The lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has formally asked the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, to declare a state of alarm in the Basque Country in the face of the strong rise in coronavirus infections in recent days, more than 1,200 in the last 24 hours, and the impossibility for the measures proposed by the autonomous community to pass from recommendations by decision of the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country (TSJPV). The Basque Government, a coalition of PNV and PSE-EE, believes that it is time to “try to preserve the health of all citizens” and demands that the “command and management” of the exceptional regime be delegated to the regional Executive.
The Basque Country recommends confinement in 20 municipalities in Gipuzkoa and 5 in Bizkaia with a high incidence of COVID-19
According to sources from the Basque Presidency, Urkullu held a conversation with Sánchez this Friday in which he made him a participant in the bad numbers in Euskadi, the worst in contagion of the entire pandemic and the highest in terms of healthcare pressure from the second wave – another very strong peak has already been overcome in late August and early September. Some thirty municipalities with more than 300,000 inhabitants have rates of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, an average that exceeds all of Gipuzkoa. No indicator shows signs that the situation will subside in the short term.
Last Saturday, the Basque Country proposed limiting meetings to a maximum of six throughout the territory, but the Justice warned it that it could not do so with regional regulations without a state of alarm. In this context, it also decided to convert the confinement of 25 localities (20 in Gipuzkoa and 5 in Bizkaia) into critical infection rates as a recommendation. Refused since March to the state of alarm for its centralizing interpretation, Urkullu has finally found no other solution to adopt mandatory measures. From the Government they express the desire to act “as quickly and diligently as possible.”