Last minute of the coronavirus: the CCAA differ in the intensity of the confinement
The coronavirus keeps 130,759 people infected in Spain and has killed 12,418 of them, more than 650 in the last hours.
The coronavirus keeps 130,759 people infected in Spain and has claimed the lives of 12,418 of them, according to the latest balance offered by the Ministry of Health, which means that more cases of coronavirus have already been registered within Spanish borders. than in Italy , where to date there are officially 124,632 positive in coronavirus, 6,127 fewer cases than in our country, and many more than in Germany, where this Sunday the 90,000 infections have been exceeded. Exactly, in the country led by Angela Merkel yesterday, 5,936 new cases were registered, bringing the number of those affected by Covid-19 to 91,714.
The official figures of the Spanish Health indicate that in the last 24 hours 6,023 new infected have been detected and 674 new deaths have been registered , the lowest number in the last eight days (although it must be borne in mind that as this is a weekend, should be consolidated next Tuesday). However, the best news is that there are already 38,080 patients cured, a much higher number of discharges than in other affected countries, while another positive fact is that, as they assure from Health after compiling the data of the different autonomies, the pressure in coronavirus hospitalized and intensive care units (ICUs) ” is somehow decreasing .”
In any case, the Government does not want to trust the fight against the coronavirus and will extend the state of alarm for another 15 days, after listening to the opinion of the committee of experts in charge of managing the health crisis. This decision would mean extending the confinement until at least April 26 . “Logically, the state of alarm and the exceptional measures that we are going to take are not going to last 15 days, they are going to last a longer time . It will be the least possible depending on the effectiveness of the measures and the degree of compliance that we Spaniards have. “, has warned the president, Pedro Sánchez. It will be more than 15 days, but “they will be different”.
“If the climb has been hard, the descent will not be smoother,” warned Sánchez, for whom “we are in a position to bend the curve . ” “We have to continue with the same discipline, solidarity and tenacity. Rushing, relaxing, disuniting ourselves right now would have a worse result than returning us to the starting point because it would unleash a second wave that would hit us harder when our resistances are more weakened,” asserted.
After the meeting with the leaders of the different communities, the regional presidents have been in favor of the extension of the state of alarm but have differed in the prolongation and intensity of the confinement. While the President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, has asked Sánchez to maintain “total confinement”, with the exception of essential services, – understanding that “it is not time to let your guard down – the President of the Community of Madrid Isabel Díaz Ayuso has asked that no unnecessary measures be taken that drag the country’s economy, especially for the coming weeks and a possible new wave in the autumn.
Along the same lines, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, who acknowledged this Sunday that the number of recoveries is hopeful and that the data leads us to affirm that the containment measures are working, has stated . Even so, the Executive does not contemplate maintaining the economic stoppage that was decreed on March 30 , so it will only be in force until April 9. This has been announced by Sánchez in reference to the compulsory paid leave that he established for all non-essential activities and those that cannot telework. When their validity is not extended, from April 10 they will reopen works, factories and other production centers that have been closed for a week or with a minimum level of activity.
In addition, Illa has also announced that the Government has finally authorized the lifting of the perimeter confirmation of the Ódena basin area , which affects four municipalities in the province of Barcelona: Igualada, Vilanova del Camí, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Ódena. This news comes a day after the Government agreed to end this isolation, in force since March 12 due to the high number of positives that were recorded in these areas.
The Government distributes 1 million rapid tests
The Minister of Health Salvador Illa has announced this Sunday that the Executive has distributed today among the different autonomous communities 1 million of those known as rapid tests , which will arrive no later than tomorrow morning, to diagnose the presence of the coronavirus in organisms . The communities that have received the most tests are the most affected by the health crisis; Community of Madrid (206,400), Catalonia (180,000) and Andalusia (130,800). Illa explained that these tests will be used as a complement to the PCRs, which are more reliable, and will serve to carry out “rapid screening in places with a high prevalence of disease, such as hospitals and nursing homes.”
In addition, Illa explained that to date, Health is doing between 15,000 and 20,000 tests daily and that for the moment 38 million pieces of medical equipment have been distributed to the different communities, of which 28 million are masks and 1,534 respirators. The latter will come to the autonomies in the coming days, but they will not be the only ones, since Illa has assured that 2,070 more from donations must be added.
Sánchez asks a list to the autonomies
First thing this Sunday, the Prime Minister met by videoconference with his autonomous counterparts. Among the topics to be discussed in this telematic appointment, Sánchez has asked the regional presidents for a list of hotels, spaces and public and private infrastructures where they can accommodate asymptomatic and mild patients to keep them isolated when the de-escalation process begins. A statement that you want to have in your hands before next Friday, March 10.
In this regard, the Ministry of Health, through its spokesperson in the Coronavirus Technical Management Committee, has indicated that it would be one of the measures being considered by the Government for a phase of de-escalation of the virus. “There are a series of measures that are going to be fundamental, and that is what will allow us to go from the way we are now, from social distancing to contain the virus, to a transition phase,” explained Dr. María José Sierra, chief Area of the Center for Coordination of Alerts and Sanitary Emergencies of the Ministry of Health. The spokesperson added that the important thing is to test cases that begin symptoms. “Our fundamental objective is that anyone who starts symptoms , is diagnosed earlyand isolate “, he has indicated, also acknowledging that Health and the Carlos III Health Institute are already working on a rapid test study to find out” in a few weeks “the approximate number of immunized in Spain.
This list must be submitted to the National Executive before the 10th, that is, at the end of Easter. After this ‘holiday’, it is planned to lift the period of stoppage of essential activities that, initially, was imposed until March 9. “As of April 11, what ends is the decree that establishes paid permits, therefore, unless we propose other measures, we would put ourselves in the situation of the first state of alarm,” said the Minister of Transport. However, they have not yet defined which economic sectors will return to activity after the ‘hibernation decree’.
“Cautious optimism” at the WHO
The regional director for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO), Hans Kluge, has shown “cautious optimism” about the evolution of the epidemic in Spain, in a message on his Twitter account. After a mission by the agency in Spain in which facilities such as the field hospital of Ifema were visited and which concluded this Saturday, Kluge has been “deeply impressed by the heroism of the front-line workers, the solidarity of the Spanish people and the inspiring determination of the government. ” ” Cautious optimism as a result of bold measures, innovative approaches and courageous decisions ,” he wrote in his message, in which he mentions the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa.
The first toilet in Madrid dies
Contrary to the optimism of the WHO, this Sunday it has been known that a 61-year-old health professional who worked in the SUMMA Home Care Unit in Madrid and had contracted coronavirus has died of the disease, as reported to Europa Press sources of the Ministry of Health. It is the first toilet that dies in the region infected with Covid-19, where last Thursday, the Ministry of Health recorded a total of 3,103 SUMMA professionals infected with coronavirus.
Along with this, the deaths of two other health facilities have been added , one in Valencia and the other in Vizcaya , as reported by the Union of Nursing Technicians (SAE), from where they have denounced the situation in which the professionals who are facing from the front line to the coronavirus and the performance of the test to all toilets and protection with adequate EPIS “because no
healthcare officer is managing this emergency with adequate foresight, efficiency, coordination and precision”.
The death of this health professional occurred almost at the same time as the arrival of the second plane from China loaded with material that the region had purchased from the Asian country. The aircraft, according to Díaz Ayuso, has brought 82 tons of sanitary material and 228 beds to Madrid , in addition to the half a million masks that arrived on April 1.
Turkey returns respirators
As healthcare and citizens in their homes struggle to flatten the curve, the authorities do not neglect their other great front: provisioning. One of the good news that was released this Saturday is related to the shipment of respirators that Turkey had detained at the Ankara airport when traveling on its way to Spain. The Foreign Minister, Arantxa González Laya, has announced that the Turkish authorities have released the material, which may finally arrive in our country to treat the most serious patients. Although initially it was thought that the material would be held in the Turkish capital for at least “a few weeks”, in Laya’s words, the situation has turned around and “in the next few hours”the 150 respirators bought by Castilla-La Mancha and Navarra will be able to leave the country towards Spain. In fact, at noon on Sunday, Turkey had already granted licenses to send the purchased respirators to the aforementioned provinces.
In addition, throughout this Saturday two new planes from Shanghai have landed in Spain with more than 3.5 million units of medical equipment purchased by the Ministry of Health to deal with the Covid-19 crisis, which will be Most of them distributed – about three million units – among the autonomous communities to strengthen the health system. The remaining resources will go to the Corps and Forces of State Security, Defense, Penitentiary Health and IMSERSO, among other institutions and public bodies.
The first of the flights, operated by the Italian airline Neos Air, has carried a load of 2.5 million type II surgical masks, of which 2,005,000 will be distributed among the communities. On the other hand, the cargo of the second aircraft, chartered by the Globalia group, consists of 900,000 FFP2 masks, 85,500 protective gowns, 75,560 surgical masks and 580 non-invasive ventilators. These last two games are destined in their entirety to the communities.
In Catalonia, the second Spanish region most affected by the disease, 50 new respirators have also arrived so that the five Catalan hospitals can continue to provide assistance to coronavirus patients in poorer health.
Controls to prevent theft and ‘fake news’
At the daily press conference given by the Coronavirus Technical Management Committee, this Sunday the representatives of the Chief of Defense Staff, Miguel Villarroya, reported that up to now 8,000 military personnel have been deployed throughout the national territory, specifically, they carry out disinfection and monitoring of compliance with the state of alarm in 271 cities. To these agents, we must add those of the Civil Guard. As reported by its spokesman this Sunday, this body has 22,876 agents serving.
Specifically, the General of the Civil Guard, José Manuel Santiago, explained that the Civil Guard has reinforced its surveillance in supermarkets and pharmacies in order to prevent robberies. While the National Police has once again put the focus on the ‘fake news’ that circulates through social networks. “An example is a hoax that we have detected about the benefits of a combination known as SMM or Miracle Mineral Supplement . An alleged graduate in molecular biology states that this combination is the total solution of viruses, and this is information that is totally false . Its use is dangerous and this substance is illegal , “warned the National Police Commissioner José García Molina.
As for the control of movements on highways, the Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, told the press that three million checks have been carried out and the State security forces and bodies have had to raise around 630,000 requests for sanctions. and 2,850 people have been arrested. “A special security plan has been made in residences , where the armed forces have been able to verify a difficult situation to make compatible with humanity,” added the minister.
For his part, the Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalosl, has reported that 20,000 citizens of the country who were sightseeing abroad have already returned to Spain when the state of alarm was declared. To this figure, which was already advanced by the Foreign Minister, Aracha González Laya on Friday, there are more than 190 Spaniards who have stepped on national territory this Sunday after spending several weeks trapped in India , along with 34 other European citizens.
Mandatory masks for everyone?
Although the fact is still in the air as to whether to recommend the widespread use of face masks among citizens to go out on the street, Health said on Sunday that the Government “will not demand anything that cannot be met” and added that They are still studying the possibility of implementing the use of protection material by citizens, but he has pointed out that a firm decision has not yet been made. “When we have decided on the basis of the experts’ criteria, we will make it known,” he stressed.
In case the use of this material is generalized, Illa has made it clear that before they will ensure that there are enough units. A statement that the President of the Government has already put on the table: “We are going to guarantee the supply of masks and gels that we need for hygiene, as far as possible for workers and the general population as a whole.” Illa already pointed out last Friday the possibility of this recommendation based on “a change of position” by the WHO on the use of these protectors.
In relation to them, Sánchez promised on Saturday to “establish controlled prices” for these materials, as has happened with funeral services, so that people with fewer resources can also access them. “It is a requirement that we have imposed as a government. It is a right that citizens have,” he added, while reiterating that in this emergency, “no one will be left behind.”
On the other hand, the Government has allowed the special use of bioethanol , a vegetable alcohol whose use is under review, for the production of hydroalcoholic hand sanitizing gels. In this sense, the Official State Gazette (BOE) already contains an order from the Ministry of Health specifying the special measures to use bioethanol in these solutions, in order to cope with the high demand for these disinfection products. hands that help prevent possible coronavirus infections.
Belgium achieves higher than income
This Sunday the good news also comes from Belgium. The country, according to Europa Press, recorded for the first time in the past 24 hours the highest hospital rates for coronavirus than income . Specifically, there were 504 discharges of infections , while there were 499 hospitalizations. However, the data in the country also has a dark side, since the last daily balance includes 1,447 deaths, 164 more than the previous day.
To date Belgium has 5,735 people hospitalized for coronavirus (57 more than on Saturday), including 1,261 in intensive care , which also add 16 more than the previous day. 995 require assisted respiration and there are 31 with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) that provides cardiac and healthcare.
Closer to finding a cure
A collaborative study led by the Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) of Monash University in Melbourne (Australia), together with the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), has shown in cell cultures that an antiparasitic medicine, called ivermectin and Available worldwide, it is capable of killing the new coronavirus in 48 hours . “We have found that even a single dose could remove all viral RNA within 48 hours and that, furthermore, a truly significant reduction occurs within 24 hours,” the researchers say. However, experts have warned that the tests have yet to be performed on people.
In addition, this Thursday a hopeful news was released . Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) have participated in an international study that has identified a drug in the clinical phase of tests that blocks the effects of Covid-19 in its early stage of infection. Scientists, led by Núria Montserrat, have managed to decipher how SARS-CoV-2 interacts and infects human kidney cells and, from there, have seen the potential of the drug, as published in the journal ‘Cell’.
Along the same lines, the Minister of Science and Innovation, Pedro Duque, encouraged “the possibility that the vaccine will be discovered in Spain “. Specifically, he referred to the team of Luis Enjuanes and Isabel Sola in the coronavirus laboratory of the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB), which “probably before the end of April” could begin animal testing. The complete virus vaccine they are working on is “one of the most advanced in the world or the most advanced” and “it has a much better chance of working the first time” because there is only one other group in the world that works in the same approach and both “are on par”.