The Interterritorial Council of the National Health System has approved the document that establishes thresholds of epidemiological and healthcare incidence for four COVID-19 risk scenarios and that provides for the state of alarm for the most extreme situations that require restricting mobility. As elDiario.es has learned, it has had the support of all the communities except the Community of Madrid and Euskadi, which have abstained while waiting for Health to outline the final document, which they usually send at night or in the morning following. Minister Salvador Illa will appear at 7:30 p.m. with the Minister of Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias, to explain these decisions.
The agreement finally does not specify the curfew measure, as read in the draft that elDiario.es had access to this Thursday, but it is a possibility within, in the extreme risk scenario, of “exceptional measures” to restrict mobility. The Ministry of Health is studying the different legal channels that may be necessary to implement it. All mobility restriction measures will be evaluated in each case and may include curfew, perimeter or home confinement, among others; and that they may require, as Minister Salvador Illa already warned, a state of alarm. Catalunya has asked the Ministry for a “legal report on the legal umbrella that can support the curfew”.
The Community of Madrid has also asked for more information on the legal coverage that would require a curfew, and has stated that the document “has not been sent to the Ministry of Health and therefore it has not been possible to study it. We do not oppose the alert document but we do not support it either because it is 4 months late, it should have been prepared when the state of alarm ended “, he reports Fatima Knight. In the Public Health Commission prior to the Interterritorial Council, which is technical, it has been approved unanimously, reports Alicia aviles. In the Interterritorial Council, all the councilors of the branch and the minister ratify it.
The agreement contemplates four risk scenarios: low, medium, high and extreme. Exceptional measures that require a state of alarm would be reserved for the “extreme” risk scenario. It is measured based, on the one hand, on epidemiological criteria: a cumulative incidence greater than 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, of 150 if the majority of those infected are older than 65 years; a positivity of 15%; and traceability less than 30%. On the other, care criteria: 25% occupancy of the ICU and 15% of conventional beds only by COVID-19 patients. To achieve this scenario, at least two of the epidemiological indicators and one health care indicator must be overcome. Health specifies that “it is important to emphasize that no single indicator is capable of giving a complete vision of the situation.” The other three levels – high, medium and low risk – have other thresholds, but the system is the same.