The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, announced this Sunday that the Conference of Presidents to agree measures against the sixth wave of coronavirus -that the Executive proposed on Saturday- the Wednesday, December 22 in the afternoon and the meeting was justified by the need to “intensify actions” against the virus. “We cannot accept this accumulated incidence as good“Sánchez pointed out in an institutional appearance from the Government Delegation in Barcelona, in which he has advanced that in the meeting -which will take place electronically from the Senate- he will analyze with regional leaders the evolution of the pandemic and the” shared measures “that will be carried out to stop it, although it has sent a message of” tranquility “to the public.
Sánchez has affirmed that, although the accumulated incidence of Spain –511 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days– “it is still lower than that of the neighboring countries, we cannot accept it as good” since it is a warning that there is “a real risk to the health of our compatriots”, which “requires intensifying actions in the face of expansion of the virus “.
The chief executive has clarified that the sixth wave “has different characteristics and affects us in very different circumstances.” In this sense, he highlighted that, with higher numbers of infections than a year ago, ICU hospitalization and occupancy figures are “lower”.
For the Prime Minister, this is a sign that “vaccinations work” and that the health crisis “can only be tackled in the light of science”. Sánchez has highlighted, in this line, the high percentage of the population vaccinated with the complete schedule, the 90% of those over 12 years old, and the advance of the third doses and of the infantile vaccination. “Vaccination is the best weapon against the virus and we must persevere in it: get vaccinated, vaccinated and vaccinated,” he indicated. In addition, he has highlighted “other complementary measures that have always yielded good results “, as the use of mask.
“The virus is still with us and its fight must remain a priority for all public administrations “, has assured Sánchez, who has advanced that Wednesday’s meeting should serve to” evaluate new measures that we can implement over the next several weeks. “
Pedro Sánchez has finished his appearance by launching a message of “tranquility and trust” to the population as a whole. “We have walked the most painful part of the road together and together we are going to complete this journey by protecting the lives and health of our compatriots,” he concluded.
Moncloa sources have assured TVE after the appearance that the Government does not want to “condition the debate” and that aims to “listen first to the autonomous communities” before deciding on measures concrete, but rules out a new confinement or the decree of the state of alarm, for which a state of exception would be necessary. The sources insist that the communities have “sufficient tools to act” and have competences for them and they do not rule out that measures be agreed “before Christmas”.