The fourth vice-president of the Government and in charge of coordinating the de-escalation of the measures against the coronavirus, Teresa Ribera, has defended this Sunday that the state of alarm is the instrument that the Constitution offers for a crisis like that of Covid-19, so she has called whoever does not want to extend it to propose alternatives to this mechanism or even a reform of the Constitution. “Whoever does not like it, propose another” alternative, he has come to say.
“Or that he says that it is not a national, global crisis, but rather a local one, and assumes the cost of what he is proposing. Truly, we (the Government) have not seen anything else,” he assured in an interview in La Sexta. , collected by Europa Press.
This has been stated when asked whether or not the Government has a plan B to apply de-escalation in the event that Congress does not approve the extension of the state of alarm: “The important thing is to ask what are the plans B of those who are they do not like Plan A, “he replied, adding that” it is not understood why people say no to everything but they do not propose an alternative to that no. “
GREAT IRRESPONSIBILITY THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW INSTEAD OF THE ALARM
Ribera explained that the Public Health Law allows taking exceptional measures and restricting rights to stop a local health crisis, but not a national one, much less a global one. Thus, he opined that someone may think that “fractional management” is sufficient in the face of a crisis like this, but the government believes that it would be “a great irresponsibility”.
Ribera has defended that de-escalation is the “indispensable complement” to the effective management of the crisis, and therefore that “strong competition from the State” activated “in an exceptional way” is still necessary.
It is, he said, to have a “control capacity, monitoring” throughout the national territory to “ensure that there are no new outbreaks” as a result of mobility between provinces or autonomous communities.
“To think that from Galicia you can manage or react to a potential regrowth in Malaga is a bit striking,” he continued. He has also defended that the declaration of alarm is common in other European countries, stressing that Germany approved an emergency law on March 27 to enable the federal government, which in France the state of alarm is in force until July 24 and in Italy It was approved on January 31 for six months.
On the other hand, in the face of criticism from PP and other parties about the short time they have to prepare the shops that can open tomorrow – the BOE with the specific instructions has been published this afternoon -, he said that “obviously everything can be improved “but that the Government tries to reinforce all possible communication channels.
In addition, he pointed out that the Ministry of Commerce has been working on the issue with employers and unions for some time and, in any case, trusts that the situation will improve over the days. All in all, he acknowledged that it has been possible to do “not as agile or as quickly as desired”.
I DIDN’T PRETEND TO HAVE LACK OF EMPATHY: “I WAS CONCERNED”
In addition, she admitted that she was “a little worried” about the feeling of little “empathy” with the hoteliers when she stated that they did not have to reopen their establishments if they were not comfortable. “Nothing further,” he assured.
In recent days, the Government has decided to increase to 50 percent the capacity that will be allowed on the terraces in phase 1 of the de-escalation and Ribera stressed that the “message from the employers” has been “heard and that dialogue will continue to be key .
In this sense, he pointed out that the de-escalation plan has “guiding measures” that must subsequently be graduated in each of the ministerial orders and that it will be necessary to see how it is possible to “accompany” the small merchants and owners who are resuming activity. .
“It is obvious that if things do not quite work they can wait for another time when the opening conditions are more favorable, but it is important that we have dialogue,” he added. In fact, he has recognized that there will still be circumstances that will not be easy for many people, and that is why he pointed out that you have to think about how you can help, even knowing that “there is no magic wand.”