The Consell rejects the Government's decision to leave Alicante and Elche out of the pass to Phase 1 of the de-escalation of confinement due to the coronavirus
A blow to the claims of the Valencian Community to pass on Monday to Phase 1 of the de-escalation. The Ministry of Health has left a good part of the Valencian territory out, including the three capitals: Alicante, Castellón and València.
The big cities are the ones that have suffered the most punishment and in the province of Alicante only six health departments will be able to advance in the de-escalation: Alcoy, Dénia, Marina Baixa, Elda, Orihuela and Torrevieja. Elche and its region are therefore also excluded to pass the phase, despite the good epidemiological data recorded by its two health departments. Along with the city of Alicante, all municipalities in the region of l´Alacantí are also excluded from the de-escalation.
The Ministry of Health will have to wait until next week to see if the Ministry of Health finally allows progress in de-escalation.
The decision announced late yesterday afternoon has fallen like a jug of cold water and has caused outrage in the Generalitat Valenciana. Through a well-known social network, the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig , expressed his disagreement. «We do not share the decision. We have justified with technical criteria the conditions so that the entire Valencian Community had to go to Phase 1 to protect Valencian society. We ask that our plan be studied again to review the decision as soon as possible, ”he said in a tweet late at night.
The Ministry of Health also made its disagreement evident through a statement sent at night. "We do not share it because we have fulfilled all the criteria and demands that the ministry itself had asked of us." Barceló assures that the proposal they submitted on Wednesday was rated "with a grade" by the ministry itself. «We were transferred with honors because we met all the criteria that had been requested: the number of acute beds, the number of critical beds, the capacity for response and follow-up in Primary Care, the capacity of laboratories to carry out the PCR tests ... ». Barceló also regrets that other communities have passed the sieve with worse indicators than the Valencian and gives as an example the index of cases accumulated in the last 14 days. «This index says that the Community is among the six best, with a lower incidence per 100,000 inhabitants. We have 13.59 per 100,000, while others that have passed in their entirety have an incidence of between 46 and 63 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Alicante Mayor Luis Barcala, has agreed to immediately stop those measures that had been adopted in anticipation of entry next Monday in Phase 1 of the de-escalation, such as the reinstatement of the ORA, and has advanced that it will request the Ministry of Health «the Timely explanations that make us understand why we have not passed to Phase 1. That means having the exact information on the levels of contagion and risk, knowing where we are and why this decision has been made. Also by comparison how others are and why some have passed, and others we have not passed ». The mayor also wants to know the measures that are going to be adopted "so that we can balance ourselves and be in a position to move to Phase 1 as soon as possible.
From Elche, Mayor Carlos González preferred to be cautious before evaluating in depth the fact that this area will not change phase on Monday. "This is a process in which you have to be up to what is proposed by the health authority and you have to know the reason why, from there, go forward," said the first mayor of El Salvador yesterday. González also underlined the fact that precisely the territory of El Salvador has practically the best records in the entire Community with respect to Covid-19 .
The Community may change the departure time of children
The autonomous communities may modify the time allowed for the walk of children up to 14 years old so that it does not coincide with the hottest strips, given the high temperatures that are being registered in some areas of Spain. Currently, they are allowed to leave from 12:00 to 19:00. The Valencian Community is one of the autonomies that had requested that this schedule be modified, given the heat that is already being registered.
The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, said yesterday that "a proposal will be made to the communities that will give them sufficient margin to adapt (the schedules) to their current meteorological situation." The Government of the Generalitat had also asked to open the bathing beaches since next Monday. The Valencian Government suggests that the climatic conditions of the Valencian Community should be taken into account in this de-escalation process.
In phase 1, will the timetables for when you are permitted to leave home be maintained?
As Fernando Simón has said this Friday, the time bands remain, but the communities will be able to adapt them to their climatic situation. "The strips are designed to reduce the opportunity for contacts between vulnerable groups without exposing them to a higher risk," said the spokesman for the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies.
What are the time slots allowed for walking and sports?
Pending its possible modification, for now it is established that those over 14 years of age and those under 70 can play sports and walk from 6.00 to 10.00 and from 20.00 to 23.00; Dependent people (accompanied by a caregiver) and those over 70 can go from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 19.00 to 20.00, while children can play in the street (with their own toy) accompanied by a single parent from 12.00 to 19.00 . Some communities have already asked to modify this last schedule to avoid the hottest hours and Health is studying it.
The inhabitants of the same home can share a car of up to nine seats.
Will I be able to move around other municipalities in the province?
If an entire province goes to phase 1, people can move freely through that province, without restrictions. But it is possible that some autonomous communities propose that they move to phase 1 smaller areas, in which case mobility would only be allowed in that area.
Meetings of up to ten people are allowed. They will have to maintain a safety distance of two meters and respect the hygiene regulations for hand washing and respiratory etiquette, that is, the regulations that recommend coughing at the elbow, respect the distance of two meters with other people and, if it is not possible to wear a mask. Above all, it is necessary to avoid crowds of many people.
Where can those meetings be held?
In principle, both at home and on the street, always keeping the basic rules of safety and physical distance.
Will I be able to sit on a terrace for a drink?
Yes, as long as there is room, because only 50% of the tables on the terraces can be occupied. There will have to be a minimum distance of two meters between the tables and the client groups will never exceed ten people. In addition, the tables will have to be disinfected between one client and another, and menus in common use and serviette dispeners cannot be used.
What changes will affect stores?
Only shops of less than 400 square meters will be able to open, as in phase 0, but prior appointment or individual attention will no longer be necessary. The stores will allow customers to enter up to a maximum of 30% of their capacity, it will be necessary to maintain a minimum safety distance of two meters and a schedule of preferential attention for the elderly must be established. In addition, merchants will have to disinfect the premises twice a day.
Will I be able to return to the theater?
In this phase, the option of holding cultural shows of less than 30 people in closed spaces is opened as long as the capacity does not exceed one third of the total room. In addition, you can go to outdoor shows for 200 people whenever it is possible to maintain safe distances.
Will museums open?
Yes, visits to museums can be reactivated, also limited to one third of the capacity and, in principle, with previously purchased tickets.
Will the markets be reactivated?
Yes, the activity of open-air markets on public roads will return, although with restrictions regarding the distance between stalls and the delimitation of the street market for proper control of capacity by the security forces. The number of regular positions is limited to 25% and the maximum allowed influx will be one third of the capacity.
Will shopping malls or stores over 400 square meters open?
No, it is not allowed to open in phase 1, only small business activity is allowed.
What about hotels?
Both hotels and tourist accommodation can reopen as long as the common areas, such as the dining room or living rooms, are not used.
Will wakeings be allowed?
Yes, but the number of family members who can do it is limited, which is 15 people if it takes place outdoors and ten in closed spaces.
Can you go to funerals?
Yes, but a limit is also set: the entourage for the burial or the farewell for the cremation of the deceased is restricted to a maximum of 15 people and, where appropriate, the minister of worship or assimilated person of the respective confession may join. for the practice of funeral rites of farewell to the deceased.
Will I be able to go to church?
Yes, houses of worship will open in phase 1, but the influx of worshipers will be reduced to a third.
Yes, if the sports facilities are outdoors and the activities do not involve physical contact (such as tennis or athletics), they may open in phase 1. Also at that time, individual sports activities may be carried out by appointment in sports centers that do not involve physical contact or the use of changing rooms. However, the use of facilities whose space is closed will have to be postponed to phase 2 and only when the sport is done without an audience and does not require physical contact.
Will care for people with disabilities and early care, occupational, rehabilitative and psychosocial therapies recover?
Yes, and home care and continuous monitoring will also be provided again to older people who do not live in residences.
What other activities can be resumed?
The agri-food and fishing activity can be carried out again, always complying with all security measures.
New deaths with coronavirus have dropped significantly to 164 in the last 24 hours, the lowest number since March 18 (107) , for a total of 25,264 , as well as new daily cases confirmed by PCR. They drop to 838 and put the total number of infected at 217,466 .
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In addition, 1,654 new patients have been counted, which means that 118,902 people have already managed to overcome the disease, according to the latest balance published by the Ministry of Health.
The number of infected health professionals is 42,111 (326 more than the day before) and they represent 19.3% of the total confirmed cases.
Health has explained that for a few days the Community of Madrid has been adjusting the series of cases confirmed by PCR (the most reliable test for virus detection), which may make the total number of confirmed cases vary and can be seen reflected in the national total.
In the case of Andalusia, it is also adjusting its figures and has reclassified 69 cases as confirmed by antibody tests, which are included in the latest reports as confirmed by PCR, although, according to Health, the adjustment already appears in the report this Sunday. .
The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, acknowledged this Friday that there were two communities, which he did not specify, with which there was "some discrepancy" in the notification of cases, although he hoped to correct it "shortly" .
With the latest data, the rate of infections drops to 0.39 %, although there are communities such as Catalonia, where with 384 new cases it creates 0.77%, Extremadura (20 more infections and 0.71%) and Castilla y León (118 more and 0.69%), in addition to the autonomous city of Melilla (1.74%). No new case has been registered in Ceuta since Saturday.
In the last 24 hours, 547 people have been hospitalized, bringing the total number to 118,495, of which more than a third (40,597) are located in Madrid, which adds 140 new ones.
Catalonia follows, with 208 new hospitalizations, bringing the total to 27,257.
In Andalusia there has been no affected hospitalized in the last 24 hours, as in the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.
Another 65 people have been admitted to the ICU, where 10,974 remain and there are seven communities (Aragón, Baleares, Canarias, Cantabria, Extremadura, Murcia and La Rioja), in addition to Ceuta and Melilla, who have not registered any admitted to these units in the last 24 hours.
As for the new deceased , most have occurred in Catalonia (48), Madrid (40) and Castilla-La Mancha (31), while Aragón, Baleares, Canarias, Ceuta and Melilla have not recorded any deaths since Saturday.
Most of the new cures are recorded in Catalonia (419), ahead of the Basque Country (219), Madrid (174) and the Valencian Community (160).
The community with the highest number of infections continues to be Madrid, with 62,205 confirmed cases , 8,332 deaths and 37,704 cured. In second place is Catalonia , where this Sunday there are 50,234 infected, 5,185 dead and 20,332 healed.
The two Castillas return to third and fourth place, although in Castilla y León there are 17,283 infected, 1,800 deceased and 6,856 people who have managed to heal; in Castilla-La Mancha there are 16,017 confirmed cases, 2,565 dead and 5,772 cured.
The Basque Country is the fifth community in terms of the number of infected, with 12,938; In addition, 1,329 people have died and 12,024 have managed to be cured, while Andalusia, with a total of 12,175 confirmed cases, ranks sixth.
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With this new balance, Spain remains the European leader in the number of infections , followed by Italy, with 209,328, and the United Kingdom (182,260) and is second in the world behind the United States, where they exceed one million (1,092,815 ).
In the death ranking, it remains in fourth place behind the United States, where 64,283 people with coronaviruses have died; Italy (28,710) and the United Kingdom (28,131).
As for case fatality, it remains at 11.6%, well below that of other European countries such as France (18.9%), Belgium (15.7%) and the United Kingdom (15.4%).
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How many people can go in the same car in each phase of the de-escalation?
Car use has been limited since the state of alarm due to the coronavirus crisis began , but little by little drivers will be able to use their vehicle more normally as the de-escalation phases progress . However, each of the phases has certain restrictions, such as the limitation of passengers for each trip.
Phase 0 has started this Monday in all provinces and will last approximately a week, depending on how the pandemic progresses in each territory. During this time, you can walk and play sports on the street, shops and hairdressers will attend to customers individually and hospitality establishments may open to serve takeaways.
The private car will be used to go to these places —except for sports and walking . In addition, the same movements are still allowed as from the beginning of the state of alarm: going to the supermarket, the pharmacy or the workplace.
In phase 0, two people are allowed to travel in the same row of a car. Of course, they must live together. If this requirement is not met, each must sit in a different row, keeping the maximum possible distance and using the mask. Likewise, another order of the BOE referring to Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda (TMA / 384/2020 of May 3) indicates that «In private private and complementary transport of people in vehicles of up to nine seats, including the driver, they may Two people move in each row of seats, as long as they use masks respect the maximum distance between the occupants ».
The next phase will begin on May 11 —except in La Graciosa, La Gomera, El Hierro and Formentera, where it began this Monday— in the provinces that have complied with the government's forecasts and will last about two weeks.
From that moment on, small shops can be reopened under strict security measures, places of worship, wakes, tourist accommodation, terraces and markets. Meetings of up to 10 people would also be allowed. It is still not allowed to leave the province in which you reside.
As for the use of the car, you can drive to get to all these places and people residing in the same house could travel together, eliminating the limit of two people and the distance between them
Phase 2 will begin on May 25 in provinces where the pandemic has progressed as expected and will last for another 15 days. Two weeks in which you can visit larger groups, as well as go to second homes as long as they are in the same province. They may also open shopping malls, restaurants, exhibitions, cinemas and theaters, although they will have a limited capacity. You can use the car to make these trips. You can also take the car to visit relatives (except if they belong to a risk group) or go or take the children to training or education centers.
The last phase is expected to start on June 8 and will last two more weeks. On these days, outdoor concerts are allowed , gyms, discos and night bars will be opened. You can also go to the beach keeping security measures and the capacity in shops and restaurants will be increased.
Therefore, you can already take the car to go to these beaches, go to concerts or sports events ... Of course, it will not be possible to leave the province of residence until the end of the de-escalation. In addition, all persons residing together may go in the vehicle.
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Going out with the dog to play sports or walk: the doubts of the first phase
The BOE published this morning how the departures of adults should occur
CADENA SER 8:28 PM • MAY 01 2020
The Official State Gazette published this morning how adults should be released after seven weeks of confinement by the coronavirus. Adults can only go for a walk or do sports in the hours between 6 and 10 in the morning and from 20 to 23 and, as stated by Cadena SER , one of the questions that has arisen and that the BOE does not clarify is the possibility of walking, playing sports or going out with children, and also doing it with a dog.
Can you go for a walk with a dog?
Adults will be able to go outside in the morning (between 6 and 10) and at night (between 20 and 23). If they have a dog, they can take it out to accompany them during the walk allowed during these hours and without leaving more than a kilometer. It was one of the issues that the BOE did not clarify in its publication this morning. The Ministry of Health confirms to Cadena SER that the dog can accompany the owner during the walk. The objective is to avoid contagion as much as possible and, in this sense, the animal is not a transmitter of the virus.
Is it allowed to run with the dog?
Until now it was only allowed to take the dog out to relieve himself . The novelty from this Saturday is that they can also do it to accompany their owner if he runs. The Ministry of Health has confirmed this to Cadena SER. It so happens that some dog breeds need to incorporate racing into their routines, something they have not been able to do until now.
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Can the dog accompany the outing with the children?
Children can go out into the street accompanied by an adult since last Sunday between nine in the morning and nine at night. A schedule that will be modified from this Saturday when they can only do it between 12 and 19. The intention is to prevent childhood from coinciding in public spaces with the elderly, one of the vulnerable groups in this health crisis, and with people dependents. The objective is to avoid the risk of contagion as much as possible. In this case, Health also confirms that it is allowed to take the daily walk with the children, three maximum, and that the dog accompany them.
It is compatible to play sports in the morning and then go out with the children
The BOE explains that the departure as an adult and the companion on the walk with a child are cumulative. Similarly, Fernando Simón spoke at the daily press conference. The director of the Center for Coordination of Health Emergencies has ensured that it is compatible for parents to go out for sports in the morning and then in the afternoon to go out with the children for a walk.
"If a person goes out to do sports in the morning and then it is the father who is going to take a walk with the child, I understand that there does not have to be incompatibility between the two," he said. Along the same lines, he explained that in some cases there are single-parent families "in which the same person will do both activities." "We have to be cautious, be careful, apply the measures," Fernando Simón has recommended, inviting everyone, again, to practice good sense in these difficult times.