The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, the socialist Ximo Puig, and its Madrid counterpart, the popular Isabel Diaz Ayuso, diverge again in the management of the crisis of the coronavirus.
The PSPV-PSOE leader has chosen to slow down the de-escalation of restrictions to stop the spread of the Covid-19, which will not begin until next March 2 and will do so in a “Slow, gradual and prudent”. By contrast, the leader of the PP accelerates the de-escalation and delays from this Thursday both the closing hours of the hotel and the beginning of the curfew.
To date, the Community of Madrid presents a cumulative incidence of coronavirus of 489 infected per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 406 in the Valencian Community, according to the information provided by the Ministry of Health as of February 17.
Despite this, Ximo Puig He prefers to rush until March 1 to relax the restrictions. That day ends the validity of the decree that sets the limitations of the Generalitat before the Covid-19, which includes the total closure of the hotel business. The bars and restaurants of the Valencian Community cannot open (except for delivery services or take away) since last January 21. And so they will continue eleven more days. In Madrid, starting this Thursday, the hours of the hotel business are extended until eleven at night.
The Generalitat Valenciana, governed by the PSPV-PSOE, Compromís and Podemos, has not yielded to the repeated protests of the hospitality sector, which has even resorted to judicial means, to date without success, in its attempt to resume activity.
To this day, unless a magistrate imposes it, the Government of Ximo Puig is determined to maintain the total closure of bars and restaurants until March 1. From then on, a de-escalation is taking shape that would begin progressively with the opening of the terraces and as long as the cumulative incidence of the coronavirus is below 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
When the most forceful restrictions came into force, such as the closure of bars, the limitation of business hours until six in the afternoon or the confinement of the main cities on weekends, the incidence of coronavirus in the Valencian Community it was located in the 1,166 infected per 100,000 inhabitants. At present it has been reduced to practically a third, to 406 positives.
The position of the Valencian Executive, in which the partners of Commit and we can have always advocated especially restrictive measures in the management of the pandemic instead of massive screening or the increase in antigen testing or PCR, it remains firm despite the fact that the region presents better indicators than Madrid in cumulative incidence of coronavirus and occupation rate of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals, both in the ward and in the ICU.
Leading in positivity rate and deceased
In contrast, the Valencian Community still has the highest rate of positivity in the coronavirus in Spain with sixteen percent (double the national average) and the highest death toll in the last week along with Andalusia.
Ximo Puig not only stands out from PP leaders like Isabel Diaz Ayuso. In fact, the president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano Garcia-Page, has announced that the autonomy will relax its restrictions next Monday (eight days before the Valencian Community).
In this case, however, the cumulative incidence of Castilla la Mancha presents a better evolution with 314 positives per 100,000 inhabitants.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism