Madrid, Apr 10 (EFE) .- The Community of Madrid and some Canary Islands are the only ones that have lifted the perimeter closure on a day in which, however, restrictions continue throughout the country due to the increase in cases of covid-19 and in which the end of the state of alarm and vaccination have once again been the protagonists.
Fourteen communities, in addition to the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, have decided to continue the measures agreed for Easter – whose execution period ended this Friday – and maintain the perimeter closures in view of the evolution of infections.
According to the data released yesterday by the Ministry of Health, Spain has added 56,118 new infections since last April 1, the beginning of Holy Week, and in this period the accumulated incidence has increased 27.3 points, to 182 cases per every 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, and the pressure in ICUs has gone from 18.4% to 20.4%.
MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE IN VACCINES
From Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has asked for “maximum confidence” in vaccines and in the criteria of specialists despite the planning changes in the national strategy due to the decision to limit the administration of AstraZeneca in those under 60 years of age.
Darias has said that the Government is analyzing various possibilities for people under 60 who have received a first dose of this preparation; one of them would be the injection of a second dose of another RNA vaccine, as in Germany and France.
Another alternative would be that they are not vaccinated again with another dose, as studies ensure that with the first of AstraZeneca an immunity of 70% is achieved.
The Community of Madrid, for its part, has requested “formally” to the Ministry of Health, through the Public Health Commission, that those under 60 years of age can be vaccinated voluntarily with AstraZeneca.
This was announced by the Madrid Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, during a visit to the Wizink Center, where the third mass vaccination device in the region, which began operating yesterday, has been enabled.
The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has stressed on his Twitter account that “getting vaccinated” is “safe” and the “only solution” to stop the virus.
“I will do it as soon as my turn comes,” he wrote, while emphasizing his “full confidence” in public health and its “magnificent professionals.”
ONE MONTH TO THE END OF THE ALARM STATE
In addition to vaccines, the end of the state of alarm on May 9 has been in the debate.
The president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has proposed calling the Conference of Presidents to manage the country after May 9 because “Spain needs certainties, not a government that goes from a state of alarm to chaos.”
Before the board of directors of the party that was held this morning in Oleiros, Feijóo has considered that “the least” that can be done at this time is a meeting “to put common sense before the lack of common sense of the Government of Spain.”
He has suggested that the central Executive “is not interested” in convening this conference because “it may not have support”, but the autonomies, he adds, have “no interest but to get it right” because on May 9 there will be a “legal vacuum” that is necessary. manage, among other measures, with a health law.
In this sense, Darias believes that the state of alarm “has been very useful to contain the virus, but it cannot exist indefinitely.”
He has asked for “co-responsibility and responsibility” to face the next stage, since he understands that “what cannot be done is partisan struggle with the state of alarm, not everything goes in politics.”
CONTAGES CONTINUE TO RISE
This Saturday the territories have updated their data; The Basque Country, for example, has registered a significant increase in infections in recent hours, to 920, which has raised positivity to 8.9%, the highest in a week.
Occupancy in ICUs continues to increase in Catalonia and stands at 498 patients, on the verge of exceeding the barrier of 500 critics when the impact of the Holy Week holidays has not yet been noticed on the epidemiological curve, which could worsen plus the situation.
The death toll in the Community of Madrid has remained below 20 in recent days, with 16 new deaths reported this Saturday, but infections continue to rise, reaching 2,653 and although hospitalizations have slightly decreased healthcare pressure in ICU continues to grow.
La Rioja, Andalusia, Castilla y León and Valencia have reported slight increases in contagion cases compared to the previous day and Navarra, which is among the communities with the highest accumulated incidence, has added 222 new cases this Friday, a decrease compared to the previous day -293 infections-, although the figure continues to exceed two hundred daily cases.
This Saturday it has also been known that the Government of the Canary Islands will extend the screening to contain the transmission of SARS-COV-2 through diagnostic tests of active infection (PDIA) to passengers who enter the islands from the rest of the national territory, via air or sea.
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