the part of the Government to renew it. In this sense, the director of the Center for Coordination and Health Alerts (CCAES), Fernando Simon, said yesterday during a press conference that the fact that “the number of citizens susceptible” to being infected with Covid-19 changes the perspective on the need to approve or not a new state of alarm or prolong the actual. “The situation has nothing to do with the one in October, when the last one was adopted.” For this reason, Simón asked that during the next 15 or 20 days the debate focus on «assessing how the pandemic is evolving, proposing the possible scenarios and if they really (the state of alarm and the curfew) contribute something extra that is not can do without it, “he defended. In your opinion, the autonomous communities have a “very high” capacity to make decisions, regardless of the protection provided by the current constitutional mechanism.
Montero asks for less pressure
The extension of the state of alarm currently divides the regional presidents. The Government Spokesperson and Minister of Finance, Maria Jesus MonteroHe assured yesterday that the Executive’s forecast continues to be that of not extending it beyond May 9 and that, in any case, if it decided to do so, it would be because the experts recommend it and not because the autonomous communities “press or not.” Like Simón, the minister defended that “There is sufficient ordinary legislation” that enables them to be able to decree the “very limited local suspension of fundamental rights in some settings, as long as it is validated by the courts.”
The debate in which Andalusia or Galicia was already participating was joined yesterday by the Lendakari Iñigo Urkullu, who regretted that President Pedro Sánchez made public his unilateral “decision, or intention” not to propose its renewal “without contrasting it” with the autonomous communities, “Responsible for health care and on the front line of fighting the virus from day one”. Urkullu reminded him that precisely in October it was he who asked for it publicly, until the Government proposed it to Congress. Its end “is a desire shared by all of society, but subject to unpredictable conditions today, such as the evolution of the pandemic, as well as the process and rhythm of vaccination,” he wrote on social networks.
Despite the upward evolution of the indicators, in the opinion of the CCAES director, «The efficacy of the vaccines used will allow the advance of the virus to be less rapid as in other epidemic waves, ”explained Simón. “This does not mean that we will not have a fourth wave, but the speed is not as fast as on other occasions,” he argued. In this sense, the data is already beginning to show the impact that 94.6% of those over 80 years of age have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. “The fact of having more and more immunity makes the rate of ascent slower,” added Simón.
In his opinion, the impact of vaccination is already being «really important», which is why Simón asks «to remain hopeful that vaccination will allow us to control the epidemic and get out of the serious situation in which we found ourselves ».
Regarding the possibility of pausing or minimizing this fourth wave, the director of CCAES stressed that «The transmission that we are seeing now and until next week it took place roughly during Holy Week. “We cannot stop what has already happened. We can avoid reaching 250 and 300. The incidence will continue to rise in the coming days. Hopefully gently, if we are sensible enough to have sufficient coverage in all age groups, “he stressed.
Along with the increase in the number of infected people, a higher occupancy of ICU beds was also reported yesterday, where 21.57% of them are already occupied by patients with coronavirus. The percentage of positivity also grew to 8.05%, which rises “Tenth to tenth”, which shows that “we are in the expansion phase,” added Simón.
As for the deceased, yesterday they doubled again compared to the previous Monday, going from 85 to 197 deaths, “the most painful figure” according to the director of the CCAES, who nevertheless appreciates a significant decrease in this number with respect to other previous waves.