Illa Rules Out Raising The State Of Alarm In Madrid For Now As Required By The PP: "Cumulative Incidence Has To Go Down Much More"

The state of alarm will remain in force in Madrid capital and eight other municipalities for the moment. The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, said this Tuesday in an interview on Cadena SER that the state of alarm is still not going to be lifted, despite the requests of the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. “We will withdraw it as soon as we can, but we must see how the pandemic evolves in Madrid,” insisted the Minister of Health. This afternoon the Covid-19 group meets to analyze the situation in the region.

“The accumulated incidence has to go down much more”, the minister has assured, “not below 500, but below 200 at least.” The ideal situation, Illa said, would be for the cumulative incidence to be “below 100 or around 100”. “This is the perspective that we want to discuss with them,” he explained.

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The head of Health has also reported that they will appeal the decision of the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid that overthrew the perimeter closure of Madrid and nine other cities. “There have been other higher courts that have endorsed these measures, without going any further, the Supreme Court barely a week ago had endorsed confinements of a significant number of people. But given the immediacy of the bridge, we decided to adopt a very simple alarm decree that provided coverage legal “, has indicated.

Illa has defended the intervention of the Government at the request of the regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, for more time to make decisions. “We all want more time, but we must act,” Illa argued, while pointing out that there are other communities with “worrying situations”, although not at the Madrid level, that are acting “very quickly.”

“In Navarra it is true that there is a very high cumulative incidence, but 70% of the cases are traceable. That is, we know why it has been infected, where it has been infected and this allows us to act much more surgically. We must always make a joint assessment of the data ”, Minister Illa has compared. The data of the provincial community have worsened in recent days and on Sunday new measures were announced, although its president, María Chivite, rejected for the moment the request for a state of alarm.

“We will have to start doing a special communicative action and if not take other measures,” the minister said about the outbreaks that are occurring in senior schools or parties among young people. “What we are seeing is that where you feel more comfortable with your loved ones is where you tend to lower the measures, more in the young population than one feels young and healthy,” he indicated.

Asked about the situation that is expected for the Christmas meetings, the minister has asked for prudence in the face of the “unstable context” of the pandemic but has recognized that if the decision had to be taken today there would be “important restriction measures” with small groups and stable partners.

Towards the end of the interview, the minister has also called for people who are in risk groups to get vaccinated against the flu. “The flu is a situation that normally stresses hospital systems.” This year the start of vaccinations has been advanced and extra doses have been purchased to avoid the consequences of both viruses and because people, by confusing their signals, could collapse the diagnostic systems.

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