The EU demands from Spain an "urgent assessment" of its "health capacity" in the face of the omicron escalation

The EU anti-Covid office (ECDC) has just updated its protocols to demand greater involvement of central governments in the fight against omicron. It is not only claimed from Spain, but Spain stands out on its maps as one of the countries in the band of maximum impact and risk due to the virus. The demand is emphatic: “Member states must also urgently assess their acceptable levels of residual risks, the current capacities of the health system and the risk management options available.”

And he does it, right, while Pedro Sánchez continues to evade his obligation to coordinate the actions of the autonomous communities and when he has tried to leave the 2022 game of aid to the autonomous communities without a euro to face the Covid healthcare expenses.
The new update of the protocols of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), indicates that “during the last two weeks, a sharp increase in the notification rates of COVID-19 has been observed in several EU countries / EEA (states of the European Economic Area) ”.

In fact, “at the end of week 52, an epidemiological situation of high or very high concern was observed in all but two EU / EEA Member States.” Spain is no exception, but is in the group of maximum impact and risk due to the virus.
The ECDC explains that “this situation is largely due to the continuous circulation of the Delta variant and the rapid expansion of the omicron variant in many countries” and notes that “based on the current situation and the available evidence, the ECDC considers that the overall level of public health risk associated with the increased occurrence and spread of VOC Omicron in the EU / EEA is very high ”.

Omicron propagation

The EU further warns that “in the coming weeks, the spread of omicron is expected to result in even higher overall case notification rates” and these high levels of SARS-CoV-2 transmission “may lead to high levels of absenteeism, including among healthcare workers and other essential workers, and are likely to exceed testing and contact tracing capabilities in many EU Member States ”.

Furthermore, ECDC expects that “the large volume of COVID-19 cases expected to occur will put considerable pressure on health systems and society.” For all these reasons, the EU’s anti-COVID body calls for “necessary actions to continue tackling the pandemic.” And there it demands from Spain and the rest of the Member States a non-existent involvement at the moment in the Government of Pedro Sánchez.
“Urgent and energetic measures are needed to reduce transmission, keep the burden on health systems manageable and protect the most vulnerable in the coming months,” says the protocol.

Vaccination remains key

“Vaccination remains key to addressing the continued circulation of the virus and to reducing the impact of delta and omicron VOCs,” and furthermore, “efforts should continue to increase the full acceptance of vaccination in people who are not currently vaccinated. or that they are partially vaccinated, as well as the acceleration of the deployment of booster doses ”.

But the ECDC points to a type of measure where the Sánchez government makes water everywhere: “Non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as avoiding large public or private meetings, prolonged use of face masks, reducing contacts between groups of people in social or work settings, working from home and reducing the mix between households should be strengthened and maintained ”. And it is that Sánchez has decided to wash his hands and leave the vast majority of these decisions in the hands of the communities.

For all these reasons, the European anti-COVID office points out that “member states must also urgently assess its acceptable levels of residual risks, the current capacities of the health system and the risk management options available ”. In Spain, the management of the health system is transferred to the autonomous communities. But the coordination of these systems in the event of a pandemic falls to the central government, which, despite this, has made an absolute omission of this obligation.

The ECDC recalls some examples within these measures that must be “Urgently evaluated”: “Contingency measures and continuity of activity, surveillance and testing strategy, and quarantine and isolation policy, among others.”

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