The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has considered the evolution of the pandemic in Euskadi “worrying”, after the health emergency was lifted just fifteen days ago, and has assured that he expects the increase in cumulative incidence the last few weeks did not lead to a new wave and the return of the management of the Civil Protection Plan council (LABI).
Urkullu has referred during his speech in the presentation of the Euskadi Social Health Strategy 2021-2024 to the epidemiological situation of covid-19 and recalled that “just 15 days ago” the health emergency situation was terminated, after which “we continue to increase the cumulative incidence rate”, although “the situation in ICU beds is stable and, furthermore, very light, for the moment”.
“We said 15 days ago that hopefully we do not have to return to a wave situation that we had to manage from the council of the Civil Protection Plan.”
“It is true that we have a relaxed ICU bed occupancy level for the moment, but it is also true that we are increasing the occupancy of hospital beds,” he said.
In his opinion, “what is worrisome is also the situation that is occurring in the basic reproductive index.” “Let us make those considerations our own when we say that we have learned a lot from the pandemic,” he said.
Euskadi will keep the mask in the patios
The Basque Country will maintain the obligation to wear a mask in courtyards for children under 12 years old, according to Gotzone Sagardui.
The Minister of Health recalled that the virus “is seeking its survival” and achieves it “by settling in the most vulnerable populations.”
“At the moment, the child population under 12 years of age is one of the most vulnerable that we have because there is no pediatric vaccine that we can administer to them,” he added.
For this reason, he believes that it is necessary to avoid that in the schoolyards “they cannot play with each other, having to keep their distances” if they do not wear masks. “Let’s help them!”
The counselor explained that the use of the mask is one of the preventive measures “for everyone, to avoid this contagion and prevent the virus from spreading.” In this sense, he believes that children under the age of twelve should wear it in the courtyards “to protect them” because it is not to “annoy them.” “We are trying to maintain its normality in this end of the pandemic,” he said.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.