The Superior Court of Justice of Galicia (TSXG) has authorized the Xunta to limit, throughout the autonomous community, the number of people who can meet in public or private spaces -six, indoors; and ten, outdoors-, as well as prohibit encounters with non-partners between three and six in the morning. The magistrates understand that the measures included in the order, which will enter into force at 00:00 this Saturday and will remain until 00:00 on August 7, are “suitable, necessary and proportionate” to contain the spread of COVID-19, whose transmission has increased in the last two weeks, as have hospitalizations.
The Chamber considers that the Galician Government has justified the existence of a danger to the health of the population, which may be aggravated if these measures are not adopted, as well as that it lacks other less aggressive means to deal with it. In addition, it highlights that the measures “respond to a clear situation of virus increase” and ensures that “they do not have a significant impact on the right of assembly, which is more in need of control at night, frequented to a greater extent by young people, more prone to social contact.”
To authorize the limitations, the judges have taken into account a joint report prepared by the general deputy director of Information on Health and Epidemiology and by a university expert in vaccines, which protects the measures due to “the negative evolution of the epidemiological and sanitary situation ” of the community.
In addition to this technical document, the third section of the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the TSXG has examined the graphs that show the evolution of infections in each municipality in the last two weeks, which reveal “a worrying increase in transmission infection ”and the existence of“ a progressive positivity percentage ”.
Thus, they indicate that, in the first week, the cumulative incidence stood at 278 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, to go, in the next seven days, to 418. “The breakdown of these data is made by health areas, with very different results, but all of them in progression towards a situation of increase in the positivity of the virus, which has a greater incidence in the areas of Ourense and Pontevedra ”, underlines the Chamber.
The data in the report also reflect, according to the judges, “the increase in hospitalizations and admissions to critical care units”, as well as the epidemiological situation of all municipalities and their counties. The ones with the highest negative incidence, according to the car, are located in Vigo, Pontevedra, O Baixo Miño, Valdeorras, Ourense, O Carballiño, A Mariña -oriental, central and western-, Terra de Melide and Barbanza. In the 36 municipalities with the highest incidence, the limitation of meetings to only cohabitants begins at one in the morning, instead of at three.
“However, these data have to be weighed against other factors, such as demographics or outbreaks or uncontrolled spikes, which in the end have been taken into account to propose group limitations, in general, and the more limited ones, in the 36 municipalities that present more adverse incidents, all of which have been the object of a singular treatment in the technical report ”, explain the judges in the order, against which an appeal may be presented to the Supreme Court.
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