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Ximo Puig extends all restrictions until August 16 and recovers the curfew in 77 municipalities




The Generalitat Valenciana will extend the curfew between one in the morning and six in the morning to 77 municipalities at extreme risk of coronavirus transmission and will continue to limit social gatherings to ten people maximum, both in public and in private.

The autonomous government is waiting for the Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community (TSJCV) to endorse these measures that will come into force on Monday, July 26 and will be extended for three weeks, until August 16.

[Nuevas restricciones en Valencia del 26 de julio al 16 de agosto por el coronavirus]

The Superior Prosecutor of the Valencian Community has reported this Thursday that does not oppose the new restrictions raised by the Generalitat in the face of the coronavirus that must be resolved by the Administrative Litigation Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice.

The night lockdown will now affect more than 2.7 million inhabitants, half of the region’s population. Alaquàs, Almàssera, Catarroja, Moncada, Picanya, Quart de Poblet, Sedaví and Tavernes Blanques, which have been subject to a curfew since July 12, fall from the list of affected localities.

The rest of the restrictions They are extended until that date with a modification: shows and sports competitions reduce their capacity to 50% indoors – also in swimming pools – with a maximum of 1,500 people and must end before 00:30.

This has been explained by the head of the Consell, Ximo Puig, in his appearance this Thursday with the Minister of Health, Ana Barceló, after the meeting of the Interdepartmental Table for Prevention and Action against Covid-19 that has decided to continue with the bulk of the current limitations to “protect health, health system and economy ”.

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Image of the meeting of the Interdepartmental Table held this Thursday at the Palau de la Generalitat
Image of the meeting of the Interdepartmental Table held this Thursday at the Palau de la Generalitat – ABC

Puig has once again called for prudence before a fifth hello that “continues to grow although with a lower intensity” than the previous ones, but has warned that “since mid-March there were not so many Valencians in hospitals.” At the moment there are 525 hospitalized patients, far from the more than four thousand that came to be in January, but they represent “double than two weeks ago.”

The presence in the ICUs has also doubled, the regional president has had an impact, and 40% of those admitted are now between 35 and 50 years old. In fact, one in five hospitalized is under 35 years of age. “Now the most vulnerable are the unvaccinated,” he stressed, while focusing on the fact that “the drop in fatality is considerable”, since it has gone from one hundred daily deaths of the third wave to an average one or two deaths per day today.

Regarding vaccination, Puig has indicated that the Ministry of Health will compensate in August with 441,570 doses of Moderna, more than double what has been received each month, the immunization of the displaced and the gap due to the age pyramid.

In addition, on the celebration of the Fallas in September, the head of the Consell has indicated that “we are very far” and that, in any case, they will not be a “normal” parties. “As we get closer, the regulations will be adjusted to the maximum”, but for now “we cannot anticipate anything until the situation improves”, he has settled.

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For her part, the Minister Ana Barceló has announced that will appear in the Valencian Courts to detail the situation and the measures that are being adopted after criticism from the opposition for not having done so for six months, since January 25.

Regarding the decision to recover the curfew only for 77 of the hundred municipalities that are at extreme risk -more than 250 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants-, Barceló has clarified that they are taken into account seven criteria, not only the cumulative incidence at fourteen days, including the transmission rate or the positivity of diagnostic tests, “an indicator that will tell us if the number of positive cases is going to grow.”

However, “sometimes five or three is enough” if Epidemiology understands that they are “sufficiently justified” to limit mobility, added the head of Health.

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