Sunday, December 5

Health gives more time to modify the ‘covid traffic light’

The Ministry of Health and the communities will continue to study the so-called ‘covid traffic light’, which measures the level of risk of the pandemic by proposing a series of recommendations in each of the scenarios, to be approved “soon”.

The Public Health Commission has not voted on the update of the document ‘Coordinated response actions for the control of the transmission of covid-19’, in which the experts of the alert presentation proposed soften the incidence figures with which the level of risk is measured and to relax the restrictions in the scenarios with lower transmissions.

As reported by the Ministry of Health, in this afternoon’s meeting “impressions and proposals have been collected” from the regional representatives; The document, he adds, “will continue to work on the presentation of alerts” and will soon be brought to the Public Health Commission.

Having listened to the contributions of the different communities, the presentation will meet again this friday to continue working on the document that the technicians began to review two months ago so that the Commission can see the new draft next week, sources close to the meeting explain to Efe.

The one who debated this afternoon justified that, before the current epidemiological situation “very favorable, with a marked decrease in serious cases and fatality “, together with the high vaccination coverage, necessitated a review of the indicators used to monitor the evolution of the pandemic and the non-pharmacological measures recommended for each one of the established risk levels.

For adapt the hazard calculation From the pandemic to this favorable situation, the experts suggested not taking into account both the number of infections and the number of hospitalizations in the ward and in the ICU, especially those that occur in a week, and positivity. In fact, they revised up the thresholds of cumulative incidence, the best-known indicator of those used to measure risk, so that controlled circulation (which was initially called the new normal) is considered below 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and not 25. While, low level is given up to 100 (before it was up to 50); the medium, between 100 and 300: the high, from 300 to 500, and the very high, above 500.

But, despite the favorable situation, he did not forget the basic hygiene and prevention measures such as the mask, whose mandatory nature was in compliance with the law in force and which “must be applied regardless of the level of alert in which he is. a territory, even when it is at a level of controlled circulation “of transmission, which occurs when all the indicators are at minimum.

The covid passport

While studying how to soften the traffic light, several communities have reopened this Tuesday the debate on the possibility of requiring the digital covid certificate in certain situations to avoid the rebound of infections, something that to date has not been well seen in Health because the only use for which it is regulated is that of facilitate mobility between countries of the EU.

Because although with much more favorable figures than other European countries that are tightening restrictions and increasing pressure on the unvaccinatedIt is very worrying about the number of citizens who have not yet done it here, having had the opportunity to do so, especially in the 20-40 age group, who do not reach 80% coverage.

The Minister of Health of Castilla y León, Verónica Casado, has advanced in an interview with Efe that she considers requesting the covid passport in closed places where you have to remove the mask, such as nightlife, hostels and hotels, a measure that advocates applying by territories and indicators and on a temporary and proportional basis. And he has warned that, if not applied in a “coordinated way” by all communities, yours will, although it will need the endorsement of the Superior Court of Justice of Castilla y León. “We do not want to close,” said the counselor, who argues that this option is a good way to limit the risk and promote vaccination.

The Basque Government is of the same opinion, which is going to request this week from the Superior Court of Justice authorization to require the COVID certificate in certain activities related to nightlife, such as concerts, and in restaurants. His Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, explained that, as of this Wednesday, the authorities of the municipalities that exceed 150 cases of incidence (the general one is close to 200) will be required to temporarily suspend or postpone the celebration of activities in those that cannot be guaranteed preventive measures.

Too Catalonia has opened the door to require the covid passport beyond the nightclubs, as it does now, although the Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, agreed that this always requires the approval of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC).

The Valencian Community and Galicia are other regions that are not closed to apply this solution against the rebound in cases: President Ximo Puig, has indicated that the Generalitat “accelerates the legal processes so that the covid certificate can be implemented in certain centers” and the Xunta, which will request it to the visits in hospitals, does not rule out “measures of any kind”, in the words of the counselor, Julio García Comesaña.

One more step has been taken by the president of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla, who has asked, rather than to establish new restrictions due to covid-19, that “everyone gets vaccinated, by hook or by crook, civil or military, “or the unvaccinated are forced to” stay at home, locked up. ”

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