The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, will appear in the Congress of Deputies on February 24th to account for the state of alarm and the coronavirus crisis. He will do so 70 days after the last time he went to the Chamber for such a task. At this time, from December 16, 2020 until last Tuesday, February 9, 2021, when the Secretary of State for Relations with the Courts, Jose Antonio Montilla, communicated to Congress the appearance of Sánchez for February 24, the pandemic has caused in Spain 14,465 dead and the British strain has spread for two months.
Specifically, the Ministry of Health, still at the time with Salvador Illa as head before being a candidate of the PSC to the Generalitat, reported on December 16, 48,598 deceased for coronavirus hours after Sánchez appeared in Congress on the state of alarm. While on Tuesday, February 9, after the Board of Spokespersons of the Lower House was informed that Sánchez requested to appear on February 24, Health encrypted in 63,061 official dead by Covid-19 in Spain, 766 in the previous 24 hours. In addition, it reported more than three million infections. It should be noted that Moncloa does not count in this registry those deceased with coronavirus symptoms but without prior confirmation.
The extension of the state of alarm until May 9 that the PSOE-Podemos government carried out with the Frankenstein majority required Sánchez to « request » the Chamber to appear each « two months ». Moncloa uses the term « request », despite the spirit of the rule, to request the appearance of Sánchez in time, that is, within months, but delaying the celebration of the same as much as possible, in this case, a week after two months had elapsed since the last time, which was the December 16, 2020. Also the former Minister of Health Salvador Illa, in his case on a monthly basis, resorted to this maneuver so as not to appear in the Chamber neither in December nor in January, before leaving office in the middle of the third wave to attend the Catalan elections of 14 -F.
« Hidden »
On January 19, the general secretary of the PP, Teodoro García Egea, announced that his parliamentary group had registered the urgent appearance of Sánchez in an extraordinary plenary session of Congress (January is a non-business month) due to the « worrying » data of infected and deceased by coronavirus in the third wave. «Didn’t Sánchez say that this was a war against the virus? What is the general doing hidden in the bunker? ”García Egea wondered at a press conference in Genoa.
The following week, January 25, the Permanent Delegation of the Congress of Deputies, with the votes of PSOE, Unida Podemos and its nationalist, separatist and pro-ETA partners, rejected this initiative of the Popular Party so that the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, would appear urgently to « clarify whether it plans the practice at some point of some measure of real utility to control the pandemic. Precisely, that day and in view of the rapid expansion of the new strains of Covid-19, the European Union It recommended that member states isolate those areas with more than 500 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants. A threshold that most of the autonomous communities exceeded.
PP and Ciudadanos expressed their discomfort at Pedro Sánchez’s delay in appearing, taking into account that the British strain was detected in Spain on December 17, that is, the day after his previous appearance, without the Government having adopted effective measures in this regard beyond canceling flights with the United Kingdom from 22 December.
End of March
The Ministry of Health reported Thursday that they have registered 613 cases of the British variant, seven of the South African and three of the Brazilian. The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simón, stated a few weeks ago that the British strain could be dominant in late March.
In this context, the Community of Madrid requested on February 10 the Government of Pedro Sánchez to oblige to carry out ten day quarantines to all the people who come from Brazil and South Africa. “With the British strain we are late. Let’s not be late again, « claimed the Executive of Isabel Diaz Ayuso. Moncloa canceled flights from Brazil and South Africa from past February 3, allowing only entry to Spanish and Andorran nationals or residents in Spain or Andorra. Last Wednesday, February 17, a week after Ayuso’s request, Minister Carolina Darias announced the adoption of said measure with ten-day quarantines.