The President of the Principality, Adrián Barbón, has spent his first night in Central University Hospital of Asturias after being admitted as a precaution. Barbón has communicated, through his social networks, that the variant of which he has been infected is omicron, the new mutation of the virus that is entering the community with force. Currently, the Principality has a majority of positives coming from the delta variant, although the omicron begins to pick up speed after the results of the PCR to which citizens are submitting.
Thanks for so much darling.
I am in the best hands, those of the men and women who make up Asturian public health. Thank you for all that you do for all of us.
I want to inform you that the variant I have is the omicron.
I reiterate the call to get vaccinated.
– 🌹 Adrián Barbón 💙💛 (@AdrianBarbon) December 18, 2021
Barbón has taken advantage of his message to insist on the importance of vaccines. “I reiterate the call to get vaccinated,” he insisted. The also general secretary of the Asturian socialists was going to be re-elected this weekend in a congress in which almost 500 delegates were going to participate in person. The established protocol stated that all participants had to undergo an antigen test, a test in which the Asturian PSOE leader tested positive as did several delegates. Among those infected is also the mayor of Siero, Ángel García, although with mild symptoms. Some socialists had already shown their discomfort during the week at maintaining the conclave in person despite the impact that the new wave is causing. From the Asturian Socialist Federation They insisted that the telematic possibility was ruled out since the party statutes do not allow it.
With the FSA congress suspended and no new date on the horizon, Asturias is about to enter the key week of December with Christmas Eve and Christmas just around the corner. With an incidence of more than 650 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the Principality is currently the sixth community with the worst data, only surpassed by Navarra (1.359), Basque Country (1.038), Aragon (843), Castile and Leon (703) and The Rioja (698). The same happens with the seven-day AI, a section in which the Principality has grown to 405 cases. With these figures, the Principality entered this week at high risk.
Will there be any new restrictions? The authorities are reluctant to adopt measures due to the festivities, but the truth is that a week ago the Asturian government spokesperson made it clear that the debate on the establishment of the COVID passport, with prior judicial authorization, it is only a matter of time. Added to this is the possibility of returning to restrictions on the hostelry, a decision that neighboring communities have already adopted such as Galicia where interiors and terraces already have eight and 15 people, respectively. Regarding the restrictions, Barbón rejected this Friday to be delaying them due to the celebration of the FSA congress. “I have made very tough decisions to think that I am waiting for the congress to be held to take measures,” he insisted, although some socialist positions do maintain private that the roadmap went through the celebration of the conclave and, later, approve new measures to try to stop the new wave of COVID-19.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.