Wednesday, June 29

Health and the autonomies rule out new restrictions due to the increase in incidence

The first face-to-face meeting of the plenary session of the Interterritorial Health Council since the pandemic arrived was held this Wednesday in the Senate.

The first face-to-face meeting of the plenary session of the Interterritorial Health Council since the pandemic arrived was held this Wednesday in the Senate.

The Ministry of Health and the Autonomous Communities discard, for the moment, reverse the de-escalation and tighten restriction measures, as are some of the European countries most affected by the delta variant, which is more contagious. The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has indicated, after the celebration of the first Interterritorial Council in person since the virus arrived in Spain, that “it is not about [imponer] restrictions but to make a call to responsibility “and that the unvaccinated people and among whom the incidence is increasing comply with the distancing measures, the protocols, the indoor mask and the hand washing. In fact, it has considered that the decision to remove the mask outdoors has been “prudent” and is therefore going to be upheld for the foreseeable future.

Although, Darias has acknowledged that in the last week there has been a “worrying Change of trend”Given that the accumulated incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days has gone from 92 points last Wednesday to 117 today, according to the latest epidemiological bulletin. In addition, the balance shows that among those under 40 years of age, thanks to vaccination, the virus continues to decline while in the group of 16 to 30 years there is an expansion “2.5 times the average”. However, the increase is not translating, for now, into greater hospital pressure.


To stop the rebound, some communities have opened vaccination to the group between 16 and 29 years old, although other autonomies, as expressed by the counselors at the meeting, prefer to continue with the immunization from older to younger and continue with the group between 30 and 39 years old, given their greater vulnerability to the virus. And both strategies will coexist because in the last update of the vaccination strategy it was already allowed overlap age groups not immunized depending on the epidemiological situation and to avoid gaps due to the start of the holiday period.

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The minister has shown “moved”To be able to hold the first face-to-face meeting between the Government and the Health Councilors since February 4, 2020, a few weeks before Spain was forced to decree the harsh home confinement. From that date, meetings of the Interterritorial Council have been held every week telematics, some more tense and others more relaxed. But, after the fall of the state of alarm and the relaxation of the limitations, the Ministry of Health has considered opportune to summon the councilors to a meeting in the Senate, which was not attended by neither the one from Catalonia nor the one from the Canary Islands. The Catalan Councilor, Josep Maria Argimon, He has argued that he preferred to prioritize the management of the pandemic in Catalonia, in the first line.

Inflection point

Despite the absences, the face-to-face meeting supposes a “inflection point“And a” look to the present, but especially to the future “, as stressed by Darias, who has valued that the Council” continues to deal with the urgent “, that is, the epidemic, but also” promptly undertake what is important “, when addressing other outstanding health issues.

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