After months of attacks To the centralized management of the pandemic by the Government, the leader of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, now considers that a “single command” is necessary to deal with the outbreaks. At the same time, however, it maintains its rejection that, in the case of an uncontrolled second wave of the coronavirus, a new state of alarm can be decreed, despite the fact that this constitutional tool was precisely what allowed the administration The central office assumed “sole command” in health and citizen security matters between March and June.
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In successive votes in the Congress of Deputies, the PP approved the first three extensions of the state of alarm requested by the Government, abstained in the fourth and voted ‘no’ to the fifth and sixth, accusing the Executive of want to establish a “constitutional dictatorship”. Now Casado tries to be consistent with that last rejection by proposing to open a process of legislative reforms in the middle of August to include aspects that are already included in the regulations that regulate the alarm, such as the limitation of mobility in certain territories or confinement.
Addressing the Government of Pedro Sánchez, the PP leader assured this Monday in an act in which questions from the press were not allowed –which was not included in Casado’s agenda and which the PP warned an hour before–, that “there is an intermediate point between the state of alarm and washing hands” . This last attitude of “passivity” is what in the opinion of the popular president has led the Executive to find himself “overwhelmed” by the multiplication of positive cases of coronavirus.
Casado’s alternative has been dubbed a “legal plan B” that contemplates the reform of two organic laws. The PP leader proposes to urgently modify – in “15 or 20 days”, but, in any case, from the month of August that begins next Saturday – the Organic Law on Special Measures in Public Health in 1986 , which according to Casado can limit fundamental rights without resorting to a state of alarm.
The reforms proposed by the PP
The PP’s proposal involves reforming article 3 of that norm to “include the carrying out of preventive actions in general matters and adopt the possibility of quarantine, application of other sanitary measures for suspected persons, and submission, isolation and treatment when so proceed, and the location of those who have been in contact with suspected or affected persons. ”
In addition, it proposes to address the limitation of movement in these areas and the entrances and exits, measures that will be taken “in accordance with the principles of necessity, suitability and proportionality”. The PP proposal does not address, in any case, the limitation of movements between autonomous communities, a faculty that, according to constitutional expertsIt could only be done through the approval of a new alarm state.
The other legislation that proposes to reform Married is the Organic Law of Administrative Contentious Jurisdiction of 1998, for when the “forced confinement in a home” or the “forced hospitalization of a patient” is decided. With this reform the PP wants to make it clear that when it is an autonomous community or the Government of the nation those who limit rights can go to the corresponding Court of Justice or the Supreme Court.
“I would not find any reason for the PSOE not to sit down with us today to process this bill urgently,” said Casado, who is also proposing to reform seven laws to provide the Ministry of Health with more instruments “to detect pandemics, the coordination of alerts and the provision of resources. ”
A Government that “does not tell the truth”
In the line of the last months of constant criticism of the Government, Casado asked Sánchez “more humility, less applause and self-congratulation and stop saying that everything has been done well.” “Citizens cannot trust a government that does not tell the truth or in the death toll in the country that has the most affected by every 100,000 inhabitants,” the leader of the popular group stressed.
The PP leadership He has been asking in writing for all his charges for months to reproach the Government the numbers of those killed during the pandemic, or urging them to say that the Executive “lies” in its management of the health crisis. In all the arguments – slogans that parties usually send practically daily to mark the discourse line of the day – sent by the leadership of Pablo Casado to party leaders between May and June, it was thus demanded to repeat the idea that the Executive ” hides “the actual number of deceased.
According to figures updated this SundaySince the epidemic was declared, 28,432 people have died in Spain from coronaviruses. From Healthcare it has always been made clear that these data only include people who had a positive analytical test for COVID-19.
The Government also recalls that the Mortality Monitoring System (MoMo) of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), reported 43,360 deaths as of May 22 in the whole country -the INE estimate reaches 48,000-, an excess that, they explain, may be due to the virus, although it cannot be taken for granted since it contemplates all deaths, including those for which it was not carried out testing for the coronavirus and for any other reason such as accidents, suicides, or other illnesses.
The PP insists, in any case, on emphasizing that the Government “lies”. “This is not a criticism, it is a chronicle, and we say it as opposition so that it does not happen to us again,” stressed Casado this Monday.