Tuesday, November 24

Asturias decrees the closure of bars and limits mobility

A police vehicle, among the crowded terraces in the center of Oviedo.

A police vehicle, among the crowded terraces in the center of Oviedo.
M. López

Home confinement is not possible if a reform of the current state of alarm is not approved and the cases of coronavirus do not stop increasing (the Principality scored twice a record last week). With these premises, the Covid-19 monitoring committee meeting this Monday plans to approve several draft measures to avoid social interactions and mobility between Asturian councils. One of these measures that has already been decided would be, as it advanced ‘The New Spain ‘, the total closure of the hospitality industry to be announced by the President of the Principality Adrián Barbón.

The President of the Principality, Adrián Barbón, affirmed this Sunday that “We have to be aware that the situation is critical. All the possibilities and options are being analyzed, although it is true that some measures cannot be taken directly by the Government of Asturias because it lacks the legal capacity to do so “, in clear reference to home confinement, which depends on a new state decree of alarm, as this newspaper also advanced.

The feeling in the regional government is that it was necessary to act “as soon as possible” to avoid the collapse in the hospitals. In this sense, it is not ruled out that in the press conference that Barbón will offer this Monday, he announces the advance of the curfew, which until now was located at midnight or the restriction of movements between councils.

And it is that the covid-free paradise that was Asturias in summer is already far behind and the second wave of the epidemic is hitting the region hard. Gijón exceeds the national average incidence rate (485 in the last fourteen days) and Asturian (400), and is the council that fares the worst, registering 2,844 positives for covid since the beginning of this second wave, 1,490 in the last 14 days and 966 during the past week, according to statistics from the Asturias Health Observatory. The incidence rate per one hundred thousand inhabitants in the municipality is 548.2 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days and 355.4 last week.

The Covid map in Asturias

Thus, the incidence of the most populated council in Asturias in the last 14 days it is higher than in Madrid (414), Castilla-La Mancha (504), Andalusia (444) or Murcia (503). It is close to that of the Basque Country (594), and the incidence in Catalonia (699), Castilla y León (760), La Rioja (745), Navarra (1,187) and Aragón (1,029) is much more so.

Extreme risk

Asturias is in a situation of “extreme risk” due to hospital pressure. Or, in other words, due to the increase in admissions to hospitals and intensive care units (ICU) of people infected by the coronavirus. According to the health authorities, the situation is “critical” but for the moment acceptable and “no one will be left unattended“The feeling among health personnel is much harsher and pessimistic. Without having had time to recover from the first wave, they fear that in a few days the number of infections will skyrocket (hospitalizations always occur days after that the infection is detected). “We like this, and the people on the terraces,” they regret. We can Asturias yesterday demanded total confinement “now.”

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