The alarming increase in coronavirus infections in Spain forces the Ministry of Health to completely rethink the de-escalation strategy in the leisure sector and very especially in the case of massive events in which it is not possible to guarantee the use of masks by all attendees.
The cumulative incidence has skyrocketed to 600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. The data from regions such as Castilla y León and Navarra (above 800 cases) and especially those from Catalonia (1234) are of concern. The same data, by the way, that led the Government to demand the closure of Madrid, as EL ESPAÑOL recalls today.
And while it is true that this fifth wave has a significant peculiarity, because most of the cases are mild and correspond to those under 40 years of age (with a very low fatality rate), it would be irresponsible to stand idly by in the face of the increase in infections.
First, because we still largely do not know the real transmission capacity of the virus among those vaccinated. And second, because it has been shown that the efficacy of drugs decreases over the months. In fact, the effect of vaccines could already be diminishing among the first vaccinated.
At EL ESPAÑOL we clearly consider it urgent that the Government intervene with determination and prudence to stop the wave of infections. And for this, it is essential to reverse the de-escalation and put the focus on nightlife, where collective meetings take place to a large extent.
The british mirror
The case of Catalonia is paradigmatic. With 1,234 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, It is the region most affected by the coronavirus in Europe. But it is not the only Spanish community that appears in the top ten in Europe. They are accompanied by four others, consolidating a disturbing scenario.
To tackle the problem in Catalonia, the regional government has implemented a night curfew in 161 municipalities. It is foreseeable that in the coming weeks Catalonia will suffer a significant increase in patients in critical condition.
In any case, Spain is far from being an exception in the European environment. United Kingdom, the mirror in which our country is reflected, has just convened the freedom day (the day in which most of the restrictions imposed during the pandemic were put to an end) with an incidence of 800 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and with the prime minister, Boris Johnson, quarantined after sharing space with the number one of Health, infected.
Spain has not bet, at least explicitly, on natural group immunity, as seems to be the goal in the United Kingdom. But in practice, our country seems to have embarked on that path. If this epidemic has taught anything, it is that this bet implies the risk of hospital saturation, the increase in deaths and the emergence of new elusive variants for vaccines.
The government must therefore listen to the criticism of its European partners. Just yesterday, el French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clement Beaune, put Spain as a counterexample of the management of the pandemic and defined our strategy as “reckless”.
Beyond the fact that his words arrive in the middle of the tourist campaign, and that they omit the British or Dutch case with interest, they deserve to be heard. Especially when they point to a repeated and broadcast reality, such as the celebration of massive events and the opening of discos without the appropriate security measures.
Advantage it cannot blind a government that must take action in the matter before the multiplication of infections. The health authorities will do well, finally, to recover the necessary restrictions to return to the long-awaited normality of before.
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