February 25, 2021

Health, Catalonia and a Christmas cocktail

Where is the day going

Change in Health

Today I have it easy to start.

It is clear that except for surprise the theme of the day will be the relay in the Ministry of Health. Salvador Illa leaves the portfolio to be a candidate for the PSC in the Catalan elections. The person who sounds the most to succeed him is Carolina Darias, current Minister of Territorial Policy, who in turn would replace Miquel Iceta.

Opinions can be read today in all the media criticism of the movement, which occurs in the middle of the pandemic and with the vaccination campaign still maturing. But at the same time the CIS says that the ‘Illa effect’ can place the PSOE as the first force in Catalonia and, in fact, unlocking a parliament that has been entrenched since 2017.

It is a good example of how today has changed in a few months: until recently, all politics gravitated around Catalonia; Today, sacrificing a Minister of Health from a “constitutionalist” party because he has the potential to be president generates criticism about what the priorities should be.

The right has a dilemma with Illa’s candidacy, as Neus Tomás says. What will the PP or Vox do? Allow a possible government pact between independentistas in order to deny Illa support? Not offering an alternative to a possible PSC-ERC pact? And how would the Socialists react to an offer from the right? We will hear a lot of noise.


Christmas, good. We wrong.

It is January 26 and it has been a month since we started “Saving Christmas”, which we assume will be fine, there in the Olympus of the saved holidays, along with “Let’s save the summer of 2020” and waiting for “Let’s save the Holy Week”.


The Christmas cocktail. Infections today triple those registered at the doors of Christmas Eve: the accumulated incidence was 262 cases, while now it reaches 900. The health authorities have registered 767 new deaths on Monday, while last Monday there were 455. There is more data in this radiograph.

An expert’s vision. Virologist Christian Drosten, the main adviser to the German government during the pandemic, has given a interview in Der Spiegel and says something terrifying about the months we have left before completing the vaccination: “Once the elderly and perhaps part of the risk groups are vaccinated, there will be immense economic, social, political and legal pressure to end the measures. of the coronavirus. ICUs will fill up and many people will die. The difference is that they will be young ”.

Pharmaceuticals do their thing. The WHO launched a system eight months ago so that large laboratories that have received a huge injection of public money for Covid-19 research could share their knowledge there. Have you used it? They neither.

The rapid vaccination of Israel. From Israel Mikel Ayestarán tells on ABC that the high rate of vaccination is already noticeable. Cases in those over 60 years of age are falling. It’s interesting read also what is the price that may be paying for that efficiency.


That teleworking that you tell me about

How much controversy there is about curfews and confinements and how little we talk about teleworking. Today elDiario.es dedicates its cover to this matter and one of the workers interviewed says: “We cannot visit relatives, but we can live eight hours a day with 20 people at work.”

The pressure on companies to allow teleworking is not the same as in the first wave and the government says it can only make “recommendations”. On the other hand, in France and Portugal they are opting for compulsory telework whenever possible.

At elDiario.es we all continue teleworking, by the way. It takes a long time, but better this way.

More drastic measures. The last ones have been announced in Galicia, which has ordered the closure of all the hospitality industry, has blocked all its municipalities on the perimeter and prohibits visits at home. The Basque Country also closes the hotel business in a good part of its territory. The bars are going to have a hard time, although they are not the sector most punished.


Don’t let it pass you

In this section of the newsletter we will briefly review some stories that, although they do not necessarily have to do with the big issues of the day, you should not miss.

  • The trial of Cifuentes continues. The witness statement make it clear that there were steps between members of the government of the Community of Madrid and the University to help Cristina Cifuentes to cover up the scandal of the ‘Master’s Case’.
  • The limb of the bones . More than 1,000 immigrant kids are still waiting and without schooling in the Canary Islands, pending simple bone tests to determine if they are of legal age. They are not allowed to go to class until it is proven that they are telling the truth and that they are minors. “I’m 15. I told the police, but because of my height they didn’t believe me.”
  • Without Equality in Madrid. Madrid City Council eliminates the General Directorate of Equality. The argument is that the resources are needed for social services and, boy, could not go anywhere else. The area depended on Ciudadanos.
  • Do you live for rent? The landlord cannot raise your monthly payment until at least May. And if your apartment is owned by a large owner, perhaps you can save a fee. Look at the fine print.


Things i didn’t know

This final part will change every day, with sections that I hope will make you go to the end. Today plays ‘Things I did not know …’.

  • I did not know that in the Netherlands to get out of the car they open the door with the hand that is furthest from the door. A Dutchman told me the other day. They have the totally internalized gesture to force themselves to turn their body and see if a bike is coming before opening. They call it the ‘Dutch reach’. It is better understood with a video. Will we see it in Spain?
  • Did not know the story from the Lidl supermarket chain, and has several curious details, including the origin of the name. Here the account El País. Its owner, Dieter Schwarz, is the richest man in Germany and does not give interviews. Like Amancio Ortega.
  • And i didn’t know that the approval of ‘Prohibition’, the prohibition of alcohol in the US from 1920, hid an interesting clash of cultures between rural and urban America, between European immigrants and Puritans. I have learned it in this RNE podcast.

Well, so far, that to be the first day is not bad.

I hope you liked it and if not, then we have another chance tomorrow 😉

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