Pedro Sánchez rules out taking concrete measures from the Government to face the increase in coronavirus infections that has occurred coinciding with the relaxation of restrictions, especially those of nightlife. The president considers that the communities currently have the necessary tools to face the final stretch of the pandemic and refuses to go further with others such as the curfew, which has claimed the Junta de Castilla y León, and that would require decreeing the state of alarm again, a scenario that the Government already left behind in May thinking about the economic reactivation.
Castilla y León proposes to the Government to recover the curfew from 1.00 to 6.00 to stop contagion
The president, who appeared alongside his Estonian counterpart, Kaja Kallas, explained that the "decentralized health system" is "in the hands of the communities" and that, therefore, the Government has to "share the decisions with them." . "In the inter-territorial council, depending on the evolution, there are a series of answers that the communities can give. It is not necessary to approve anything more than what is agreed between the Ministry of Health and the communities," he responded to journalists. Some communities have begun to counteract the rise with measures to the hospitality and nightlife sector and with more screening, as for example Asturias has done. Catalonia, for its part, has closed nightlife again.
The Secretary of State for Communication has subsequently explained that in the meeting of the Public Health Commission that took place this Tuesday afternoon and in which all the autonomous communities are represented, "the Ministry of Health has not proposed any measure related to the closure of nightlife venues or the valuation of the curfew ". "In this meeting, the general directors of Public Health are exchanging information on the current epidemiological situation in each of their territories and the measures that are being implemented in each of them. In addition to the meeting, the Public Health Commission has been informed that It took place yesterday at the Alert Presentation, made up of technical experts from all the autonomous communities, in which the recommendations contained in the documents of 'Coordinated response actions to control the transmission of Covid-19' were reviewed to try to stop the advance of the accumulated incidence, "Moncloa said in a statement sent to the media.
Given the increase in the accumulated incidence, which has doubled in less than two weeks, Sánchez has insisted that "the important thing is to continue with this vaccination process", which he recalled that he is carrying out averages of administration of doses higher than 400,000 daily and that have broken records of more than 700,000. "It shows the extraordinary health system that we have in our country," said the president, who has praised the work of health workers as well as the "Spanish citizens" who "want to be vaccinated" and have "no resistance" to doing so. Sánchez recalled that 70% of the population will be immunized in August. "That is our goal and we are going to achieve it."
However, he has taken the opportunity to ask the "younger population", which is the sector in which it has been fired cumulative incidence. "Let's not lower our guard," he has asked, although he has acknowledged that he understands the conditions of "fatigue" now that summer begins. "They can hurt themselves. They can make older generations who are more vulnerable sick," he said.
Sánchez began a tour of the Baltic countries this Tuesday that will take him to Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania), as well as Tallinn (Estonia), where he has spoken these words, and the cumulative incidence is much lower than in Spain. In fact, masks are not seen since their use is not mandatory neither in outdoor spaces nor in closed places.
The president took advantage of his presence in Tallinn to thank the country for the help it provided to Spain at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by sending protection and fighting material against the virus. "Estonia was one of the countries that helped us, I want to thank this exercise of solidarity," said Sánchez, who also thanked the position defended by the Baltic country in the European Council debate in which the Next Generation European funds were approved. .
Both leaders have exposed their "affinities" in other matters at a time when the centenary of diplomatic relations is being commemorated. Thus, Sánchez has appreciated that in the European debates there are "empathic" countries, such as Estonia, in matters related to the southern neighborhood of the EU, in reference to Morocco as well as the troops that the country has in the Sahel. The president recalled that Spain has troops in the Baltic area - in fact, this Wednesday and Thursday it will visit them in Latvia and Lithuania, respectively. The Estonian Prime Minister has lamented that "migration is being used more and more as a political weapon" at a time when, in addition to the crisis with the Alawite kingdom, the EU denounces that Belarus "instrumentalizes" irregular migration as a form of pressure . That is why Kallas has called for the support of the eastern association.
At a time when the area's relationship with Russia has been strained and European leaders rejected Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron's proposal to now open a dialogue with Vladimir Putin, Sánchez has opted for "unanimous" responses from the twenty-seven in that regard. "The last time we had a debate with all the leaders about Russia, it was very open and we all agreed that Russia is a great threat, aggressive. I wonder what has happened now, where does this proposal come from," said the Estonian prime minister. after that discussion.
"The European Commission and the High Representative, who is Spanish [ha dicho en referencia a Josep Borrell] they have proposed to be forceful in the response and resilient to any attack on human rights by Russia, "said Sánchez.