Spain’s top coronavirus expert has given a stern warning to citizens who are acting as if the epidemic has ended now that the government has relaxed measures against the spread of contagion amid the rapid rollout of vaccines
Fernando Simone, who heads the Health Ministry’s Emergency Coordination Center, said he was unable to predict how contagion rates would develop after sarcastic scenes.
Simone took that as a personal failure, which failed to transmit the urgency of being vigilant to the public, but also to members of the media and politicians who put an end to the most widespread sanctions in a celebration.
“We do not know how many people will be admitted to the ICU,” the official said.
The two-week rate of infection in Spain, a variable closely watched by epidemiologists, fell from 198 on Monday to 188 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Monday. Variables closely watched by epidemiologists peaked at around 900 in late January and have since been on track to close the light-off in mid-March.
More than 3.5 million confirmed coronovirus cases have been reported in the country since the onset of the epidemic and more than 78,000 deaths.
Opposition parties have blamed Spain’s ruling Center-Left alliance for aggravating a state of emergency or drafting a new law that seeks the country’s 17 regional governments to seek court approval to implement measures that restrict basic freedoms. Will stop you.
But Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Monday reiterated that he considered the current legal framework sufficient to fight the epidemic.
Simone said he hoped any new infection would affect people under the age of 60, with only those with essential jobs getting coronovirus jabs.
The expert said that he believed the impact on older people could be lessened.
Almost one in three of Spain’s 47 million residents have received at least one coronavirus vaccine shot and 6 million people, most of whom are above 70, have been fully vaccinated.
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