Navarra will not relax prevention measures to contain COVID-19 at the end of the year given the epidemiological evolution of recent days. In this way, the perimeter closure of the provincial community will not be lifted, family gatherings in homes will be for a maximum of six people from two coexistence units and the curfew will remain at 23.00 on New Year’s Eve.
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This hardening of the initially planned measures will be reflected in a Foral Decree of the President which will be published this Monday in the Official Gazette of Navarra. For its part, the regulations regarding capacity and limitations in sectors such as hospitality, commerce, shows, residences or sports will remain, for the moment, unchanged, reports Europa Press.
The Department of Health has detected an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in recent days and, “what is more worrying, a clear and evident upward trend.” Thus, the accumulated incidence in 14 days touched the ground on December 11 with 179 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which were already 190 on December 24 and that today, Saturday, December 26, is around 200 cases, has indicated in a statement the Regional government.
In the same way, the index of positivity of the diagnostic tests has gone from being 3.3% on December 22, to being 5.3% on the 24th and 7.1% yesterday the 25th. , the basic reproductive index (Rt), which indicates the number of new cases caused by an infected person, has risen from 0.67 in the middle of the month to 0.92 registered on December 23.
This worsening of the epidemiological indicators has led the Government of Navarra, at the proposal of health officials, to suppress the exceptions planned for the end of the year in order to prevent “as much as possible” infections and “anticipate a new pandemic wave the return of Christmas “.
A third wave, according to the Department of Health, could have “important effects in terms of human lives, impact on the health system and attention to other needs and pathologies, and consequences on the economy and social life.” “Without forgetting that a worsening of the situation in Navarra would also mean closing businesses again, reducing capacity and returning to overcome restrictions”, he stressed.