The Basque Government will maintain until after the December bridge current restrictions considering that, despite the change in trend in the COVID-19 pandemic, the transmission of the coronavirus continues to be “very high” in Euskadi.
The decision to maintain these measures has been announced by the Basque Government Health Minister, Gotzone Sagardui, at the end of the meeting of the Advisory Council of the Basque Civil Protection Plan (LABI) held this Thursday.
Although at the press conference the counselor had indicated that the extension would be 15 days and that, therefore, the measures would be in force until December 5, the Executive has clarified afterwards that the established date is December 10.
The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, will sign this Friday a decree by which the Basque Government will maintain until next December 10 the preventive measures approved on November 6.
Thus, the limitation of the entry and exit of people in the territory of the Autonomous Community of Euskadi and the municipal environment where each person has fixed residence will remain in force.
The limitation of circulation at night from 10:00 p.m. and the closure of hotel establishments, among other measures, is also maintained.
The health situation remains serious
The counselor has assured that “the measures are taking a positive effect which can be seen in the modification of the trend of the last days“, and added that” the good response of the majority of society has been a decisive factor for this. “
However, despite this change in trend, Sagardui recalled that the Basque Country is at level five established in the Biziberri II Plan, that is, in a situation of “very high” transmission of the virus.
Regarding hospital pressure, he warned that scenario 3 of the ICU Contingency Plan is still active. “We’re doing fine, but we’re not okay”, has insisted.
On the other hand, the minister has asked “a new effort from Basque society” to continue slowing the spread of the virus and has announced the launch of a awareness campaign backed by all Basque institutions under the slogan “Hands, mask, distance. We all know how to avoid it.”
“It is a campaign that will be reflected in the social media and that seeks to combat a possible situation of relaxation, remembering that this disease can lead people to hospital, ICU or even death,” said Sagardui.
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