The Prime Minister, Pedro Snchez, has anticipated the possibility of further relaxing the confinement measures starting next week, specifically, from May 2. The new relief will give citizens the opportunity to go out for sports individually and family walks. It will be the Ministry of Health that decides definitively the activation of this measure and the conditions that should be met.
This measure depends on the fact that throughout the week it is verified that the departure of the children, which can be carried out from the same morning, does not entail any spike in infections. In this sense, Snchez has asked extreme “caution” and “responsibility” to parents so that they strictly comply with the regulations that the Ministry of Health has imposed.
The president explained that the de-escalation is expected to begin once the current extension of the state of alarm ends, that is, from May 10.
This stage of de-escalation will be “gradual” and “asymmetrical”, or what is the same, depending on the territories. And also be “coordinated”, that is, “with the same rules” although the speed is different.
Snchez has also announced that next Tuesday he will bring the de-escalation plan to the Council of Ministers and present it himself to all citizens, despite the fact that he said “we still have hard times” because “victory is not yet close” . The technical requirements of the plan, which will be extended throughout the month of May, will be finalized on Monday after listening tomorrow to the regional presidents.
“The maximum will be one: we enter this pandemic together and we will leave together. The de-escalation has to be in a team, asymmetrically, yes, but coordinated,” he warned. “We all have to go hand in hand, leaning on the shoulder, elbow to elbow.”
Snchez has insisted that “some of us are the insurance of others” so there is no need to make this new stage “a race in which if someone falls, they drag the rest.” And as he has been repeating in recent days, he has called for unity.
In an attempt to anticipate the “centralization” reproaches leveled at him from various autonomous regions, mainly Catalua and Pas Vasco, the president has denied the most and has insisted that the government’s mission is to “pilot”, “coordinate” and direct the “scorecard” to reinforce the capacities of the health system, primary care, the number of ICU beds, epidemiological surveillance, the execution of PCR, the identification of infections and collective protection measures.
Most of the Autonomous Communities have already prepared their own plans for lack of confidence, but the president has warned them that coordination and gradualness will be in the hands of the Government, which will decide based on technical and health parameters and not according to a calendar of pre-established dates. The philosophy is “not to jeopardize what was previously achieved”.
In relation to the debate that is taking place within the EU to arbitrate a multimillion-dollar aid package to face the economic consequences of the pandemic, Snchez has flatly rejected that they could lead to conditions.
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