The Government admits that the current situation in Spain due to the second wave of the pandemic in Spain is “serious and exceptional” and with high levels of contagion “it puts stress on our health system again.”
This is recognized by the Executive in the preamble of the royal decree declaring the state of alarm to contain the spread of Covid-19 infections that the Council of Ministers approved this Sunday with extraordinary character.
In the text signed by the first vice president, Carmen Calvo, the Government justifies taking “urgent control measures that avoid any negative impact of this situation on health care for other pathologies other than Covid-19, preventing from the outset any risk of potential collapse of the healthcare system “.
He does so after reviewing that the latest numbers of infections of this coronavirus speak of 349 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, “well above the 60 cases per 100,000 inhabitants that marks the high-risk threshold according to the criteria of the European Center for the Prevention and control of diseases”.
Currently, according to the Government in the normative text, the average occupation in Spain of hospital beds for COVID-19 already exceeds 12%, with maximums above 20% in some autonomous communities. The average occupation of beds in Intensive Care Units is 22.48%, in some cases exceeding 60%.
For this reason, they consider that “in order to face this serious and exceptional situation, it is essential to proceed with the declaration of a state of alarm.”
The Government chaired by Pedro Sánchez understands that the measures of the royal decree are “essential to face the situation, are proportionate to its extreme gravity and do not imply the suspension of any fundamental right.”
On this occasion, the Executive leaves the adoption of the measures in the hands of the communities, except for these first fifteen days, which establishes the prohibition of driving between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., although regional executives may modulate between 10 p.m. and 6 p.m. 00:00 and the end time of said limitation is between 5:00 and 7:00.
In compliance with the Constitution, the Government decrees a state of alarm for 15 days with “an immediate, adjusted and proportional response”, within a framework of co-governance, but considers that “it must necessarily be superior” and “essential to extend this rule by a estimated period of six months “.