Friday, March 31

Health and autonomies review the capacity at sporting events

The Ministry of Health and the communities review this afternoon the agreement on capacity in sporting eventswhich is currently 75% outdoors and 50% indoors, in the middle of the debate on the advisability of reducing the period of isolation and quarantine as some autonomies suggest.

This issue is not on the agenda of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System that meets again this Wednesday, but several regional leaders anticipated that this forum should discuss the possibility of shortening the quarantine period to 4 or 5 days as a result of the proposal made by the Madrid employers.

Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and the Valencian Community are in favor of the downward revision for now; The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, insisted this Tuesday that it is reasonable that quarantines be reduced in the medium term, but always in accordance with the position of the Public Health Commission.

Conversely, Andalusia refuses: “We think that 7 days is an optimal number to see the evolution of the virus”, reiterated this Tuesday the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, for whom “what prevails is public health.” “While there is no scientific evidence that 4 days is enough, our bet will be 7,” he added.

What Minister Carolina Darias and the councilors do have on the agenda is the usual review of the epidemiological situation “and the agreements that may come.”

In this sense, the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, pointed out this Tuesday after the Council of Ministers that the sixth wave continues to show signs of “flattening”although with a still very high cumulative incidence (3,381), for which he asked that “we continue to take care of ourselves so that we can look at the virus in a different way in the coming months.”

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April was the date that the Catalan Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, already set last week for a change in the management of the pandemic to materialize, with which the scheduled quarantines will decline, even positive ones, and each will not be counted. new case of covid.

In this line, the president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, predicted this Tuesday that in spring you will be in a different scenario“not of elimination of the virus”, but by then it will be possible to recompose and coexistence prevails.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Public Health of Madrid, Antonio Zapatero, advocated “redefining” the coronavirus control strategy in view of the data on the evolution of the pandemic, because, in his opinion, covid-19 “will become another disease” that will need another clinical management focused on the follow-up of the sectors of the population at risk.

The Basque Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, pointed to a “change in trend” of the pandemic which, along with other factors, has allowed “some main hospitals” in Osakidetza to recover “around 80-100% of surgical activity” in the morning and has hoped to resume operations in the afternoon if this “good evolution” continues.

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Another relevant point is the analysis of the evolution of the vaccination campaign, fully involved in the third doses for adults and the first for children.

In addition, the Ministry and the communities will have to update the current agreement on capacity at sporting events, which last month already reduced to 75% if they are open facilities and 50% if they are closed; At the moment, only Andalusia has shown its position, which is to no longer limit these maximums.

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