faster layoffs, Irap stops and holiday bonuses

A 55 billion umbrella to protect businesses, families and workers from the damage of Coronavirus, which has quickly crossed the borders of the health emergency. The maxi-maneuver confirms the cornerstones of the interventions, from funds to health and civil protection to the renewal of all social safety nets, with the acceleration of the IGC and the autonomous bonus that will come automatically, up to the creation of a bonus for domestic workers and carers and an ad hoc tool, Emergency Income, for families in difficulty.


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Revival decree, go-ahead from the CDM. Conte: «It is worth 55 billion, equal to two budget laws»

There are many measures to accompany ‘Phase 2’, from bonuses to encourage alternative mobility to public transport in large cities (and avoid crowds during peak hours), to discounts and incentives to adapt jobs to the new anti-security rules. Covid up to VAT on the masks, reset to zero for 2020.

FASTER CIG, AUTOMATIC AUTONOMOUS BONUS: The government’s first commitment is to refinance but also speed up the arrival of income support. Faster times for the IGC (another 9 weeks) and also for the one in derogation, which will no longer pass through the Regions but directly from INPS. In 15 days from the application, the institution will pay an advance of 40% of the check. The indemnity for the self-employed will be automatic and always 600 euros for the month of April, while the third month will rise to 1000 euros but for the most damaged. Nearly 4.5 billion allocated.

The relaunch, what it foresees: regularized foreign workers, no to the Irap cut for the banks

SMART WORKING, LEAVE, BABYSITTER BONUS AND SUMMER CENTERS: Hand extended to families, still struggling with schools closed until September. The days of special leave at 50% go from 15 to 30 which you can ask, however, until the end of July. The babysitter bonus also doubles (1,200 euros, 2,000 for health and law enforcement) which can also be used to pay for summer camps. Families with incomes of up to 36 thousand euros will also have a further deduction of 300 euros. Parents can also ask to continue with smart working, provided that there are no mom or dad at home or because they are not working or because they are beneficiaries of income support.

16 THOUSAND PROF, MATURITY FUNDS COMING SOON: We are preparing, however, for the reopening of the schools. The decree allocates one and a half billion between renovations of school buildings and stabilization of 16 thousand teachers. There are also specific funds, almost 40 million, for the cleaning of the classrooms and the protective devices for professors and students who will return to class to support their maturity in a month. 1.4 billion are also coming to the university.

TOURISM PACKAGE, FROM IMU TO HOLIDAY BONUS: In order not to miss the summer season, a substantial tourism package arrives that goes from the stop to the first Imu installment for hotels, hostels, b & b, bathing establishments, spas and campsites to the tax credit for those who choose holidays in Italy, a voucher of up to € 500 for families with Isee up to € 40,000, to be spent partly on accommodation and partly discounted by taxes. To help bars and restaurants to respect the anti-contagion distances, the tax on the additional occupation of public land for outdoor tables is also suspended. Municipalities also expected 100 million for the hole in the tourist tax.

THREE-DIAGRAM FOR BUSINESS AID, STOP IRAP ALMOST FOR EVERYONE: Companies receive three different aids based on revenues, but almost all (with the exclusion of those above 250 million in revenues, less than a thousand businesses) will not have to pass at the cashier in June for the Irap installment. The cancellation is worth about € 4 billion, in addition to the € 6 billion for non-refundable refreshment points under € 5 million (minimum € 1000, calculated on the basis of losses, at 20-25-10%). For smaller companies there will also be discounts on utility bills (€ 600 million) and the 60% rental tax credit extended to all companies. For medium-sized businesses, between € 5 million and € 50 million, there will be a mix of tax incentives for capital increases and the possibility of an intervention by Invitalia with a new ‘Pmì equity fund. Incentives are also provided for individuals who invest in companies damaged by Covid. For companies over 50 million, CDP will come into play. Plastic and sugar tax were then suspended, tax deadlines were postponed to 16 September and compensations increased to 1 million. You also help innovative start-ups.

GREEN BONUS, FROM BIKES TO HOME: Green incentives multiply, from those for mobility (500 euros for bikes and scooters) to the strengthening of the eco-bonus and sismabonus, to 110% if the works will allow a jump in two efficiency classes. For mobility there are also reimbursements for season tickets for public transport and funds for local transport companies.



UAE announces discovery of an innovative treatment for Corona … and confirms: the results are promising

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Friday, the UAE Ministry of Economy granted a patent for an innovative and promising stem cell therapy for infections of the emerging coronavirus (COFED-19).

According to the Emirates News Agency, this treatment was developed by a team of doctors and researchers at the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center, which includes extracting stem cells from the patient’s blood and re-entering them after activation. Patent granted for the innovative way in which stem cells are collected.

And the treatment was tried in the country on 73 cases, which recovered, and the result of the examination appeared negative after the introduction of the treatment to the lungs by inhalation by a fine spray.

Its therapeutic effect is assumed to be by regenerating the lung cells and modifying their immune response to prevent them from overreacting to the Covid-19 infection and causing more healthy cells to be damaged.

The treatment underwent and successfully passed the first stage of the clinical trials, which indicates its safety. None of the patients who received treatment reported any immediate side effects and no interactions were found with conventional treatment protocols for patients / Covid-19 /.

Trials continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of the treatment and are expected to be completed within two weeks.

It should be noted that the treatment was provided to patients in conjunction with traditional medical intervention and will continue to be applied as an aid to the treatment protocols in place and not as a substitute for them.

This treatment, in addition to the medical measures taken, reflects the concerted efforts and commitment of the UAE government to end the epidemic of Covid-19. Non-drug interventions to prevent the spread of the virus, such as staying at home, social spacing, and infection prevention and control measures, remain essential to tackle the disease and its impact on the health care system.

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Deconfinement plan, main measures

► Health: “Protect, test, isolate”

These are the three main objectives which should guide the health doctrine for deconfinement. “ There will be enough masks to meet the needs from May 11 “Assured Edouard Philippe, by specifying that France receives today 100 million surgical masks per week and that 20 million washable general public masks will be available from May 11th. The wearing of these masks will be compulsory in transport and recommended in shops.

To achieve the second objective, the Prime Minister announced that 700,000 virological tests will be carried out each week. This figure was calculated from epidemiological models which estimate between 1,000 and 3,000 the number of new daily cases of contamination from May 11. ” Each new case will correspond on average to the screening of at least 20 to 25 people who encountered it in the previous days “Said Edouard Philippe.

As expected, anyone with symptoms will need to be tested and then “brigades” will do a “job of identifying” all of their contact cases. The novelty is that this mission will be entrusted to health insurance and that the debate on the Stop-Covid application is postponed. Positive people will then be invited to isolate themselves either in hotels or at home. But in this case, the whole family home will be confined for 14 days.

Finally, the deconfinement can be done in a differentiated way according to the territories, according to criteria fixed by the health authorities: the level of circulation of the virus, the tension on the regional hospital capacities in intensive care and the local availability of tests. ” These indicators, their reading, will be crystallized on May 7 to determine which departments switch on May 11 in the category, say, red high circulation (of the virus), or green limited circulation “Said Edouard Philippe.

► A return « very progressive ” at school

I want to leave the maximum flexibility to the ground “For the deconfinement of schools, warned Édouard Philippe. Concretely, this means that the national strategy in this area will be strictly adapted to the local situation.

The Prime Minister has given a national calendar which differs slightly from that announced by the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer. However, there is no question of waiting until September, as the Scientific Council advised. This ongoing return is indeed considered by the executive as a ” educational and social justice imperative, especially for those who have difficulty following distance education

The little ones will be welcomed from May 11. In the nurseries, the children will be ” per group of ten children maximum ” From nursery school, the principle will be ” no more than fifteen students per class ” The opening of primary schools will be ” everywhere on the territory and on a voluntary basis ” parents. Then, on May 18, ” but only in the departments where the circulation of the virus is very weak », It will be the colleges’ turn to reopen, starting with the 6th and 5th grades. ” At the end of May “Will be decided whether or not to open high schools” early June », Starting with vocational high schools.

Regarding masks, these will be mandatory for students from college, as recommended by the Scientific Council. They will be provided to those who have failed to obtain them. Pediatric masks will nevertheless be available to elementary school principals, for example if a child has symptoms. Finally, ” all teachers and supervisors of educational establishments will receive masks which they must wear when they cannot respect the rules of physical distance.

► Companies, maintain telework

Used massively during the confinement phase, the maintenance of telework is strongly encouraged after May 11. Edouard Philippe thus urged companies to keep work at a distance “Wherever possible, at least in the next three weeks.”

The purpose of the measure is to limit contact at the workplace but also to relieve public transport, which will be subject to heavy constraints to respect the rules of distance. Otherwise, the Prime Minister asks employers to set up staggered hours.

Regarding health rules, companies that have the means are invited to equip their employees with masks. Very small businesses and the self-employed will be helped by the state and the regions.

Coronavirus opens new perspectives for telework

Thirty guides and job descriptions have already been published by the Ministry of Labor, in collaboration with the professional branches, to advise companies on the implementation of barrier measures. Sixty are needed to cover all sectors. The Prime Minister asked the Department of Labor to work hard to deliver them by May 11.

Finally, the Prime Minister assured that the partial unemployment scheme – which already covers one in two private workers – will be maintained until June 1. “We will then have to adapt it gradually, to support the resumption of activity if the epidemic is controlled”, said Edouard Philippe. The professional sectors which should remain closed will continue to be “Protected”.

A meeting is planned for Thursday 30 April with the social partners and the Prime Minister, social dialogue to be “Mobilized” at all levels in this delicate phase of deconfinement.

► Transport, one seat in two condemned

A “key” device for economic recovery. This is how the Prime Minister spoke of public transport while acknowledging that respect for physical distance and barrier gestures was particularly there ” difficult ” to implement. In fact, the rules will be strict, starting with the compulsory wearing of the mask at least during the first three weeks after deconfinement. This will also apply in taxis and VTCs whose drivers are not protected by a physical barrier…

Édouard Philippe wants both to rapidly increase the supply of transport, particularly that of urban transport, and to encourage low traffic. He wants 70% of the usual offer on the Ile-de-France networks of RATP from May 11 and “Quickly” 100%.

At the same time, the capacity of public transport will be very reduced compared to normal, especially in the Paris metro. The Prime Minister thus wishes the condemnation of one seat out of two and a marking on the ground, even the limitation of flows in case of crowds. In addition, companies must give priority to teleworking, and, for employees who cannot stay at home, organize a staggered schedule to smooth out peak hours. According to an official of a group of public transport, these rules will only be possible to apply if the attendance remains less than 50% of the ordinary.

As for interdepartmental or interregional trips, they should be reduced “Solely for compelling professional or family reasons”, at the end of the confinement period. “We will continue to reduce the offer, to require a compulsory reservation on all trains – TGV or not–” clarified Edouard Philippe according to which it will be necessary “ discourage travel between departments ”. Especially during the Ascension Bridge.

► Meetings limited to 10 people

After asking the vulnerable and elderly to continue to limit their contacts and outings, the Prime Minister set the rules for travel and gatherings. From May 11, it will be possible to move freely, but, beyond 100 km from home, only for compelling professional or family reasons. The French can also practice an individual outdoor activity. Parks and gardens will reopen, except in the departments where the virus is circulating.

But for public meetings and events, the constraints remain very strong. Thus any gathering in public or private space is limited to 10 people. The practice of sport in the covered places will remain prohibited and the beaches closed, at least until June 1. Small museums or libraries may reopen on May 11, but neither large sites, nor cinemas or theaters. Sports and cultural events gathering more than 5,000 people have already been postponed until at least September. The football season can not resume, said Edouard Philippe, who then had a thought for the cult ceremonies.

It takes note of ” impatience “ faithful but believes “Legitimate not to organize ceremonies before this barrier of June 2”. The deadline is a little closer to that of mid-June recently envisaged by President Macron but will still disappoint the bishops of France who demanded the resumption of masses from May 11. Nothing is acquired at this stage. The authorization of the celebrations will be part of the arbitration that the authorities will end in May. These limitations are very restrictive, acknowledges the Prime Minister, who once again calls for “civics of the French”. The efforts made in the coming weeks will allow “To look at summer under the best auspices”.

► Some businesses may reopen… subject to conditions

Shops will reopen on May 11 Confirmed the Prime Minister. So this is the general rule which will nevertheless suffer from three exceptions. The first, already known, concerns bars and restaurants. The decision to reopen them will not be taken until the end of May. Similarly, the largest shopping centers, those exceeding 40,000 m2, will remain closed because they attract a large clientele favoring ” travel and contacts that we do not want to encourage “. They would be sixty in France. Finally, some markets may also not reopen if a prefect or a mayor considers that this poses a health security problem.

All other businesses will be able to raise their iron curtain. But not in any condition. The stores will have to ensure compliance with the barrier gestures, by limiting the influx and channeling the flows so as to provide each customer with an area “ with a contactless meter

Shops should be inspired by the procedures implemented in food stores that continued to operate during confinement: floor marking, plexiglass protection around the boxes, distribution of hydroalcoholic gel, gloves and masks available to staff. Wearing a mask, moreover, seems likely to extend to the client side as well. ” A merchant may make access to his store subject to wearing the maske, ”said Edouard Philippe.

These general rules will now have to be broken down according to the specific nature of the activities. Obviously, a hairdresser will not have the same problems of proximity to a client as an appliance salesperson. Clothing businesses, for example, will have to develop strict procedures to allow fitting or to supervise the return of goods. So many constraints which will obviously have negative repercussions on the “customer experience”, as the specialists say, and complicate the return to normal life in shops.


the pope calls for “prudence” and “obedience” to the measures

In the debate between the bishops and the Italian government on the possibility of a resumption of the participation of the faithful in the masses, Pope Francis made a point of playing the appeasement, Tuesday April 28, by praying at the beginning of his morning mass at Sainte-Marthe so that everyone respects the measures taken with a view to deconfinement and remains cautious, ” so that the pandemic does not come back

Right now, as we begin to have arrangements for going out of quarantine, pray to the Lord to give His people, all of us, the grace of prudence and obedience to the arrangements, so that the pandemic does not come back not He asked at the very beginning of his morning mass.

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This appeal to the virtue of prudence – which the pope usually uses in its theological sense where it signifies clairvoyance and foresight rather than reluctance – responded to the openings sketched out the previous evening by the president of the Italian Council Giuseppe Conte who announced that he was working on a ” maximum security protocol “With the episcopate. The latter accused him on Sunday evening of violating freedom of worship.

Solving the crisis

On Monday morning, during his daily mass, the pope had refrained from advancing on this debate, but had let, during the day, Vatican officials take a stand.

Is Italy which prohibits mass still democratic? “Asked Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, in the daily on the left Il Reformista.

At the same time, the Holy See is said to have discreetly worked with the Prime Minister and with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in an attempt to resolve the crisis and not feed those who, on the far right, have been denouncing for several weeks already the impossibility of celebrate in public as a persecution of the Church.

“No materialistic attitude of the government”

Finally, Monday evening, on the sidelines of his first trip to Lombardy since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said to himself “ sorry “To have created” understandable regret ”Among bishops by not allowing more, from May 4, than religious funerals limited to a maximum participation of 15 people.

Assuring that he had dialogued with Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia and President of the Italian Bishops, he announced “ work on defining a maximum security protocol so that all the faithful can participate in the celebrations safely

There is no materialistic attitude on the part of the government “, He assured, recognizing” a certain rigidity “Of the technical-scientific committee which advises it” on the assumption that, even in scientific literature, religious practice is one of the sources of homes

“A repairable error”

The opening was welcomed by the Italian Church. ” The Prime Minister and many authorized political and governmental voices have brought new and different accents to the issue. Mistakes can be made and corrected. To prove it, in the duration of the co-responsibility which awaits us, will give more strength and more serenity to all “Wrote Marco Tarquinio Tuesday morning in his editorialAvvenire, the daily of the Italian episcopate, entitled “A repairable error”.

→ ANALYSIS. Deconfinement, Italy restarts piano piano

A way of remaining firm on the positions of principle while showing the responsibility which the Italian Church has shown since the beginning of the crisis, despite the suffering of the faithful.


In South Korea, exceptional measures to vote during the time of the coronavirus

While North Korea celebrates Wednesday April 15 108e The birthday of Kim Il Sung, founder of the regime, his neighbor to the south is organizing the country’s 21st legislative elections. But this year 2020 promises to be special for the 44 million South Korean voters. The authorities of this exemplary country in the fight against the coronavirus, decided to maintain the legislative elections by applying exceptional measures.

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Authorities have called for individual voter responsibility. They invite the latter to appear at the polls between 6 am and 6 pm, wearing their masks. On site, citizens must test their temperature via a laser thermometer. If the body temperature does not exceed 37.5 degrees Celsius, the individual continues on to the urn. He must disinfect his hands before putting on disposable gloves provided free of charge and finally reaching the vote.

Adapting polling stations

In the case where the voter has a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees, he is directed in a separate voting booth and must take a different path to the ballot box, so as not to mix with people without symptoms . In addition to this separation, the polling stations are regularly ventilated and disinfected. At the entrance to each of the country’s 3,508 polling stations, markings on the ground ensure compliance with the mandatory distance meter.

Koreans currently in quarantine have a different voting time slot. Before going to vote, they must register on a mobile application to signify their movement. They then have a little over an hour to go to the polls. They will also be accompanied by an official who acts as an intermediary between the assessors and them.

The president’s party strengthened by the fight against the virus

According to forecasts, participation will not be hampered by fear of the virus which has left 10,500 infected and 222 deaths reported in the country. In the early elections of April 14, the National Election Committee recorded a record turnout with more than 11 million people, or 26.7% of the registered voters. Many preferred to anticipate in order to avoid the April 15 crowds and crowds at the polling stations as much as possible.

→ EXPLANATION. In an uncontained South Korea, the tracking of the patients is little debate

The health crisis should play a significant role in the results of the election. The head of state’s efforts in the fight against the coronavirus could indeed strengthen his outgoing majority party, Minju (right-wing democrat). Since the start of the health crisis in South Korea, the satisfaction rate of citizens with the management of the state has been increasing. A week before the elections, 54% of citizens supported President Moon according to Real Meter, a Korean polling agency.


Spain, Italy, France…: balance sheets are improving and measures are continuing

LThe pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 112,510 people worldwide since its appearance in December in China, according to an assessment established by the AFP from official sources on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. GMT.

More than 1,824,950 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 193 countries and territories since the start of the epidemic. This number of diagnosed cases, however, only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections, with a large number of countries testing only those cases requiring hospital care. Among these cases, at least 375,500 are today considered cured.


Italy announced on Sunday 431 deaths from Covid-19 disease in the past 24 hours, its weakest record since March 19 more than three weeks ago.

Never since that date (427) has this figure fallen below the 500 dead mark. This total of deaths recorded by civil protection is almost a third less heavy than that announced on Saturday (619).

Italy is one of the countries worst affected by the pandemic in the world, with nearly 20,000 dead according to official figures.

“The pressure on our hospital structures continues to drop,” said the head of civil protection, Angelo Borrelli.

For the ninth consecutive day, the number of intensive care patients fell, with 3,343 beds occupied by these seriously ill patients, the lowest level since March 23.

“We have succeeded with the measures adopted to reduce the pressure on what is a key element of our health system,” said Luca Richeldi, pulmonologist at the Gemelli hospital in Rome.

This control of contagion is particularly noticeable in Lombardy, the region of Milan in the north, the most bereaved with more than half of the deaths on the peninsula. Health officials have counted 111 deaths there in the past 24 hours: never in nearly a month (March 14), this number has been as low.

The death toll is “much lower than yesterday and after so many days there is a downward trend,” said Giulio Gallera, regional health official.


Spain, where the 24-hour death toll from the covid-19 rebounded on Sunday, remains “far from victory,” insisted Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, urging the Spanish to avoid laxity.

The third most bereaved country in the world by the pandemic behind the United States and Italy, Spain reported Sunday 619 deaths in 24 hours according to the authorities, a figure rising after three consecutive days of decline. As of Saturday, that number rose to 510, the lowest since March 23.

A total of 16,972 people have died from the disease in the country since the start of the epidemic, including more than 6,000 in the Madrid region. The number of new confirmed cases in 24 hours (about 4,100), however, declined Sunday compared to Saturday, bringing the total to 166,019 while the number of people healed stood at 62,391.

If the peak of the epidemic has been passed, according to the authorities, “we are far from victory, as long as we find this normalcy in our lives,” said Pedro Sanchez in a television address. “We all want to go back to the streets (…) but there is an even greater desire to win the war and avoid a relapse,” he added.

These statements come on the eve of the resumption of work for many Spaniards after two weeks of “economic hibernation” intended to curb the spread of the virus. As of March 30, all non-core economic activity had been halted, a measure affecting construction and industry in particular.

The country has been under general confinement since March 14, which was extended to April 25 inclusive. But Mr. Sanchez has already indicated this week that he should still be.


Shy lull on the coronavirus front: but the French must remain confined after a weekend of Easter under cover and before an intervention Monday evening by Emmanuel Macron where he should announce an extension of the confinement.

“Since Saturday, we observe 220 entries in intensive care and 255 exits, indicated the General direction of health by press release, in the absence of press point of Pr Jérôme Salomon. The balance (…) is negative for the fourth consecutive day, but for only 35 patients, it is therefore a very slight decrease. ”

And the Covid-19 continues to kill. In total, 14,393 people died in France, or 561 more in 24 hours, according to the last official report on Sunday.

“The epidemic continues in our country in a dynamic way and continues to hit hard, insists the DGS. We are seeing the start of a very high plateau but we must remain vigilant because hospital and intensive care services take care of a very large number of patients. We must not relax our efforts and continue to reduce the number of contacts every day to curb the transmission of the virus together ”.

The terms of confinement were also tightened in several regions and 160,000 police and gendarmes were mobilized this weekend to prevent the unruly from moving.

The pressure on hospitals remains strong and the mobilization of “several thousand volunteers” will still be necessary in the coming months, said the director general of Paris hospitals, Martin Hirsch, in Le Parisien.


The UK announced on Saturday 917 more deaths from the new coronavirus, bringing the total toll to nearly 10,000 on its soil, and the government stresses the importance of respecting containment over the Easter weekend.

The parks of London and certain beaches in the South have been visited by many walkers and joggers, sometimes pushing the police to intervene to send home too crowded groups, or those who tanned in the sun, which gives rise to fear of an even more pronounced relaxation .

With more than 900 deaths recorded two days in a row in hospitals, not counting retirement homes, the United Kingdom is the country in Europe where the Covid-19 is the deadliest today while Italy or Spain record recession.

The pandemic took a dramatic turn this week with the admission of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care on Monday, from where he left on Thursday evening.

According to British press, 55-year-old executive recovers from hospital doing sudokus and watching movies such as Lord of the Rings or romantic comedy Love Actually, and has received copies of ultrasound scans from his 32-year-old fiancée , Carrie Symonds, pregnant.

“The Prime Minister continues to make good progress,” said Interior Minister Priti Patel at the government’s daily press conference on Saturday, calling, however, not to forget “the seriousness of the national emergency”. revealed by “the raw numbers”.

The government must decide in the coming days on a possible extension of the containment, decreed on March 23 for three weeks initially. This hypothesis seems very likely because the authorities affirmed that they would wait until the peak is crossed to relax the measures in place, Mr. Powis warning Saturday that it was a “marathon” and not a “sprint “

On average, 84 fines for failing to comply with these measures were raised daily in England and Wales, police said.

Statistics from health authorities remain “alarming” for microbiology professor Simone Clarke. He points out that the United Kingdom should pass the 10,000 death mark on Sunday, whereas it passed that of “1,000 deaths just two weeks ago”.

And “it is now clear that young people or those with a medical history are much more exposed than we thought,” added the researcher, while the health service announced Saturday the death of a child of 11 years.


FMC and ACM municipal associations agree on 55 measures to combat coronavirus

The Federation of Municipalities of Catalonia (FMC) and theCatalan Association of Municipalities and Counties (ACM) have agreed one package of 55 measures to combat coronavirus from local authorities and from the Catalan and Spanish. Olga Arnau, President of the FMC and Mayor of Vilanova i la Geltrú, says that “the main concern” of the municipality is the people and, therefore, all the points in the package of measures “are focused on the social and economic improvement to add from all administrations. ” “It’s time to act in community and defend all groups, we need to act quickly to overcome the health crisis and look to the future to overcome it proactively,” he says.

According to the President of the ACM and Mayor of Deltebre, Lluís Soler, covid-19 has led to “three crises”: health, social and economic. He emphasizes that they do not want to be left “alone” with the attention of the emergency, but to go “beyond” to go out “in the safest, fastest and most resilient way” of the three crises.


In thehealth field, the catalan municipalism bets on the prevention of the pandemic (also in case of possible future outbreaks) by means of the massive tests, the maintenance of the confinement and the reinforcement of the health system, as much for professionals as patients.

Regarding the social crisis, propose the establishment of a social contingency plan that prioritizes and provides resources and tools for the most vulnerable groups who have suffered the pandemic but also envisages “the social and labor derivative of the expected increase in unemployment and precarious situations” in the family, minors and dependencies, in order to anticipate.

The Decalogue calls for redirecting all public policies to social care and job creation, which is secure and of quality, so as not to “chronicle” the social crisis after the health crisis. In this sense, social housing policies stand out, with the suspension of evictions and help to pay for supplies, mortgages and rents.

In the field of economic crisis, the Catalan municipalism calls for the simplification of the spending rule so that local administrations can use their surplus to combat the crisis “with expansionist and anti-cyclic policies” and the suspension of the payment of taxes, fees and taxes. They also call for the preservation of the productive fabric, SMEs, freelancers and jobs in order to “accelerate” the exit from the crisis and the economic recovery.


Off to culture to claim “immediate” measures by the sector

Professionals, companies and cultural institutions support this Friday and Saturday a 28-hour cultural blackout in networks to claim “immediate” measures that can help mitigate the crisis in the sector derived from confinement. The virtual shutdown was born after the words of the Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, saying that it was not time to push for specific economic measures for the sector, because “it is time to think of the sick, how to save their lives and stop the virus.”

With the tag #Apagoncultural and #apagadacultural, he proposes that no cultural content be posted or shared on social networks today or until 12:00 p.m. Thus, the theatrical, musical, cinematographic or museum contents that have helped these days to better confinement will no longer be uploaded.

Among the representatives of the Girona culture who have joined the initiative are festivals, such as the Strenes and the Itaca; theatrical companies and inks like the Empordà people La Llarga, the company Anna Roca or the Association Gironina de Teatre-El Galliner; musicians like El Pot Petit or poets like David Caño. Also the producer La Tornada or the bookshop L’Altell de Banyoles are some of the adherents of the initiative, which also has the support of entities such as the Teatre Llibre de Barcelona, ​​the Mercat de les Flors or the actors Alba Flores and Gorka Otxoa , for example.

Criticisms of the Minister

The state-owned Actors and Actress Union proposal calls on the profession to “achieve the highest impact possible and that culture is not present these days on social media“to criticize the minister’s statements, which they consider to be inadmissible. The union criticizes that the cultural sector does not need” a posteriori “measures but” right now “to more than 700,000 people working in the cultural industry, who “will not be able to access unemployment benefits”.

In response to criticism, this Friday, the spokeswoman for the Spanish government, María Jesús Montero, has announced a meeting of the Minister of Culture with the cultural sector in the coming days, to “study its uniqueness so that they can benefit from general measures”.

The Association of Professional Actors and Directors of Catalonia (AADPC) has also joined the # Apagoncultural – and its Catalan version # Apagadacultural -, while the Catalan Academy of Music claims to the government of the The state has been dismissed by the minister as “immediate” as they recall the loss of his sector to around 130 million only between March and May. For its part, the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CoNCA) has also shown “disappointment” and “deep concern” over the statements of José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes.


Legal Consultation: What are the new measures to protect vulnerable groups against COVID-19?

On April 2, the Government approved the new one Royal decree law 11/2020 to deal with COVID-19. Specifically, they came into force 50 urgent measures to protect the most vulnerable groups, which will remain until the end of the alarm status.

From Prat Sàbat Lawyers will solve all doubts that the entry of the new decree may generate: Who has the right to take such measures? Can I stop paying rent? I need rent money to live, what should I do? I have a business but I can’t pay rent. What can I do?

If you want to ask them any questions related to the new measures of Decree Law 11/2020, you can ask through it office, completely anonymously. Questions can be submitted by Tuesday, April 14. Answers will be posted by April 16.


in Israel, the haredim defy health measures

Jews in Israel haredim (literally “God-fearing”) are over-represented among the patients of Covid-19. The country has officially recorded 36 deaths from the new coronavirus and more than 7,000 cases. According to local media, half of them are ultra-Orthodox Jews, while they represent only about 10% of the country’s population.

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The coronavirus awakens the thorny question of the management of ultra-Orthodox communities by the Hebrew State. In fact, they knowingly neglected the very strict instructions issued by the Israeli authorities from the start of the pandemic.

In mid-March, when Israeli authorities had already banned gatherings of more than 20 people, dozens of them gathered to celebrate a wedding in Beth Shemesh. On Sunday March 29, others organized a funeral procession for the burial of Rabbi Tzvni Shenkar, a community figure haredim, while the government had just announced the total containment of the population. “We cannot create a prison in Bnei Brak. The locals will not allow it and it will just create the opposite effect Rebelled Bnei Brak’s mayor Abraham Rubistein in The Jerusalem Post.

“A rejection of everything that comes from the state”

This distrust of haredims is explained by “A rejection specific to their community of everything that comes from the Israeli state, which they do not recognize as such”, explains Alain Dieckhoff, research director at CNRS and co-founder of the International Religious Observatory. “Their refusal of health standards crystallizes a refusal of everything that comes from the state, like military service, for example, which the ultra-Orthodox also refuse. “

The situation is serious in terms of health. Several doctors were indignant at this unconsciousness, fearing that the figures would worsen in the days to come.

But this situation is also politically embarrassing for the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, supported by ultra-Orthodox. “They are the backbone of the right-wing and far-right coalition currently in place in Israel, recalls Denis Charbit, lecturer in the department of sociology at the Open University of Israel. Even on the side of the Israeli left, there is a kind of embarrassment: nobody wants to stigmatize this already isolated community which contributes to the multiculturalism of the country. “

Deployment of soldiers

Yet the government has decided to act. Especially since the Minister of Health, Yaacov Litzman, himself from the ultra-Orthodox community, and his wife admitted to having tested themselves positive, forcing Benjamin Netanyahu to place himself in confinement.

Friday, April 3, the Prime Minister gave the green light to the deployment of soldiers to Bnei Brak to ” assist “ civil authorities. They will distribute food and medicine, help evacuate some people with symptoms of the virus and conduct a “Information campaign” because number “Ultra-orthodox” do not consult the same media as the rest of the population.

Some rabbis have agreed to order the closure of yeshivot (religious schools) after claiming that “Stopping study even one day is a greater risk to the survival of the Jewish people than the coronavirus”.

Concern for Passover

Authorities’ concern remains, however, approaching the Passover celebrations, Jewish Easter, which are scheduled to take place between April 8 and April 16. Will Israeli families, both Orthodox and secular, resist the tradition of the Seder meal?

Again, the rabbis divide. Some believe that in a situation “Emergency” like the pandemic, it is legal to use a computer (and therefore electricity) to celebrate the holiday with ” the elderly “ and or “Sick”. But the Chief Rabbinate of Israel opposes it. “Loneliness is painful, and it must be remedied, perhaps by talking to each other on the computer the day beforehe replied. Not by profaning on a holiday. “