The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has insisted that the autonomous communities have “sufficient tools and instruments” after the fall of the state of alarm, next Sunday, May 9, to continue controlling the pandemic of COVID-19.

In an appearance before the media from Asturias, Darias has defended the legislation put in place by the Executive of Pedro Sánchez to face the pandemic. “The members of the Interterritorial Council have been putting measures. I hope that when we leave this damn pandemic behind, we will have tools to continue facing possible threats, ”he said.

Once the state of alarm ends, Darias sees “essential” case tracking, sequencing “to be able to isolate the virus” and vaccination. In the same way, he recalled that the CCAA and the Ministry of Health agreed on a document of coordinated actions, known as ‘traffic light’, which is “an action guide with measures to carry out depending on the incidence.”

Thus, he has defended that “when May 9 passes, there are enough tools and instruments.” “Let’s hope that the CCAA continue to apply them as they are doing. We believe that the legislation that we have is sufficient and with the measures that we have been taking in the Interterritorial Council as well ”, he added.

The Government maintains its intention to lift the state of alarm on May 9 and, therefore, has already begun to prepare the new phase that will open then, and to analyze with the ministries what social and economic measures depend on the validity of this instrument , to extend by decree those that are still necessary in the final stage of the coronavirus pandemic.

The idea of ​​the Executive is to soon approve a decree law that allows to give continuity to those issues that the ministries consider that it is necessary to continue maintaining beyond May 9. They would be measures, in any case, that do not need this constitutional instrument to remain in force, since they do not have to do with the restriction of fundamental rights.

This is the case, for example, of the measure that was approved in February to allow retired health workers to go back to work to help in the fight against the pandemic, without losing their pension. This issue was expressly linked to the state of alarm being in force.

Meanwhile, the regional governments have also begun to prepare the stage for after May 9 and are already planning the legal framework that guarantees them to continue taking certain measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, although some regional executives acknowledge the difficulty of establishing restrictions without this legal rule.

Many regional executives have criticized Sánchez’s decision not to extend this instrument. The Basque Government, for example, has been one of the most critical and warns that “there are fewer and fewer days” to clarify this issue. In addition, from the PNV, the majority formation in the Government of the Basque Country, insist on maintaining this norm.

Andalusia, likewise, has regretted that there will be an exit from the state of alarm “to the letter of each autonomous community, of what each autonomous government decides”, because the Government of Spain “has not done its job, has not fulfilled its duties and obligations”.

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