Sagardui warns that the evolution of the pandemic in Euskadi is “really worrying”



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The counselor stressed that this Saturday there have been 37 new admissions in the hospital floors, including a pediatric admission, which also increases the “tension” in the health care network.

The Basque Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, stated this Sunday that the evolution of the pandemic is “really worrying” in Euskadi, with 800 new cases of covid-19 calculated for today and more hospitalizations, one of them of a minor.

Sagardui has indicated that at the moment no case of the new variant of the virus, called omicron, has been detected in the CAV.

In statements to the media in Bilbao, Sagardui has indicated that this Sunday the 800 positive cases, after a Saturday day, he recalled, in which diagnostic tests always decrease, which will increase the cumulative incidence rate, which last Wednesday stood in Euskadi at 374.64 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.

The counselor stressed that yesterday, Saturday, there were 37 new admissions in the floors of Basque hospitals, including a pediatric admission, which also increases the “tension” in the health care network.

They are also giving new admissions in ICUs, which are offset by some casualties and “unfortunately some death,” he added.

Last Thursday, in Basque hospitals, there were 215 people with covid-19, of which 36 were in intensive care units and 179 on the floor.

“Clearly we are not managing to stop the advance of the pandemic,” said Sagardui, who has highlighted that the situation is “really worrying.”

“If other measures are necessary, we will have to adopt them”

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The counselor has indicated that the pandemic continues to rise, “despite the call to maintain preventive measures”, for which she has indicated: “If other measures are needed, we will have to adopt them.”

Asked about the new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, detected in South Africa and which has numerous mutations, which are related to a possible increase in transmissibility and a decrease in the neutralization capacity by antibodies, has indicated that “for the moment” no case of this new variant, although health officials are still “alert.”


Regarding the protests by denialist groups, such as one held yesterday in Bilbao, Sagardui said: “I don’t understand them; I don’t understand their lack of solidarity.”

The counselor has stressed that there is “evidence” of the effectiveness of vaccines and the use of the mask to avoid infections and that they are milder. “What is it they don’t understand?” Sagardui asked himself, adding that deniers put themselves and others at risk.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of the coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council phone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate spaces, keep a safe distance, and wash hands.

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