The president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, will use the powers delegated to the communities within the current state of alarm to lift the generalized curfew in Galicia as of November 9. It has been advanced by his councilor for Health, Julio García Comesaña, in an interview with The voice of Galicia, in which it indicates that the nocturnal restrictions will be maintained “where there is a concrete epidemiological situation, not in the whole community.” “It is difficult in a town hall with zero cases to convince people not to leave home,” he argues.
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The Central government established a mandatory curfew in all Spain except the Canary Islands, but left the continuity of the measure in the hands of the communities once it was passed on November 9. The Xunta advances since it will deactivate it, at least, in part of its territory. Comesaña points out that, if that date were today, it would “probably” remain in the municipalities that are currently closed perimeter.
At a time when several countries around Spain, such as France, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Portugal, have decided return to confinement of its citizens, the Galician Government resists a measure of these characteristics. “At the end of the measures there is this one and we have seen that it works, but we all escaped from putting it into operation,” the councilor replied in the interview. “We all think so. But if I have to say if I expect it in the coming weeks, I say no,” he adds and argues that the current situation of hospitals “allows us to have that horizon further.”
Comesaña does not clarify if there will be a closure similar to this weekend for the December bridge: “We will have to see it. I wish we could know.” Nor is it inclined to restrict the exits and entrances in Galician cities every weekend. This would occur “in a worse situation than the current one.” “What there may be are specific restrictions in specific areas,” he says.
No specificity in the numbers of trackers
The councilor continues to avoid giving the data of how many trackers there are in Galicia. “I am not going to change the speech,” he replies to a direct question on the subject. “We have a structure at the disposal of the very important pandemic. Primary care has been incorporated into tracking and monitoring. The preventive medicine services of hospitals, epidemiological alerts, the contact monitoring center …”, quote within of these resources. He objects that, if he gives a specific number, it will be compared with those of other territories and he does not know “what they do in another community.”
According to Comesaña, “the necessary professionals” work at the contact monitoring center. He assures that the figure has risen from the twenty that were in May. “It has grown … the number is variable. I’m not going to tell you”, ditch. He concedes that, with the increase in recent weeks, the staff is not enough and that, for this reason, it will be strengthened. Nor does it offer a specific figure: “Those that we see as necessary.”