The number of cases of coronavirus in Spain is already above 600 and the number of fatalities rises to 17, after the death of three people in the Community of Madrid, three in the Basque Country and one in Aragon .
The deceased in Madrid in the last hours have been three men of 73, 77 and 88 years; those of the Basque Country three women of 92, 88 and 87 years; and that of Aragon has been an 85 year old patient who was admitted to the Lozano Blesa University Clinical Hospital of Zaragoza.
After the meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the evolution of the coronavirus, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, said that “Spain is still in the containment phase” of the disease and stressed that the increase in daily cases is “expected.” Specifically, the director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, explained that there is an increase of 20% daily in cases and has indicated that “there is no uncontrolled situation” of the disease in Spain. The data provided by Simon at 11.00 were a total of 589 cases of coronavirus in Spain and in all the autonomous communities. Only no cases have been registered in Ceuta or Melilla. Madrid continues to lead the ranking of coronavirus cases with 202 cases, followed by the Basque Country (102), La Rioja (55), Catalonia (49), Valencian Community (37), Andalusia (35), Castilla y León (22), Canary Islands (17), Castilla-La Mancha (15), Aragón (13), Cantabria (12), Baleares (8), Extremadura (6), Galicia (5), Navarra (3) and Murcia (1), according to data provided by Health. However, after the intervention of the Minister of Health and the director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, the different autonomous communities have been updating their data with the new registered cases, with which the global number of infections in Spain exceeds and at 600.
CONTINUE PHASE CONTINUE
In the press conference after the coronavirus follow-up meeting, Illa explained that, although there is an “increase in cases”, the focus of their activities “has to be containment” and stressed that they are “concentrating efforts” In three areas Madrid, the Basque Country and La Rioja, where 60% of cases are registered. “We are still in the containment phase with a daily monitoring of how the situation evolves to adapt the measures,” he said.
MADRID, BASQUE COUNTRY AND LA RIOJA
During his speech, the director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies explained that in La Rioja a total of 55 positive cases for coronavirus have been registered so far. “In La Rioja there is only one focus and all cases in principle are associated with that focus, in Haro, where the focus is limited to a very specific group that is already a priori under control”, said Simon. In addition to La Rioja, the other two autonomous communities that have registered more positive cases of coronavirus are the Community of Madrid, with 202 cases; and the Basque Country, with 102 cases.
In the case of Madrid, where there are several points in the community affected, the increase in cases in the last 24 hours “has focused on Valdemoro.” “The rest of the Community of Madrid has not had a significant increase in cases and the majority are associated with already known cases ”, Simon said.
In this sense, He stressed that the focus of Valdemoro is affecting a “very specific” population group, which is a fragile population group and that “in principle is very well identified.” In addition, he has stated that in Torrejón “it doesn’t seem to be an important active focus right now”
As for the situation in the Basque Country, the expert has indicated that the problem is not so much related to the number of cases (102), that it is a “relatively important” number, but that There have been outbreaks associated with health workers, “which has generated added stress.” “In the Basque Country and Madrid there is risk, but research indicates that those transmissions in the last days have not increased and the cases are from previous known cases. ”, Simón stressed, while adding that the entry of new cases “can come from anywhere”, so they have to have “a lot of contact control.”
SÁNCHEZ WILL PRESIDE THE HEALTH MEETING MORNING
Among the measures taken, the minister stressed that the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, will preside tomorrow the Health Monitoring Commission “to know first-hand the evolution of the virus”; that an interministerial meeting will be held on Wednesday, which “in principle” will be held weekly; and that on Mondays and Thursdays the Interterritorial Commission of the National Health System will meet, through videoconference “to update the information and share the data”.
For the person in charge of Health, the coordination of the Ministry with the autonomous communities is “essential” because “it is good to have a stable framework for sharing the situation”. “In Spain, for the moment, we have enough staff and resources to deal with the situations that arise,” he said. Likewise, Illa has emphasized on basing the decisions that are taken on the scientific evidence; make a “coordination exercise” with the autonomous communities and European and international partners; report “with transparency”; and do a “daily follow-up”. On the situation in Italy, where the entry and exit of Lombardy and other 14 regions has been banned, Illa has stressed that he has taken a “very drastic measure” to avoid contagion.
“I have full confidence that they have taken the right steps,” he said. In this context, The Minister of Health has indicated that he has spoken by telephone with his Italian counterpart to convey a “message of recognition of the effort they are making and of support for the measures they are taking” to stop the spread of the virus in Europe. “The problem of a country is everyone’s problem,” he said.
On the other hand, in reference to the possibility of suspending massive events such as Holy Week or FallasSimón explained that one of the concerns is the possibility of massive entry of people from risk areas, but that the measure taken in Italy “drastically reduces that risk”. “We keep in touch with the Valencian Community to see if it is necessary to take any specific action”, said Simon, who stressed that “Avoiding an unclosed mass event, for example, the meters, makes little sense.” Therefore, he has argued that they have to be “very careful” when it comes to taking action and that “it would not be logical to take them for pressures that can be received in the face of certain perceptions.” “We have to always be in a proper position, consulting with the experts,” he concluded.