The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, announced this Wednesday that in Spain a total of 224 outbreaks have been counted and remain active, with 2,622 associated cases. There are 23 more outbreaks than those registered on Monday and have associated 333 more cases than 48 hours ago.
The Health Minister has communicated these data during the control session to the Government in the Congress of Deputies held this morning. To questions from the deputy of the Popular Party Cuca Gamarra, Illa has insisted that the outbreaks are “in the control phase”. A phase in which “what matters is the early detection of cases and surveillance and forceful action when they are detected.” The Government, has said, “is applying the provisions of the early response plan, agreed with the Autonomous Communities.”
Illa has highlighted the “prominent role of the Autonomous Communities” in the management of the outbreaks and has stressed the “constant dialogue and collaboration” of the Government, “monitoring their work and supporting everything” they request. Already this Monday the minister showed the Executive’s support for the measures of the different autonomous governments, while he asked “to give us a few days to see the evolution of the epidemic after these measures.”
The Minister of Health wanted to send a reassuring message to Congress, assuring that the authorities already knew that “outbreaks are experienced everywhere the pandemic is controlled.” “You should not be afraid of the virus, but you must not lose respect for it,” said Illa, who has once again insisted that the places to which these outbreaks are associated are, mainly, the countryside and parties and family gatherings. . Outbreaks are considered to be episodes in which three or more confirmed people related to each other are detected.
Two days ago, Illa acknowledged concern about the outbreaks in Catalonia and Aragon. These two communities are, by far, the ones that have diagnosed the most cases in the last seven days. Catalonia has communicated to Health 3,961 positives in the last week and Aragon, 1,761. In all of Spain this figure reaches 8,754, according to the balance provided this Tuesday by the health authorities.