As reported yesterday in El Espanol, the worsening of the coronavirus epidemic has led the Government to consider mobility restrictions in the autonomous communities without having to resort to decreeing a new state of alarm.

According to the information collected by EL ESPAÑOL in various regional governments, the Ministry of Health has shown them its concern about the evolution of those infected and the increase in hospital admissions. In those conversations, the need to take new measures has been conveyed to them in an “informal” way if there is no change in the current trend in the coming days.

The measures would mainly affect the mobility of people and would mean, in practice, “taking steps backwards” . The sources consulted speak of initiatives “similar to those of Phase 2” of the de-escalation, but more limited and not limited to the provinces, but at regional level. In Phase 2, travel between provinces was prohibited.

Since limiting mobility affects a fundamental right and would directly imply the approval of a new state of alarm in Parliament, the Government would be contemplating flexible alternatives that would make the measures legally viable without having to go through the Congress of Deputies.

The new rules should be presented by Salvador Illa at the next Interterritorial Health, which will be held next Thursday, the 27th. And the idea that the Government has transferred to the Communities is the option of delaying the start of the school year while waiting to see how the situation evolves after these new restrictions. It will also be expected to verify the result of the application of the latest package of measures that includes the prohibition of smoking, the limitation to a maximum of 10 people in the terraces and restaurants or the closure of nightlife.

“Forcefulness”

The Minister of Health asked on Wednesday for “forcefulness” to the autonomous governments when adopting decisions aimed at reducing infections. The reality is that Spanish hospitals have been registering more admissions than discharges in recent days . Health reported this Friday that the day before there were 765 admissions for 658 discharges .

The return of millions of people to their homes at the end of August and the opening of the school year could complicate the situation. And even more so when with the arrival of autumn the conventional flu returns.

The Autonomous Communities with the highest occupancy of hospital beds as a result of the epidemic are Aragon (13.6%), Madrid (9.8%) and the Basque Country (9.1%).