The opposition has charged this Thursday against thegovernmentby desor the international recommendations to face the pandemic of thecoronavirusand to collect sanitary and protection material.
Both the PP spokeswoman,Cuca Gamarra, such asVox,Juan Luis Steegman, have asked the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, for the information that EL MUNDO has released today, which has revealed that the Executive did not pay attention to theWorld Health Organization(WHO), nor to theEuropean Union. Both institutions alertedSpainand several countries that there was going to be a shortage of sanitary material and they were asked to collect it.
Illa has denied that she ignored the WHO and the EU in February and March during her appearance at theHealth Commission. On the contrary, he explained that he has always followed his instructions and that he can make available to the spokesmen of the PP and Vox the public demonstrations of those responsible for the WHO and theEuropean Center for Disease Preventionthat they have recognized it.
The spokesperson for the ‘popular’ formation, Cuca Gamarra, has regretted that the Government did not respond to the requests cited and has denounced that “the consequences are now direct: with less protection, greater contagion and greater weakness of the system.” On the contrary, having taken these measures would have allowed “slow down the contagions”. “These unforeseen events will have to be followed by the assumption of responsibilities at the time,” he warned the minister.
“They continue behind and arrive late to the management of the virus in health, socially and economically,” he snapped.
The Deputy Secretary General for Social Policy of the PP has accused the minister of using the current state of alarm as a “carte blanche” to make decisions without counting on the social and economic agents, nor on the opposition. The deputy has rejected, for example, changed an economic system that worked and created employment and has treated with “incompetence” the unification of purchases. “They have exceeded themselves,” he declared, before urging “to recover the function of Parliament” so that it continues to work and control the government.
The PP spokeswoman has regretted that Pedro Snchez’s team is “behind the virus” and “late” to the measures recommended by the WHO. In his opinion, the first preventive actions should have been taken in late February and early March. Gamarra has asked the minister to advance the Executive’s intentions now that, according to Illa himself, Spain is in a situation of slowdown. “You cannot be improvising, the Spaniards have the right to know the truth,” he pointed out.
Vox Health spokesman, Juan Luis Steegman, has also denounced that Spain did not respond to international requests to obtain material. In his opinion, the Government of Spain “has not been a shield against the virus”, but “a drain” that has allowed the coronavirus to enter and spread in the country.
The Minister of Health has responded to both that thegovernmenthas followed “at all times” the directions of both the WHO and the EU. He has even ensured that in the confinement measures,Spainit has preceded the recommendations of these two institutions.
However, Illa did not want to go into the background of the information in this newspaper in her two replies. It has only stated that the Government “acted as soon as it had the necessary information and technical evidence” to adopt the measures that were taken.
Illa recalled that the Executive agreed with the autonomous communities to start applying distancing measures on March 9 and that the schools were closed in several autonomous communities on Wednesday the 11th, including the Community of Madrid. However, he explained, the European Center for Disease Prevention did not recommend it until Thursday 12. Two days after that recommendation, he has continued to report, the Government approved the state of alarm.
The Minister of Health has assured that it is not true that the Government has not followed international recommendations. And he has blurted out to the Vox spokesman that “it is enough to look at what is happening in the world“, with an exponential increase in cases in a large part of the planet to warn that “this nobody expected.”
As EL MUNDO reported this Wednesday, the Government did not heed the calls of these two organizations to collect medical supplies in the first moments of the expansion of the coronavirus. The Executive did not consider then doing it because there was already “enough supply”, as Illa said in his day.
The PP spokesperson, the Vox spokesperson, but also those of Ciudadanos and even the PNV and several members of the Executive have accused the Government of acting “unilaterally” and without counting at all the rest of the political groups.
Almost all the opposition has denounced that the Government is ignoring the initiatives proposed by the rest of the parties, even accusing the Executive of acting in a “unilateral” manner in managing the health crisis caused by the coronavirus. These formations have asked for dialogue from the Executive and an effort of consensus not only with the parties, but also with the country’s social and economic agents.
PNV spokeswoman Josune Gorospe has accused the Executive of “turning a deaf ear” in this matter and of not having the rest of the political leaders before announcing their actions. In fact, he has assured that his party learned of the state of alarm “on television.” The nationalist spokesperson has also denounced that there are up to 11 actions in these measures that “curtail” the powers of the Basque Government.
“We are reaching the peak of the curve”
The head of theMinistry of HealthIt has affirmed this Thursday, in view of the latest data, that “we are beginning to reach the peak of the curve” of infections of the coronavirus, despite the fact that the figures continue to skyrocket. Illa stressed that we have reached “the slowdown” because the number of new infections, ICU admissions and deaths “has stabilized.”
Illa has admitted that “difficult weeks remain for the health system,” but that there is a decline in new entrants, which is giving, he says, some relief to the most collapsed communities.
The Minister of Health has defended the economic closure decided last weekend that affects non-essential activities. This action will be “effective”, he said, although “not immediately”. The results of the decrease in mobility to the levels of a weekend will be seen “in the coming days” with a progressive “slowdown in infections”. And it has advanced that “we must make an effort more”, implying that the toughest measures may be extended beyond theEaster week, when to end the approved extension of the alarm state.
Despite the fact that Spain has exceeded 110,000 infected, it is the second country ofEuropein affected, and the 10,000 deaths, Illa has valued the slowdown in the growth of infections, ICU admissions and deaths caused by the disease. A week ago, new cases grew at a rate of 18% daily; today we are at 8%.
Likewise, he celebrated that the increase in income in the ICU has been reduced, which is set at 4% this Thursday, compared to 16% seven days ago. In the same way, he highlighted that the increase in the number of deaths is now 10.5%, compared to 19% that was experienced last week. Lastly, he pointed out that there are 18% more cures per day, five points more than seven days ago.
“There is no good data with so many deaths, but the curve has stabilized. We have reached the first objective of reaching the peak of the curve, we are starting the slowdown phase,” said the minister, who has pointed out, however, that for to accelerate the descent of the curve it is necessary to make “one more effort”. “There are still hard weeks but we are all achieving it,” he argued.
The minister has defended that the Government is focused on “saving human lives” and has also claimed that the measures put in place “are sincerely working”, reaching out to the rest of the political forces to work on the solution to the health, economic crisis And social.
Illa has insisted that the “dynamics” of the epidemic force the sanitary collapse to continue and worsen in the coming days and weeks. “The need for ICU beds lags behind the reporting date of cases. Even observing a decrease in the number of new admissions, long stays in the ICU produce accumulation of patients, so there are still difficult days for our health system, “he warned.
Despite this situation, he has defended that the health system “is and is up to” this challenge. “We are responding with strength, generosity and solidarity,” he claimed, highlighting the “enormous response capacity” of the system. Lastly, the minister has affirmed that “health goes before the economy“, because “without health there is no economy“, in relation to the restrictive measures put in place under the state of alarm to alleviate the consequences of the coronavirus. “There is light at the end of the tunnel, we will return to normal,” he concluded.
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