Why does California have low COVID-19 numbers in the US drama? – Telemundo 52

LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.

So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.

“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).


California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.

In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.

“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.

Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.

Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.

 Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
 California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his


California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.

“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
 the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.

Cautious tone

 Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been

Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.

For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.

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The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).

The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”

The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.


Escobar: patients were transferred before the closure of the sanatorium with 23 cases of coronavirus

It is the San Carlos Sanatorium in Maquinista Savio that was closed preventively, after the lack of compliance with medical protocols was determined by those who until today were its owners. After signing the transfer of the institution to the municipal orbit, the mayor of Escobar, Ariel Sujarchuk, and the holder of the PAMI, Luana Volnovich, took possession of the San Carlos Sanatorium and supervised the transfer of the patients.

“Today we said enough is enough. We are a management that does not escape problems. Therefore, to avoid more infections and deaths, today we take charge. With the commitment, rationality, heart and vocation of service that characterizes us, we face a new challenge on our way to deepen the best medical care for all our neighbors and especially our older adults “, Sujarchuk emphasized.

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Photo Municipality of Escobar

The patient transfer operation began around 7:30 p.m. Once completed, the Municipality will order the preventive closure of the clinic to fully sanitize the building. At the same time, swabs will be carried out on all health personnel and special monitoring will be carried out on the 23 workers and patients who have already been quarantined for having tested positive for coronavirus.

“We are intervening because we detect that the protocols are not being followed. Given the impossibility of those responsible for the institution to respond and comply with established protocols, together with the Municipality we decided to intervene in the clinic to refer patients and disinfect. This is the beginning of a joint work between the Municipality and PAMI to improve medical care ”Volnovich stressed.

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Photo Municipality of Escobar

Escobar will manage the Sanatorium San Carlos from Saturday, May 2. For that, together with PAMI, 20 multiparameter monitors and 70 continuous infusion pumps were purchased, among other medical supplies, to improve the quality of medical care at the center.

The acquisition of the shares of the sanatorium does not represent any cost to the municipality, whose Health Secretary, Juan Manuel Ordóñez, He will be at the forefront of the transition management in coordination with the professional teams of the national body and the provincial ministry. Then, in charge of the interim management, will be the doctor Carolina Guida.


Covid-19: The pandemic mortgages the future of children who have nothing | Future Planet

Daniel Awuley looks a bit more concerned this week than on other days. They are days of meetings, of trying to find effective plans for the future, of trying not to leave anyone out of them. “They come from all parts of Ghana, especially from the poorest regions in the north of the country. They come because here in Accra, the capital, they have it easier to do business, to earn some money, ”he explains. Awuley is director of Chance for Children, a local NGO dedicated to the protection of children, and talks about the children who live on the streets of the city, those who are homeless, those who take the opportunity to spend the nights in the local markets when the merchants sell closing their businesses. “I think that in the coming weeks, they may face a really difficult situation,” he says.

Coronavirus has sneaked into Ghana more than unequivocally (the country has already reported more than 1,100 positive cases and almost a dozen deaths from covid-19, as of April 23, although the figures are outdated on a daily basis ), and measures to try to stop contagion have happened in recent weeks: entry ban on citizens of countries with more than 200 confirmed cases first, quarantine forced on all visitors later, order to close schools, churches and universities, ban on funerals, congresses and conferences, closure of borders and disinfection of the main markets and, finally, confinement of the cities that concentrate a greater number of population. Despite this, the country’s president, Akufo-Addo, who also promised a special plan to fight the effects of the pandemic for which he would allocate 100 million dollars, he lifted the confinement last Monday, April 20, and affirmed that this measure would help to better track positive cases of the disease.

“Children who live on the street are going to be very exposed. Some have already told us that they are afraid because of what they hear and that they think about returning to their places of origin, although many do not know if it will be possible, “continues Awuley, who fears that a confinement like the one lived in the country for three weeks, similar to that experienced in most countries where the new coronavirus ravages, becomes a double-edged sword for all these minors. On the one hand, the dangers of living without shelter, continually exposed to disease. On the other, their inability to earn money: the majority is dedicated to selling water, cookies or groceries on the streets, a business that disappears when the Government forces people not to leave home as other African nations have done, such as South Africa, Rwanda or Zimbabwe. “They work in the so-called informal sector and they are definitely going to suffer a lot without even a chance to earn any money,” summarizes Awuley.

Some seven million Ghanaians live below the poverty line

Chance for Children has three centers spread across various cities in Ghana, serving 100 street children daily. This number, however, does not reflect the magnitude of the problem. According to the Unicef ​​State of the World’s Children reportIn 2016 Ghana had about 95,000 orphaned children and this, the orphanage, is one of the main reasons that lead children to live on the street. The NGO led by Awuley estimates that, in Ghana, there may be around 100,000 children who lived on the streets of their country before the pandemic, figure that has been corroborated by different means. It is a phenomenon that, in reality, is repeated too frequently throughout the planet: different United Nations estimates they indicate that the number of minors in the world who are homeless and who make markets or makeshift shacks their home rises above 150 million.

One of the aspects that can invite optimism is that, in countries where the pandemic causes the most deaths, victims under the age of 19 are almost insignificant, and Ghana, like other nations in sub-Saharan Africa, presents a fairly young population pyramid: Almost 40% of Ghanaian citizens, a country with just over 28 million inhabitants, are under the age of 15. The average age of the continent, as Bill and Melinda Gates recently remembered in a letter made public since its foundation, it borders on the 18 years, although this fact does not save them from a possible disease nor from its more immediate indirect consequences.

Condemned to work

Totsa Totsa says that he does not know how old he is, that it is impossible for him to know. He believes they are 10, that he will be 11 next summer, although there may be some more. “Before studying here, I spent about three years selling soap on the streets in Ho, the capital of the Volta region. I lived with my mother in a town, but she sent me to the city with a lady to earn some money doing this, “he recalls. The one that the little one tells is a common picture on the streets of Ho, Accra and many other Ghanaian and African capitals. “After this time, my mother decided that I should come with a relative of hers here, to Tema, and it was this family member who decided that I should come to school,” she says.

Totsa speaks a couple of days before the order to close schools sitting at a desk in the Dominic Savio Center, of the Italian organization Comunita della Missione di Don Bosco, collaborated with the Salesian Missions, a center located in a humble neighborhood in the town of Tema New Town and destined to provide schooling for around twenty kids a year. Those who come to this center are children who dropped out of school at an early age, who live difficult economic situations in their family environment and who have often had to work before. Ultimately, children who add to those statistics that nobody wants to be part of, not even in Ghana. Almost 24% of the population in this nation lived below the poverty line in 2017 (figure that shot up to 39.5% in rural areas), and 8% of Ghanaians did so in extreme poverty, according to Unicef ​​data.

But new measures against the coronavirus have sent children home, a remedy that in such an impoverished, scarce family environment can mortgage the future of thousands of children. “I will give you an example: we close the school for two months, from July to October, when classes begin, and many of the little ones start to beg. It is relatively common in this area; As they have nothing to do, the kids ask for and get money to help their family, “explains Moira Nardoni, coordinator of the Salesian project in Tema. “This is not like in the countries of Europe, that the students can do homework during the confinement. Here, if they can’t go to school, they start doing other things, not homework, “says Nardoni.

Around 100,000 minors are homeless in Ghana

The truth is that Ghana faces a problem of child labor and even slavery of considerable dimensions that can be aggravated by the consequences of the coronavirus. Different sources they indicate that around 50,000 children worked alone in Lake Volta (the largest reservoir in the world with about 8,500 square kilometers), one of the most dynamic areas in the country. AND an extensive investigation by the humanitarian organization International Justice Mission showed in 2013 that, of all of them, approximately 60% had been a victim of child trafficking. This number, and also those given by Unicef to encrypt children working today in sub-Saharan Africa (around 48 million) and in the world (150 million) can increase more than significantly if the pandemic is replicated in Africa, where health systems are much more precarious, where the overcrowding of the population is the usual trend both in homes and in workplaces, the deadly effects it leaves in other countries such as Italy, Spain or France. In fact, the latest data does not paint a hopeful future: the continent already has around 21,000 positive cases and more than 1,200 deaths.

“I do not know how all this will affect the lives of their families, but I think that many still do not understand what the severity of the pandemic may be,” said Nardoni. And, finally, he mentions another one of those invisible problems that hangs over his head these days of despair, which does not bear the name of any virus but that usually causes, at least, the same suffering and more deaths than epidemics. “At school we had a lunch and I know that for many of the children it was their most important meal of the day.”

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China’s difficult closure of wild animal markets

Civets, owls, rodents, snakes, monkeys, pangolins, peacocks, porcupines and other exotic Chinese “delicacies” were officially banned from sale and consumption in wild animal markets on February 24. The order was given by the standing committee of the Chinese Parliament which wants “Abolish the bad habit of consuming too much wild game and effectively protect the health and life of the people”.

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Bats or pangolins (perhaps both) are strongly suspected of being the cause of the global Covid-19 pandemic which has forced containment of more than half the planet. According to the official Chinese speech, the fate of these tens of thousands of wild animal markets in China therefore seems sealed. In reality, we will have to wait until the end of the year before this new legislation is incorporated into the law for the protection of wildlife …

Wild animal markets have already reopened

Meanwhile, dozens of markets like Huanan in Wuhan, where the coronavirus epidemic is believed to have started, have reopened in the provinces of Guangxi, Jiangxi and Yunnan. Eating habits die hard in China as elsewhere: if the consumption of wild meats has decreased in big cities, it continues to illustrate a certain social success. “My father, a businessman in Hunan, always invites his customers to eat rare and expensive dishes to show his success”, regrets Émilie Chen, 30 years old.

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“China will be able to publish all the laws it wants, and there are already many that relate to wildlife markets, but as long as there is no real control of market directors, provincial authorities and mafia networks that manage this business, it will be useless ”, warns Jean-Marc Chaumet, agroeconomist and specialist in the livestock market in China. He recalls that the economic, commercial and social dimension of this market “Is huge”.

100 billion euros and 14 million people

According to the 2017 Chinese Academy of Industry, this economy generates nearly 100 billion euros a year and employs more than 14 million people. Not to mention illegal traffic which is not counted. With subsidies and financial aid, the government itself has continued to encourage activities linked to the breeding of wild animals in recent years.

The authorities quickly forgot the first SARS epidemic in 2003 (800 dead and 8,000 cases in China, 300 dead in Hong Kong). Already at the time, Beijing had banned the hunting, trade and consumption of wild animals. Tens of thousands of civets, responsible for the epidemic, had also been drowned or electrocuted. But these bans were lifted three months after the crisis ended.

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Rather than banish this trade, China then attempted to organize it. The National Forest and Grassland Administration has announced that 54 species of wild animals, including the civet, could be sold and consumed, but only if they came from livestock farms. These farms are generally in the hands of conglomerates based in the major cities of the country who directly negotiate the authorizations with the provincial authorities.

A civet at 200 €, an owl at 240 € and 120 € per kilo of pangolin…

Problem, the trafficking of wild animals has not disappeared with the establishment of livestock farms. In 2019, an administration in the south of the country issued a permit to breed pangolins to a steel company in Guangdong, which is itself involved in trafficking 50,000 pangolins from Nigeria. According to the testimony of a former member of the Foundation for the Development of Biodiversity and Preservation of Nature, a Chinese NGO, “These companies that traffic these animals are the country’s biggest criminals, worthy of the arms and drug traffickers.”

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Under the pretext of “Protect wildlife”, this new system has not stopped promoting the large-scale development of a juicy business. On the wild animals market, the civet sells for 200 € each, the owl 240 €, the peacock 140 €, the pangolin more than 120 € per kilo… The meat of rarer animals sometimes reaches 300 or 400 € for some monkeys and even more for the tiger or bear paws.

Behind the scenes of these “official” breeding farms, supposed to be well controlled, there are also poachers who continue to hunt animals which will be sold later under the label “farm breeding”.

The weight of the Chinese pharmacopoeia

Another difficulty is that various laws are superimposed around the wildlife trade, with rules on food, skin and furs and even the traditional pharmacopoeia. The latter in fact needs the scales of pangolins, rhinoceros horns, bats, bear bile or deer yards… Chinese medicine, according to many experts, represents the greatest obstacle to the ban on wildlife trade.

Beijing in fact continues to defend traditional medicines, a national “treasure” that generates 130 billion euros per year in revenue in China. Officially 85% of patients treated for coronavirus were treated this way.

“If China really wanted to put an end to this reality, it would have the means, political and coercive”, assures Jean-Marc Chaumet, who still doubts: “Only the argument of health risk, given the Covid-19 disaster, could really push it to eradicate the wild animal markets. “


Artists fight to collect unemployment after the closure of cultural spaces

The artists will demand this Friday atPublic administrationsto pay for the actions canceled by the coronavirus crisis and the closure of cultural spaces to compensate theactors, actresses, musicians and dancersthat “they are doomed to extreme situations bordering on social exclusion and indigence” after the decree of the state of alarm.

This is one of the proposals, along with the one to have the right to unemployment, that the general secretary of the Union of Actors and Actresses will propose,Iñaki Guevara, in the telematic meeting that he will hold together with 29 other representatives of the cultural scene with the spokesperson and Minister of Finance,Maria Jesus Montero, and the head of Culture,José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.

The creation of some ‘bonolibros’ for the acquisition of reading copies, the reduction of VAT from 10% to 4% or the ‘specialization’ of officials to meet the specificities of the sector are some of the requests that the sector will convey to the ministers , reports Europa Press.

Guevara attends the virtual meeting “containing the air” but hopeful for Montero’s participation.“I have more confidence in her than in the minister”, she acknowledges while remembering the “tremendous” disappointment she felt on April 8 when Rodríguez Uribes declared that there were no specific measures for culture.

Live for today

“First, health and then,cinema“Rodríguez Uribes proclaimed before the stupor of many artists who“live up to date” and cannot access benefitsunemployment despite the decrees signed by the Government to alleviate the economic damage in Spanish households.

Iñaki Guevara insists on demanding that the Executive protect the sector with urgent measures that allow access to contributory benefits or unemployment benefits “that have already been contemplated for other workers especially hit by the crisis” of covid-19.

“We are dying, but starving and drowned by the ordinary payments of every citizen”,warns theactorIñaki Guevara in the document that he will present to Montero and Rodríguez Uribes and that has been endorsed by the autonomous performing arts workers and the rest of the sector’s unions.

All agree that it is “essential that any prohibition of work be accompanied by social measures that protect” the employee affected by this stoppage of activity that has lowered the curtain on cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, libraries, bookstores and museums.

“The measures until now approved by the Executive have absolutely no application in the artistic sector due to the intermittency that characterizes their profession at work,” they emphasize.

State Pact

This appointment occurs a day after the minister met telematically with the councilors for Culture of the autonomous communities, Ceuta and Melilla and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (Femp) to promote a “state pact”.

Everyone agreed on the need todeclare the cultural activity as a “good of first necessity”to preserve it against possible future crises and to do everything possible “so that no one is left behind” in this phase of resistance of the global pandemic that has taken artists and citizens off the cultural stage.


In New York, the school closure puzzle

When she heard the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, announce, Saturday April 11, that the schools of the city would remain closed for the remainder of the school year, Kanokwan Sire wondered: ” What will I do ? “.

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Mother of two teenagers in middle and high school, she tries to participate as best she can in the follow-up of online education set up in disaster by the city. The prospect of having to continue until June, the month of the start of the holidays, did not delight her. ” I feel bad for my children. Learning is not the samesame as in a classroom. The participation either. It’s difficult for everyone “, she says.

The extension of the school closings has yet to be decided by New York State governor Andrew Cuomo, but the latter is expected to follow the mayor despite their political differences. A dozen states in the country have already decided not to reopen their schools until September.

Over 1.1 million children in school

The decision is particularly fraught with consequences in New York, a city with the largest school system in the country. More than 1.1 million children are enrolled in the municipality’s 1,800 public schools. Three-quarters of them come from low-income households, eligible for free or discounted meals. 12% are not native English speakers. More than 100,000 young people are homeless and find themselves following distance education in unsuitable accommodation centers.

When the Covid-19 crisis and pressure from parents prompted Bill de Blasio to announce the temporary school closings on March 15, authorities faced an unprecedented logistical challenge. Some schools had to remain open to serve as take-out points for the poorest families. Some 175,000 laptops and 66,000 i-Pads have been sent to children without equipment to follow online educational programs. Another 200,000 devices are to be made available by the end of April, according to New york times.

To make matters worse, the City’s Department of Education asked teachers in early April to stop using the Zoom videoconference platform due to concerns over student data protection.

Monitoring complicated school work

Since March 23, the City has set up specialized centers to accommodate children of “ essential workers »(Health staff, delivery people, taxi drivers, etc.) and support them. But for the other parents, often living in the characteristic small apartments of New York and still having to juggle their professional activity, the current situation is a headache. New York City hasn’t released online course attendance figures yet, but Bill de Blasio has hinted that they are not good.

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Living with his companion in a spacious apartment, Kanokwan Sire considers himself lucky. But she admits that monitoring school work and homework is complicated. ” I do not have the authority of the teacher “, she says. Like other American students, his children are used to finishing school early to do their extra-curricular activities.

Today, they are stranded at home in confinement, although it is voluntary in New York. ” Lack of interaction with friends is difficult to live for children, says the mother. Still, it would have been too dangerous to reopen the schools right away. At least the children learn that it is important to unite to beat this virus. “


Seven municipal police officers from Guaynabo test positive for the coronavirus

The mayor of Guaynabo, Ángel Pérez Otero, announced today that seven municipal police officers tested positive for the coronavirus while announcing that the disinfection of the headquarters of the Transit Division of the Municipal Police of Guaynabo, which had been closed preventively, was completed.

After the cases, 44 municipal agents remain in quarantine.

The barracks have been closed since last Thursday, when a police officer tested COVID-19 positive. At that time, 41 police officers stationed at the barracks and at the Office for the Protection of Victims of Gender Violence were quickly tested, 7 of whom tested positive.

“As I anticipated last Thursday when I ordered the preventive closure of the barracks, the disinfection work was carried out today,” said the mayor.

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“I ordered the preventive closure of the headquarters of the Traffic Division of our Municipal Police to protect our agents from the spread of Covid-19. In addition to the disinfection of this barracks, the facilities of the Office for the Protection of Victims of Violence were also disinfected Gender, “he explained.

The duties of the Division officers were reassigned between three barracks, and a specialized unit from the command center.

Meanwhile, the mayor assured that the services of the Office for the Protection of Victims of Gender Violence have not been interrupted, and called for the rules to prevent contagion.

“The health of our staff and of the entire town of Guaynabo is our highest priority at this time. All of our efforts are directed at managing this emergency, with the safety of all employees providing essential service to the residents of Guaynabo as a guide. “said Pérez Otero.

“The way in which we will get out of this quarantine soon, is that we all stay in our homes. The exits must be only for emergencies. We request cooperation from our residents and solidarity for our comrades who are on the front lines of struggle, serving and protecting us all, “he concluded.


A German NGO ship with 150 migrants asks for help before the closure of ports

The Government of Germany has asked this Friday for a“coordinated support” to the European Commission in the face of the emergency situation facing the ship ‘Alan Kurdi’, of the non-governmental organization Sea Eye, which has about150 migrants on board.

A government spokesperson has indicated to the DPA news agency that the main problem iswhere can migrants and refugees disembarkfrom Libya now that countries like Italy and Malta have announced the closure of their ports due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ‘Alan Kurdi’, who rescued more than a hundred migrants off the Libyan coast, is on Friday in front of the Italian island of Sicily waiting forachieve a safe port to dock.

The organization’s spokesman, Gorden Isler, has explained that, previously,the Italian Coast Guard had had to evacuate a young man from the ship“for psychological and health reasons”.

Sea-Eye reported Thursday that the ship’s captain, Bärbel Beuse, asked Italian rescue authorities for food,medicines and fuel for the boat. According to the NGO, food suppliesthey have not arrivedto the ship, where the migrants hardly have room to sleep.

The Ministry of the Interior has stressed that the Government isanalyzing the possibility of temporarily landing in alternative placesand that, for this, it is in contact with several European partners. However, the Italian Government considers this to be the exclusive responsibility and obligation of Germany, which, for its part, has said that it is ready to make a “constructive contribution”.

The ‘Alan Kurdi’ is theonly private ship currently operating off the coast of Libya. Italy has received fewer migrants since it imposed confinement because of the coronavirus. However, dozens of migrants arrived in the country during the month of March. The Interior Ministry has highlighted that all of them have undergone tests for Covid-19 before being subjected to a two-week quarantine.


Moscow’s confinement decree requires specification and adaptation to federal legislation

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The measure announced on Sunday by the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobianin, to decree the general confinement in Moscow as of Monday has raised controversy, no longer among the population, but between certain leaders and legislators. So Sobianin will have to polish his disposition to adapt it, as the Russian senator, Andrei Klishas, ​​has pointed out, to the country’s Constitution and federal legislation.

“According to Article 55 of the Constitution, restrictions on the rights and freedoms of citizens are only possible through a federal law approved for this purpose and for constitutionally significant purposes, which means that the introduction of such limitations is the exclusive competence of the Parliament and the president, ”said Klishas, ​​who is president of the Constitutional Committee of the Federation Council (Russian Senate).

In fact, in the Russian media there is already talk of an apparent collision between the Mayor of Moscow, President Vladimir Putin, Parliament and the Government. Some publications even point to an alleged “eagerness” of the country’s Security Forces to take the initiative, with the intention of bringing the situation to the curfew and the complete closure of the Russian capital.

Except for five cases

Sobianin arranged on Sunday that Muscovites will not be able to go out on the street from today Monday except in five specific cases: when it is necessary to go to the doctor for an emergency, to go to work, those who are bound to it, to buy food products or medicines at the nearest store or pharmacy, to walk the dogs at a distance of no more than 100 meters from the place of residence and to throw out the garbage. In all other cases it will be possible to leave the residence only if you obtain a special permit issued by the Moscow City Hall. In addition, an “intelligent control system” for home confinement will be established.

This same measure has already been adopted throughout the Moscow region and in the Murmansk region in the north of the country. For its part, the Russian Government proposes that the rest of the territorial entities In the country, study the advisability of applying mandatory home self-isolation in its districts, as ordered by the Moscow City Council.

“Take notes”

“I ask the leaders of the Russian regions to take note of this measure and study its application in their territories,” said the head of the Russian Executive, Mikhail Mishustin, today in a meeting with his deputy prime ministers. Mishustin see no contradiction between what was arranged by Putin last Wednesday, when, in addition to postponing the popular consultation for his stay in power, he declared the current week non-working and advised citizens to stay home, and the measures adopted in Moscow by its mayor.

According to the prime minister, the provisions of Sobianin and the governors of some regions “are a logical continuation of the president’s policy in the fight against the coronavirus ”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov has also been quick to point out that Putin supports Sobianin’s measures in the capital. But they will have to do many things and polish others.

The spokeswoman for the Moscow City Hall, Gulnara Penkova, has clarified that «all the inhabitants of Moscow will receive special passes to leave the house, even for once with the objective of carrying out some management, if they justify the urgent need to do it ». Apparently, online issuance of permits using QR codes is planned to show the Police and avoid fines and unpleasant situations. The question is whether the Moscow City Council has enough staff to handle all requests.

It has not been clarified whether it will be possible access banks and ATMs Nor how and to what extent will the police device that should supervise the confinement work.

Sobianin has warned that “gradually and consistently we will tighten the necessary control that is required in this situation.” In his words, “20 percent of Muscovites fail to comply self-isolation measures». Precisely today, the Government has approved the tightening of fines for skipping quarantine. According to the data provided today, the number of infected by COVID-19 in Russia has increased in the last 24 hours in 302 cases, bringing the total number to 1,836. The death toll is already 10 and there are about 200,000 people under medical observation on suspicion of contracting the coronavirus. 25 percent of those affected were infected within Russia while the rest imported it from abroad.