MADRID (AP) – While most of Europe was closed on 2021 with earlier curfews or stay-at-home orders, authorities in Spain insisted on new coronovirus variants saying that havoc is nowhere else because of cases There is no blame for the rapid resurgence and that the country can survive even a complete lockdown, as its hospitals fill.
The government is shutting down harsh domestic imprisonment altogether, such as having paralyzed the economy for nearly three months in the spring of 2020, the last time Spain could claim victory over a stubbornly growing curve of affairs.
The rate of infection increased in October, but did not increase completely from summer. Matters started climbing again before the year was over. In the last month, in 18,000 cases from 14,000 residents per day at a rate of 14 days, from 10,000 to 522 per 100,000 on Thursday.
About 39,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday and more than 35,000 on Thursday, some of the highest daily increases.
The increase is again jeopardizing the capacity of the intensive care unit and burdening exhausted medical staff. Some facilities have already suspended elective surgery, and the eastern city of Valencia has reopened a temporary hospital used last year.
Unlike Portugal, which is running on a month-long lockdown on Friday And doubling the fines for those who do not wear masks, Spanish officials say, will be enough to take small, highly localized measures that restrict social ceremonies without affecting the entire economy.
“We know what we have to do and we are doing it,” Health Minister Salvador Illa said at a news conference on Wednesday, rejecting a national home imprisonment order and “advocating for measures that would cause a second wave.” Were a success during the period. “
The government’s top virus expert Fernando Simone attributed the recent increase in cases over Christmas And the celebration of the new year. “The new version, regardless of its impact, will be at least a frontier in our country,” he said.
But many independent experts disagree and say that Spain does not have the ability to conduct extensive sequencing of samples to ascertain how the new variants have spread, and that it was confirmed by 88 more that about 200 suspected cases Which the authorities have largely imported from the UK underestimating the real. effect.
Former Director of Healthcare Systems at the World Health Organization, Dr. The Associated Press should immediately implement a “stricter but less” four-week imprisonment, said Rafael Bengoa.
“We don’t get where we need to be by trying to do as little as possible to affect the economy or for political reasons,” Bongoa said.
The situation in Spain is completely opposite with other European countries. That cases have shown a similar sharp jump, with more of them blaming the more infectious version previously found in the UK
The Netherlands, which has been closed for a month, has begun to reduce the pace of infection. But with 2% to 5% of new COVID-19 cases from the new variant, the country requires air travelers from the UK, Ireland and South Africa from Friday to not only provide a negative PCR test before leaving for a maximum of 72 Takes hours. But also a rapid antigen test result immediately before takeoff.
France, where a recent study of 100,000 positive tests showed about 1% infection of the variant, imposed curfew until 6 pm, And Health Minister Oliver Vernon have not rejected the order to stay indoors if the situation worsens.
The political issue in other European countries has not been questioned on the possibility of current lockdown or mandatory imprisonment.
Ireland instituted a complete lockdown after extensive transition was found to be tied to the new version. Italy has a color-coded system that activates a strict lockdown at its highest or red level, although no region is currently in place at that time.
In the UK, the new version’s scientific evidence has silenced some critics of the sanctions and prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to implement measures that are stricter but slightly milder than the nation’s first lockdown.. People have been ordered to stay home except for limited necessary visits and exercise, and schools have been closed, with few exceptions.
In Germany, where the recent 7-day rolling average daily cases have shot up to 26 per 100,000 people, many high-ranking officials are arguing that the current strict imprisonment order should be tightened and beyond its current end Should be increased. End of January
Nordic countries have rejected full-compulsory lockout rather than imposing strict limits on gatherings and certain activities. Residents have been asked to follow specific recommendations to limit the spread of the virus.
In Sweden, the issue is both legal and political, as no law exists that would allow the government to restrict the mobility of the population. Urging residents to refrain from going to the gym or library, Swedish Prime Stefan Löfven said last month, “We are not following our strategy,” before adding, “We don’t believe in total lockdown.”
Policy controllers in Spain hold a similar view, although it remains to be seen whether the results will prove them wrong. On Thursday, he insisted that vaccination would soon reach a “brutal pace”.
Former WHO expert Bengo said that vaccination would not fix the problem immediately.
“Trying to keep up with the virus and with these figures for months has to live with a very high mortality rate and the possibility that new versions are made,” he said, adding that the new version of the virus is widely used Can be identified in the UK from. The original version sounds like “a good one”
A researcher from the University of Leicester and the University of Catalonia, Drs. Salvador Macip says that the combination of spiral infection and uncertainty over new variants should suffice for a more restrictive approach, but this epidemic fatigue is making such decisions more difficult for countries like Spain with polarized politics.
“People are fed up of making sacrifices that lead us nowhere because they see that they have to repeat them,” Macip said.
Associated Press writers across Europe contributed.
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