Sánchez is committed to speeding up vaccination “overlapping” groups while the Government confirms its refusal to resume the curfew or the masks
The central government will not move. At least for the moment. Health made it clear this Wednesday to the communities that it does not intend to promote new restrictions at the national level to try to stop the fifth wave despite pressure from some autonomies and the recommendations of its own technicians. Some specialists from the Alerts Report this week have called on Carolina Darias’ team to urge the regional administrations to decree the immediate closure of all nightlife venues and, even, who have proposed to the Central Executive to study the possibility of re-establish curfew.
But the message from Health, Moncloa and Pedro Sánchez himself this Wednesday was very different: the current legal and regulatory framework is sufficient. The government’s discourse is to make vaccines the center of everything, since the key to slowing the advance of the virus is to accelerate the immunization of the youngest groups to the maximum. “Once the most vulnerable generations are covered and protected, we will have to overlap the vaccination of different ages to protect those who suffer the highest incidence, which is young people,” said Sánchez from Latvia. “Vaccines are the best weapon we have,” said Darias from Madrid.
With these premises, the minister in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) avoided any debate and limited herself to ratifying that the Government is not considering a new decree of a state of alarm, which would be the only legal formula, as certified the Supreme Court in recent weeks, to limit night mobility.
The Government of Castilla y León was the one that in the conclave led the pressures for the central Executive to approve a new alarm decree that would cover the autonomies to order curfews when the time came. But the proposal of the Executive of Alfonso Fernández Mañueco had a resounding no on the part of Health, which also opposed outright the other request of that regional government, that of recovering the use of the mask outdoors, which was no longer mandatory less two weeks. A reversal that other executives such as the Catalan or the Basque who have encouraged their citizens in the last hours to continue with their masks in public spaces do not frown upon.
“He did not rush”
Darias insisted at all times that the Executive “did not rush” when he approved the end of the masks. “You can only stop using the mask in very specific spaces: outdoors with a distance of 1.5 meters, when the risk of spread is minimal or non-existent,” he added, while defending that it was a “tremendously prudent” measure. despite the fact that days later the fifth wave was unleashed.
But even so, Carolina Darias did not depart from the script that Pedro Sánchez already marked from Tallin on Tuesday when he assured that “it is not necessary to approve anything other than what is agreed by the Ministry of Health with the communities.” “There is a wide range of measures” available to the autonomies, he reiterated while hinting that the majority of the communities are satisfied with the current regulatory framework and do not want new tools. The minister, in any case, avoided questions about why her department has decided to ignore the criteria of her own experts who demanded the coordinated tightening of measures such as the closure of all nightlife throughout the country.
Thus, the minister officially communicated to the regional councilors that Health does not have among its plans to unify restrictions to try to stop the sharp escalation of the incidence among the youngest. In other words, there will not be a “country proposal”, as defined by the Government of Murcia, another of the autonomies criticized for the refusal of Health to unify criteria to try to stop the new onslaught of the virus.