May 14, 2021

The incidence falls 10 points to 213 cases and Health notifies 4,515 new infections after an adjustment in the data for Catalonia



The Ministry of Health has notified this Tuesday an incidence of 213.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. A drop of almost 10 points compared to Monday, when the slight decline recorded during the last days of last week continued.

The Ministry of Health has also notified 4,515 new infections in the last 24 hours, a number that cannot be compared with that of yesterday, Monday, when the weekend infections were added, but with the data of Friday, when the health authorities reported 9,135 new cases. In addition, 1,837 duplicate cases in Catalonia have been eliminated from the total, which had been generated due to a technical error in the data upload on April 23.

This Tuesday, 106 new deaths reported in the last day were added, which brings to 78,399 the total death toll since the start of the pandemic, more than a year ago.

By autonomous communities, the ones with the most new cases reported are Castilla y León, with 1,590; Andalusia, which incorporates 1,008; Catalonia has 904; and Madrid adds 778 to the total balance. In terms of incidence, the Basque Country is at the fore, with 491 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; Madrid, with 343; and Navarra with 327.

The Government has decided that the state of alarm will subside on May 9, but the communities will have a legal mechanism to try to avoid the disparity of judicial decisions regarding the restrictions they will take from now on. The Council of Ministers approved on Tuesday a decree law to extend various measures of the so-called social shield, but it also incorporates a novelty in the field of contentious-administrative order: it will allow the autonomies to appeal in cassation before the Supreme Court the orders of the courts superiors of justice in the event that they knock down restrictions to face the pandemic, such as the curfew or perimeter closures. This is something that until now they could not do. In this way, the High Court will have the last word and will be able to dictate jurisprudence.

From next day 9, the communities will need judicial endorsement to impose certain restrictions that until now were protected by the state of alarm, and sometimes the criteria that the courts have are disparate, so that the situation may arise that they authorize a measure in a territory, but not in another. This happened already in summer in some cases. That is why there are regional executives who have pressured the Government in recent weeks to extend the state of alarm, including those of Euskadi, Galicia or Castilla y León. The Executive, however, has remained in its decision and has insisted that there are “sufficient tools” to deal with the virus without the need for an exceptional declaration, said the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, yesterday.

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