Cantabria has passed to health alert level 4 due to the number of people with coronavirus admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU), which today are 29, which represents an occupation of 27.6 percent. Between Sunday and Monday morning, in addition, there have been four new deaths from covid-19 and 236 more positives. The number of victims already rises to 269 in the region.
In addition, the number of hospitalized has risen to 179 (22 more than the day before) and the situation is also “getting complicated” in nursing homes, where there are currently a hundred active cases and 21 admitted, according to the Minister of Health, Miguel Rodríguez, who has offered these data in a meeting with the Government delegate, Ainoa Quiñones, and the Minister of the Presidency, Paula Fernández.
Regarding health personnel, there are 75 professionals infected in “practically all categories”, nurses being the most affected due to the higher volume of workers, followed by doctors.
Despite the jump from level 3 to 4, for the moment, before taking further action, Health will wait to see if the latest restrictions implemented in the autonomous community have an effect on the number of infections in the coming days. If not, and if the situation continues to complicate, additional measures will be considered prior to home confinement, such as tightening the curfew or further limiting capacity. These decisions could be made later this week or early next.
Rodríguez has advanced that this week will be “complicated” because last week there were more than 200 and 300 new infections and it is estimated that between 8% and 10% end up hospitalized a few days later. However, it has opted to be “prudent” before taking new measures and waiting for the latest measures – such as the curfew, the perimeter closure of Cantabria and the municipalities or the capacity restrictions – to begin to bear fruit, which According to experts, it happens around ten days after its application. “The projection is that things begin to improve next week,” he said.
In addition, the counselor has clarified that it is the Public Health technicians who have to indicate how to act, but has advanced that the new measures would affect the entire region and not only certain municipalities, although there are some with more cases -also due to size of its population-, because these are already closed. Specifically, the most affected in recent days has been Santander (with 454 cases in the last seven days), followed by Camargo (98), Torrelavega (83) and Castro Urdiales (82).
Harden the curfew
Given that there are no plans to apply measures in specific municipalities, the new actions could be related to “tightening” the curfew or lower the capacity even further. “We could still apply tougher measures” to reduce social interaction before decreeing a home confinement, he specified.
He also said that he “understands that people are tired” due to the restrictions that have been applied since the start of the pandemic, but “the toilets are even more tired”, has sentenced, insisting that social interaction still needs to be further reduced, which is “the only way to avoid contagion.”
In addition, he has warned that in places such as catering establishments “the rules are still not strictly complied with at certain times” when we know that “the only way to stop the virus is ourselves.”
In this regard, and regarding the appeal filed by the hoteliers in the courts against the restrictions in the sector, arguing that they represent a “covert closure” of their activity, Rodríguez has responded that they are within their rights but that “It is not a hidden closure, if we had wanted to make a closure we would have done it”. «Do you think that all the autonomous communities and all the European countries that have closed the hospitality industry is because they are against the hospitality industry? Obviously not ”, he has sentenced.
On the other hand, he has emphasized that if the number of infections in recent days does not decrease, it will be necessary to suspend non-urgent hospital activity, which is something that is already “on the table.” “If this level of contagion continues, we will have to stop operating on people who have been waiting for a long time,” he lamented.