The lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, diagnoses that although “comparatively” there are countries or autonomous communities with higher incidence rates of COVID-19, the situation in Euskadi is “extremely serious” and has ventured that the evolution will go “for the worse” in the next few days because all part of a Christmas more “uninhibited” than recommended. In this context, facing the meeting this Wednesday of the interterritorial council that sits the Ministry of Health with the regional councilors, Urkullu has slipped in the Cadena Ser that his proposal is to retouch the current state of alarm to advance the curfew to 20.00 hours. He has also proposed as desirable to reduce the maximum number of possible members from six to four in meetings in bars or on the street.
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Urkullu has done it in his own way, implying that a solution agreed with the neighboring areas will be better even if it is not the exact proposal that the Basque Country defends. Moreover, he has indicated that at Christmas they agreed to make more flexible measures than they wanted precisely to preserve that general agreement. In any case, the Lehendakari has insisted that he has already asked on several occasions to have more margin to limit night mobility than the section from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. He has also demanded to squeeze all options to avoid “total confinement.” These are the measures currently in force.
On the other hand, the Lehendakari has denied that there will be a favorable treatment for Bilbao in the event that, as it seems, in the coming days it enters a red alert due to high community transmission, that is, it has an incidence rate of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. That would mean the closure of the hotel industry, the confinement of municipal scope and restrictions on sports. At the moment, there are 32 smaller towns that are already in this situation.
As he explained, the next scheduled meeting of the health emergency crisis table (a body known as Labi, for its acronym in Euskara) is set on the agenda for January 27. In any case, the technical committee that advises him meets more frequently and Urkullu has guaranteed that if the data requires advance decision-making, this will be done.