The harsh climate that was experienced this Wednesday in the Congress of Deputies has been transferred as every Thursday to the Madrid Assembly. In the Chamber of Vallecas it is nothing new. The tension in Madrid politics is a constant and today it could not be less. The state of alarm has refocused the parliamentary debate. The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, continues in her escalation against the Government’s measure and redoubled the accusations. If this Tuesday he assured that the Executive of Pedro Sánchez has “kidnapped” the people of Madrid, this Thursday he defended that the state of alarm was imposed “at gunpoint.” In opposition, the falsified data offered by the Community of Madrid on infections have focused control on the regional Executive.
Madrid omits thousands of cases to falsify the real number of infections
“The only option that the Government offered us was to impose measures that were not consensual, nor measures, nor explained under technical criteria. The only option that the Government of Spain gave me was either to close the city of Madrid, when I am not willing. I agree to do it in a perimeter way, or to do it the Government, and also at gunpoint, “the leader of the PP responded to the PSOE spokesman in the Madrid Assembly, Ángel Gabilondo. Pata Ayuso, the closure of bars and restaurants, as the Generalitat has decreed, is “a failure” and should not be celebrated “as progress”.
The Madrid president has argued that the Executive of the PSOE and United We can live “by dividing” both the center-right and its government. “They are not going to stop until the entire state is under their command,” Ayuso said. The vice president of the regional government assured first thing in the morning that in Madrid the accumulated incidence must be lowered to 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Precisely the use of the data has focused the reproaches of the opposition to the president. elDiario.es published this Wednesday that the Community of Madrid communicates every day a number of new infections that is considerably less than that certified after a few days. That is to say, it incorporates for weeks cases that correspond to previous dates as it learns the results of the diagnostic tests. This dynamic means that the most recent cumulative incidence is systematically underestimated with respect to what is the real situation of infections in a given place. And that, as the days go by, it becomes known how things really were on that specific date: because a good part of the new COVID-19 patients were unknown at that time, but they were there, the only thing missing was for the results to arrive of the tests and will be incorporated into the total.
Gabilondo has emphasized this point. “The first thing to do is to contrast the data from both the PCR and antigen tests and clarify the numerous doubts regarding the Madrid figures,” the PSOE spokesman began his intervention. Gabilondo also pointed out that “the percentage of positivity is very high in PCRs (18%), also in antigens (15%), in which, by the way, according to their own data, we are also in high rates of positivity and are performed in total fewer tests “. “The data must be contrasted avoiding delays in notification and delays in registration,” insisted the opposition leader.
It has not been the only one. The Vox spokeswoman, Rocío Monasterio, also questioned the Madrid data and regretted that so many months of the pandemic have not meant that the data is reported clearly and real. Monastery has snapped at the regional president to “contribute or leave” and has indicated that it has the suspicion that “they wanted to be intervened” by the central government so as not to make decisions.