The Basque Government will declare the Health Emergency next Monday in view of the growing evolution that the expansion of the coronavirus is having, as EiTB has learned.
At 12:30 on Saturday, the Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructure Arantxa Tapia and the Minister of Health Nekane Murga will give more explanations in a hearing.
The objective of declaring the Health Emergency again is to have a legal framework that allows adopting the necessary measures to try to contain COVID-19, mainly in the field of leisure, in order to be able to guarantee the school year in September, and an industrial and business activity “normally”.
Contagions in the Basque Autonomous Community have skyrocketed in recent days and, although this Friday the new positives have dropped slightly (59), reaching 510, the number of people hospitalized has risen to 136, of which 13 are in the ICU.
Yesterday was a particularly complicated day, which registered 569 new infected with covid-19 (200 more than the previous day), which was a return to the data of last March.
The increase in contagion was already being an object of concern in the Basque Government in recent weeks and, in fact, on August 6, the Minister of Health, Nekane Murga, appeared to warn that it was, “without a doubt”, before a second epidemic wave, and to appeal to the responsibility of the Basques to reduce social activity “to the maximum”.
This call was reinforced two days later by the location of the lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, “for the responsibility and co-responsibility” of the citizens, given the risk “of suffering again and enduring past situations.”
This same Thursday, Murga affirmed, in a new press conference, that the Basque Government would declare a Health Emergency if the expansion of the coronavirus continued to grow at the same rate. The Executive already resorted to this legal tool in the first weeks of March to deal with the pandemic. It was on the 13th of that month when the Lehendakari, in a public appearance, declared a health emergency to face the health crisis.
Publication in the BOE
The Basque Government is working to publish in the BOPV, next Monday, the 17th, the triple regulations that will declare the situation of Health Emergency in the Basque Country, the formal activation of the Basque Civil Protection Plan, LABI (Decree 153/1997 of 24 June and Decree 1/2015 of January 13) and the assumption by the Lehendakari of sole command.
According to sources from the Executive, next Tuesday, the 18th, the Lehendakari will also preside over the first meeting of his advisory committee of the single command of LABI.
At the same time, the Basque Government is working on the application “as soon as possible, and in agreement with the rest of the Autonomous Communities”, of the measures agreed this Friday in the Interterritorial Health Council, as well as other “complementary ones already studied. if necessary “.
Precisely, tomorrow the Minister of Health, Nekane Murga, and the Minister of Economic Development and Infrastructure, Arantxa Tapia, will offer a press conference in Bilbao to update the data on the evolution of the pandemic.