The new measures that Health and the communities agree onn on Friday to face the coronavirus outbreaks they begin to take effect at a time when the increase in infections places some territories andn levels prior to the end of the alarm state, and even from March to April.
Precisely to try to stop this alarming number of new cases and avoid a second wave in the health crisis, the limitations and recommendations were approved, already in force in La Rioja and Murcia and that will be activated at midnight on Sunday in Castilla y León and Cantabria.
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In Navarra will be approved on Wednesday, and in The Balearic Islands are expected to publish the measures on Monday or Tuesday, while the rest of the autonomies will be activating them throughout the next week.
There are eleven mandatory measures, together with three recommendations and a reminder, that affect seven areas -ornight service, hospitality, social health centers, mass events, specific screenings and consumption of alcohol and tobacco – and that communities can expand and reinforce.
If these actions also failed to stop the transmission of the virus, the next scenario considered would be decree the alarm state again.
The first hours of application of the agreement between the Ministry of Health and the regional governments has coincided with a day peppered with data that show that the virus continues to spread, although the figures have two exceptions: the number of tests carried out has been increasedor with respect to previous months in the health systems and the healthcare pressure is still far from the saturation experienced in the spring.
With these exceptions, in general terms, the global number of infections is at its highest since the closure of the state of alarm at the end of June. And in some territories, specifically, the Health departments have reported figures that they exceed the daily spikes of infections in March or April.
Catalonia, for example, has notified 1,044 new positives in the last 24 hours, 76 less than those registered yesterday Saturday (1,120), and 13 deaths, as reported this Sunday by the Department of Health of the Generalitat, which has added that 592 patients they continue to be admitted to hospitals, of which 119 are in intensive care units.
The Basque Country, in a health emergency
Euskadi has added 610 new infections, which is the third highest positive data since the start of the pandemic, a few hours after the health emergency in the region is activated again. Eighteen new patients have been admitted to Basque hospitals and 14 remain in the ICU awaiting evolution.
Navarra has registered 160 new positive cases, the highest number since the beginning of the so-called “new normal”, and no deaths, although there are six new hospitalizations.
Andalusia has registered 455 new positive cases -79 fewer than those detected from Friday to Saturday-, and the number of admitted has grown by thirteen to 171 in total, of which 34 are in the ICU, five more than yesterday, and five people have died.
Murcia celebrates the fifth consecutive day beating its own records in the count of infections since the first was detected on March 6, a situation aggravated with the appearance of a new outbreak in the residence for minors in Alguazas, where 17 of the 23 users and seven of the 31 employees have tested positive.
The figure of 43 cured between midnight on Friday and Saturday is clouded by the increase in five of the number of admitted to hospitals up to 78, although one of them has left the ICU, where there are 13 left.
Asturias has confirmed fifteen new cases, which are not linked to the 13 outbreaks detected since the end of confinement and among which are two health workers from the Hospital del Oriente, in Arriondas.
Canary Islands has added 146 new infections in the last 24 hours, most of them in Gran Canaria, with 95. The archipelago has 1,025 active cases, of which 972 remain at home, 47 are hospitalized and six are in the ICU.
Cantabria has registered 102 new cases between this Saturday (63) and what goes on this Sunday (39). Until 00:00 on Sunday, there are 596 active cases, of which 25 are hospitalized and none in the ICU.
In Castilla y León, nine more people join the 117 admitted in hospitals in the region, of which two have had to be treated in the ICU in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected patients in intensive care to eight.
The good news is that the gates of the Valladolid municipalities of Íscar and Pedrajas de San Esteban are once again open to their nearly 10,000 inhabitants and for citizens who want to visit them after two weeks of confinement.
Estremadura has registered 24 positive cases and has reported one death, an 86-year-old man who was admitted to the Hospital de Coria and who was the index case of the outbreak -imported from Madrid- detected in this municipality of Cáceres, which brings 523 victims caused by the pandemic in the region.
In Galicia, two sick people have died and 124 people have been infected in the last hours, which adds 1,282 infected in this community.
Meanwhile, the Community of Madrid will begin carrying out 6,000 random coronavirus detection tests this Monday to residents of the Carabanchel, Usera, Vallecas and Villaverde districts of the city and the municipalities of Alcobendas and Móstoles, who show a higher incidence of the disease.
This Monday, the automatic capacity control device will also be expanded to 148 metro stations, and, in the coming weeks, it will be implemented in all suburban stations, except TFM and ML1.