today children under 14 have been allowed to leave their
homes in a controlled manner and Spanish Prime Minister
Pedro Sánchez announced yesterday that adults
may also be allowed to go out for exercise and
walks from next Saturday 2nd May but only if
the infection statistics continue to show a downward
trend. In a news conference last night, he said "If
we act with prudence, this first relief measure will
be followed by another one a week later. If the evolution
of the pandemic keeps moving in a positive manner, starting
on May 2nd outings will be allowed for individual activity
and for walks with the people that we live with."
Prime Minister explained that the de-escalation of confinement
measures would take place throughout May but warned
that there was no rush to re-open Spain. "I
would like to convey to you that importance of being
cautious. This is not a race to see who is the first
to re-open a shopping centre or a small business."
He added that the lifting of restrictions will occur
at different speeds depending on the situation in each
of Spain's 17 regions. "We will not advance
at the same speed but according to the same rules ...
in an asymmetric but coordinated fashion. We will do
it as a team", adding that it might not only
differ between autonomous communities but could be down to
provincial and even municipal level. The Government
will be responsible for the management of the de-escalation,
despite protests from the Catalan and Basque Country
regional governments who want more control of how the
measures are rolled out.
did not go into further details about the relaxing of
restrictions for adults but confirmed that the de-escalation
plan, which will cover the month of May and could
be extended into June, will be approved by the
Spanish Cabinet early next week. It will be based on
experts reports, as well as recommendations from
the World Health Organisation (WHO), which will analyse
the rate of infection, hospital capacity (health authorities
should have the means to double ICU capacity if necessary),
testing capacity (all patients should receive PCR tests
when admitted to hospital, for example) and the
ability to identify and isolated infected people. He
said "The second stage is fraught with risks
and dangers. We cannot under-estimate the enemy and
we need to act with prudence" and warned
that the health system must be capable of responding
to the outbreak of another epidemic if necessary.
admitted that the crisis cannot be overcome until there
is a vaccine for COVID-19 which is not expected for
"many months" but he stressed that
there have been "partial victories"
such as the reduction of infections from 35% before
the State of Alarm was imposed to 1.5% now and that
the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of
new cases for the second day in a row.
details on the easing of restrictions for adults will
be outlined once the order has been approved but they
are likely to be similar to those for the children
under 14: maintaining social distancing up to 2 metres,
prohibiting social interaction with others outside the
immediate household, frequent hand-washing and the use
of face masks in certain conditions.
from various sources.
Date: Sunday 26th April 2020