The Government needs, as in the first extension of the state of alarm, the approval of Congress. The halt of productive activity s end after Easter

Pedro Snchez ask Congress to extend the state of alarm until April 26

The light is seen at the end of the coronavirus pandemic tunnel, but there is still a long way to go in the dark. It is the photograph that Pedro Snchez has exhibited during his appearance inMoncloato confirm that the alarm status lasts untilApril 26. But the Prime Minister has warned the Spanish to decree “successive states of alarm” beyond this date. The halt to productive activity imposed last week – only essential services could work – is to end after theEaster week.

“At the end of April it will not have finished everything”; “We are going to have successive states of alarm. It is a huge sacrifice, but it is necessary to defeat the virus,” was the warning issued by Pedro Snchez. Alarm states that will modulate depending on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but which will continue to pose restrictions and, according to what has been deduced from their words, will lead to the use of masks on a daily basis. “I announce that more days of alarm will come,” he said, looking beyond the extension until April 26, which will approve the nextMinister counciland whose endorsement will be asked to Congress.

Snchez has decided to extend the state of alarm inSpainevery 15 days, under the pretext of attending to the recommendations of theScientific Committeein the fight against the coronavirus, with whom he meets every Saturday. With this, it intends to modulate the measures, restrictions, to be imposed “depending on their effectiveness, on how much they have bowed to the infected curve and on the degree of compliance of the Spaniards.” In any case, the Prime Minister wanted to cool down possible public expectations of a speedy return to normality. You have started an awareness strategy: progress is made, but there is still a long way to go.

Productive activity recovers

Snchez speaks of “transition” and refers to a graphic job: “We will not leave home; we will walk down a corridor.” What is to be concluded on April 9, and will not be extended with the state of alarm, will be the stop of productive activity decreed by the Executive on March 15. That is, not only essential services will operate. “We extended the alarm status from 15 days ago, but not the extraordinary measure.”

The stop of non-essential activities “was necessary to contribute to the control of the epidemic according to the opinions of all the experts, but once the rubicon of Easter is over, the state of alarm will continue as it was without the exceptional measures”, Snchez has shelled.

Reissue the Pacts of La Moncloa

What remains unchanged, at least for the moment, is Snchez’s approach to extend the states of alarm and dictate the measures without agreeing it with the opposition parties. This Saturday, he telephoned the political leaders with the sole purpose of transferring this new extension until April 26. This way of acting has provoked complaints and criticism from the formations of Congress and also from the communities, for not consulting them. Snchez dismisses them, deepening the strategy of requesting ‘free support’ without addressing prior agreements, and calls for unity around his decisions.

“Our strength will come from the union, between employers and workers with social dialogue, between administrations, from the largest community to the smallest … We appeal to that unit and row in the same direction,” has been his presentation, with a direct message to the opposition. “That unity has to be given also in the political forces.” And for this, he has not hesitated to appeal to new onesPacts of La Moncloa, as it goes to redirect the country after the pandemic by Covid-19.

Thus, and despite the fact that Snchez and the leader of the opposition, Pablo Casado, have been without dialogue for more than 10 days, the Prime Minister wants to reissue theMoncloa Pactsfrom1997, which were a pillar on which to re-found the country in democracy during theTransition. “I think that unity to which I am appealing and which all institutions and governments exercise must also be transferred to public opinion, in the certainty that all parties are going to work on new Pacts in La Moncloa to relaunch our economy and the social fabric”.

Pedro Snchez and the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, wearing a mask during their visit to the respirator factory.JuanJo MartinEFE

Masks, “forced gear”

Snchez, who on Friday made an official visit to a company that manufactures respirators to care for the seriously ill with coronavirus, has certified the change in the government’s criteria regarding masks. From moving from the message that they were not necessary to considering them as a hygiene element to make confinement more flexible in the future. The president has shielded this turn in the observations in which a team made up of epidemiologists, technologists and professionals of the highest level from various disciplines has been working for 10 days. Its mission is to develop a plan to gradually resume economic and social activity.

“The plan that is being finalized and that will be adapted to the evolution of the pandemic, includes, first, logically individual and collective hygiene measures,” said Snchez, who recognized that the Government has been forced to make “efforts “to count onstockenough of masks and gels. “We are going to guarantee the supply of masks and gels, we are doing it by force.” The Government, as has happened with funeral services, will intervene in the sector to set prices and avoid speculation and an increase in prices, as is the case now.

PP and Cs support the extension; Abascal doesn’t pick up Snchez’s phone

The president of the PP, Pablo Casado, has transmitted to Pedro Snchez the support of his training for the containment measures against the coronavirus in favor of “loyalty and unity”, but he has therefore demanded that the president act “effectively” and transparency. ” “I have received a call from Pedro Snchez to inform me that I am requesting Congress to extend the Alarm State. I have once again transmitted to him the support of the PP for the containment measures against the coronavirus. Loyalty and unity require efficiency and transparency”, Married has indicated on social networks.

Harder has been the PP general secretary, Teodoro Garca Egea, who after listening to the intervention of the Prime Minister, has described the appearance of “To the president” and has denounced that citizens continue “without knowing what has happened to the respirators that They have stayed Turkey, nor where are the masks, nor the gloves, nor anything. “

Ins Arrimadas, for its part, has also expressed its support for the extension of the state of alarm and has asked Snchez to agree to the measures before announcing them. “If we agree on all the sanitary and economic measures, we will be more effective and stronger against Covid-19,” he stressed on social networks.

For his part, Santiago Abascal has ruled out talking to Snchez by telephone and has once again asked for his resignation for managing the coronavirus crisis. Abascal has sent Moncloa a text in which he gives 10 reasons why he has decided not to speak to him, including that the president has “unilaterally changed the conditions of the state of alarm” that Vox supported “to do it to the liking of what they ask for separatists and the extreme left “and that in his previous conversation Snchez conveyed” wrong or directly manipulated information “.

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