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The PP takes its legal ‘plan B’ to Congress to avoid a new state of alarm over Covid

While the Community of Madrid does not stop improving its data against the coronavirus, taking congratulations from the international media that speak of a “miracle”, other communities such as Asturias register very worrying figures. The last that we know of the weekend are very bad: the autonomies have notified the Ministry of Health 38,273 new cases of COVID-19 during the weekend and 484 new deaths. The positive note is found in the vaccine: Moderna has already presented hers with 94.5% effectiveness.

The PP takes today to Congress its legal ‘plan B’ to avoid in the future a new state of alarm over Covid

The Popular Group will defend this Tuesday to the Plenary of Congress its proposal for an Organic Law for the Protection of Health and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms that articulates a legal ‘plan B’ – in the words of Pablo Casado’s party – through ordinary legislation to avoid having to resort in the future to the exceptional measure of the state of alarm if the pandemic persists.

The leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, has been defending this legal plan for months as an alternative measure to the state of alarm to give security and certainty to the autonomous communities and believes that it could be approved in a couple of months. “I hope it is supported by the Socialist Party, as the president himself, the vice president and the minister of Justice promised,” he told the Executive Committee of his party last week.

The spokesperson for the Popular Group in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, has already begun to contact some parliamentary groups to seek support and trusts that the PSOE at least does not impede the processing of the initiative. However, both the PSOE and United We Can have preferred not to advance the meaning of their vote.

In the text, which is signed by the previous party spokesperson, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, the PP assures that by resorting to the “maximum exceptionality” contained in Article 116 of the Constitution, the Government “confined the Spanish and cut their basic rights of citizens, such as free movement, assembly, freedom of establishment, freedom of worship and others ”.

The PP stresses that it is time to abandon “the path of exception” of the state of alarm – extended up to six times – and prepare a legal response that allows the joint protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens, “without prejudice to the fact that the The State is also in charge of looking after their health ”, especially when the health crisis has not ended, the virus has not been defeated, nor has a vaccine yet been found.

“In the face of these imminent or future risks, it is essential to provide ourselves with a legal instrument as soon as possible, which allows, from legal certainty, institutional normality, and regulatory validity, to face this type of situation without implying or renouncing the constitutional rights, or political negotiations that distort the sole purpose in these situations, “says the PP in its proposal.

The PP proposes in its initiative to modify the third article of the Organic Law 3/1986, of April 14, on special measures in public health, so that the health authority may, to control communicable diseases, carry out actions general preventive measures and adopt measures to control the sick, the people who are or have been in contact with them and the immediate environment.

These measures, as it continues, will include “the compulsory submission of suspected persons to public health observation; quarantine or apply other sanitary measures for suspected persons; isolation and treatment, when appropriate, of the affected persons, as well as the location of those who have been in contact with suspected or affected persons ”.

In addition, the health authority may ‘control or limit the entry and exit of the affected or threatened area and control or
limiting movement within said area, which may affect the right to free movement and wandering on public roads, as well as the right to assembly, which may be conditioned on its exercise both in specific places and in the number of people “. As he adds, all measures “will be taken in accordance with the principles of necessity, suitability and proportionality.”

In the same initiative, the PP proposes the reform of Law 29/1998, of July 13, regulating the Contentious-Administrative Jurisdiction so that the contentious-administrative courts authorize or ratify the measures that the health authorities consider “urgent and necessary for public health and imply deprivation of liberty or another fundamental right ”.

According to the PP, it is “reasonable the demand for judicial ratification of the administrative act in cases of deprivation of liberty or forced medical treatment (quarantine rules or involuntary medical procedure).” However, he believes that the restriction “would be possible by means of a governmental act that weighs the circumstances of proportionality, suitability and necessity, without prejudice to its subsequent judicial control.”

Brussels approves an advance of 16.8 million European funds to Spain to combat the pandemic

The Budget Committee of the European Parliament approved on Monday a proposal to release a total of 823 million euros from the EU Solidarity Fund, which includes an advance of 16.8 million European funds to Spain to combat the pandemic of the Covid-19.

Of the total amount approved, seven countries – Spain, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Croatia, Hungary and Portugal – will receive advances totaling 132.7 million euros in response to the serious health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. early 2020.

These seven countries had requested advances and the amount received represents, in principle, 25% of the total contribution. Specifically, Spain will receive 16,844,420 euros in advance of a total aid of 67.38 million euros.

In addition, Croatia will receive 683.7 million to mitigate the damage of the earthquake that affected the capital and its surroundings in March 2020, a concept for which a first payment was already released in August.

Likewise, more than 7 million will be allocated to help Poland with the reconstruction of after the floods in the province of Podkarpackie Voivodeship last June.

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) was created to intervene in the event of serious natural disasters and bring European solidarity to the affected regions of Europe. In the framework of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII), its scope was expanded in 2020 to help countries in the fight against the health emergency.

In total, 19 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain) and three countries Accession countries (Albania, Montenegro and Serbia) have requested assistance in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

Simón sees drawbacks in performing COVID-19 antigen tests in pharmacies

The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simón, has warned of the inconveniences that can cause testing for COVID-19 antigens in pharmacies, as raised this Monday by the Minister of Health of the Generalitat, Alba Vergés.

The Catalan official has announced that she is working with the Catalan pharmacy network so that they can also perform coronavirus diagnostic antigen tests. Vergés has clarified, however, that they need authorization from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), dependent on the Ministry of Health.

The coordinator of the COVID-19 monitoring unit in Catalonia, Jacobo Mendioroz, has argued that they have to guarantee that the people who perform the tests are protected, that the spaces are correct to carry them out and that the privacy of the patients is ensured. . Thus, it has advanced that they will prepare a framework document to determine all these conditions that ensure that the antigen tests will be carried out and interpreted “with all the guarantees” epidemiological and safety.

At a press conference this Monday, Fernando Simón pointed out the “connotations” that the application of these tests would have in pharmacies. “These tests require a sample that, to guarantee their quality, not just anyone can do,” the epidemiologist from the Ministry of Health recalled first.

According to Simón, its performance involves “problems”, for example, of competence issues when taking samples and reading the results, together with the question of who could or could not go to the pharmacy to take the test. Thus, he has warned of the situation of people who already have symptoms, that they should not leave their home to avoid infecting others.

“We cannot think that a person with symptoms will go to a pharmacy and get tested. Pharmacies should have a COVID circuit. They run the risk that their own staff could become infected and lose their workers. There are many components… We have to be aware of the associated risks ”, he commented.

In this sense, experts have been referred to ultimately judge whether all these associated risks and others could be salvageable with some type of protocol. «If they cannot be solved, they cannot be solved. They will have to be correctly assessed by the experts ”, he concluded.

Health reports 38,273 new cases and 484 more deaths

The autonomous communities have notified the Ministry of Health on Monday 38,273 new cases of COVID-19 during the weekend, 3,321 of them diagnosed in the last 24 hours. This is a much lower figure than the 52,386 the previous weekend.

The global number of infections in Spain already rises to 1,496,864 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official statistics. The accumulated incidence in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 470, compared to 498 on Friday and 529 last Monday, with a total of 221,147 positives in the past two weeks.

Of the 3,321 positives diagnosed yesterday, 303 have occurred in Andalusia, 266 in Aragon, 236 in Asturias, 63 in the Balearic Islands, 59 in the Canary Islands, 130 in Cantabria, 31 in Castilla-La Mancha, five in Castilla y León, 359 in Catalonia , seven in Ceuta, 41 in the Valencian Community, 106 in Extremadura, 501 in Galicia, 247 in Galicia, 15 in Melilla, 37 in Mrucia, 142 in Navarra, 713 in the Basque Country and 60 in La Rioja.

484 new deaths were added to this Monday’s report, compared to 308 on Friday and 512 on Monday. In the last week, 1,082 people with a confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis have died in Spain. Up to 41,253 people with a positive diagnostic test have died since the virus arrived in Spain, according to data collected by the Ministry.

This is how the 1,082 deaths from COVID-19 are distributed in the last week in Spain: 187 in Andalusia, 162 in Aragon, 133 in Asturias, seven in the Balearic Islands, seven in the Canary Islands, 15 in Cantabria, 55 in Castilla-La Mancha, 134 in Castilla y León, 26 in Catalonia, seven in Ceuta, 66 in the Valencian Community, 42 in Extremadura, 74 in Galicia, 55 in Madrid, four in Melilla, 40 in Murcia, 32 in Navarra, 16 in the Basque Country and 20 in La Rioja .

Currently, there are 20,452 patients admitted for COVID-19 throughout Spain (20,296 on Friday) and 3,156 in the ICU (3,125 yesterday). In the last 24 hours, there have been 1,520 admissions (2,117 on Friday) and 790 discharges (2,241 on Friday). The occupancy rate of beds occupied by coronavirus is already at 16.54 percent (16.15% on Friday) and in ICUs at 32.80 percent (31.75% on Friday).