THIS IS THE ROLLING CORONAVIRUS STORY FOR WEDNESDAY 5 MAY 2020 - DAY 52 OF LOCK DOWN (NOW PHASE 0 HERE IN ALMERIMAR)
Draft of a document from the government about how bars, camp sites and spas might open again
Some political shenanigans needed to get approval to extend the lock down
Sánchez saves the extension thanks to Ciudadanos
The Government ties the support of the orange formation for the extension of the alarm. The PNV will also give its support.
Pedro Sánchez has been acquiring skills over time that are worth mentioning. Perhaps Iván Redondo, aulic and plenipotentiary advisor, drank from the source of Dominic Cummings, the bizarre and efficient adviser to Boris Johnson and ideologist of the campaign for Brexit in the vote in the United Kingdom in June 2016. The leaders who they were in favor of remaining in the EU, they were always behind the tricks devised by Cummings, who in the end got away with it. Something similar happens to Pablo Casado, an opposition leader, he never takes the initiative and goes to the trailer of the Prime Minister, trying to defuse the bombs.
Now, this Tuesday, it was another trial by fire for Sánchez, who dodged the mine and will carry out the extension of the state of alarm thanks to Ciudadanos. The Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, already said it the day before: "State of alarm or chaos." Given this situation, what to do so that the grenade does not explode in your hands?
Married won the "no no no" sanchista on Monday, aggrieved by the unilaterality of the president's decisions, which first hits and then asks, a very Donald Trump strategy, by the way. Sánchez played two bands this Monday: on the one hand, he tried to convince Ciudadanos and PNV to give their support in plenary on Tuesday because the situation requires 15 days of alarm; on the other hand, he sent the recovered Carmen Calvo to persuade the PP barons to understand that it is best to extend this exceptional situation for two more weeks and then it will be seen.
And the first vice-president and, therefore, her boss achieved their purpose, but this one hours later paved the way further by reaching an agreement with Cs at night. This Wednesday the PNV has announced that it will also give its support. Consequently, Casado's ordeal evaporated as the orange formation and the jelzatle party saved the continuity of the exceptional state.
Sánchez hurried the last bullet in the Senate. "The only instrument to save lives is the state of alarm," he said to put more pressure on those who doubted whether to extend the period of confinement, the mother of the lamb in a situation in which the communities want to take sides and have decision-making capacity. It did so at the time that the request for the extension of the state of alarm reached the Congress, which the Council of Ministers approved in the morning and which warned that "there is no legal alternative" in ordinary legislation that allows restricting the movements of people in the Spanish territory.
In this game of mus it was necessary to see who envied with good cards and who was bluffing. The PSOE went directly to Citizens and to the PNV so as not to have to depend on the affirmative vote or abstention from the PP and to carry out a new biweekly extension. The leader of the orange formation, Inés Arrimadas, already said in the morning that she will advocate a new support for Sánchez as she is "totally predisposed" to protect the Spanish because she believes the "threats" from the Executive that if she got up on Saturday the state of alarm would arrive the disorder. Said and done.
He tied three points. 1) The Government will maintain weekly contacts with Cs to report on the health crisis, as well as dialogue and, where appropriate, agree on measures for the implementation of the de-escalation plan. 2) They agreed on the need to extend the state of alarm, a constitutional mechanism that should be prolonged only for the time strictly necessary. Therefore, in this spirit, the measures necessary to continue protecting Spaniards in the health, economic and social fields will be analyzed when their application is completed. 3) The Executive and Cs pledged to maintain the dialogue for the adaptation of the ERTE and the aid to SMEs and the self-employed so that they can adapt to the needs that occur beyond the state of alarm.
With this movement it is practically assumed that Sánchez guarantees the extension by needing more votes in favor than against this Tuesday in the Lower House. With the support of the ten Cs deputies, the Government would have the 155 votes of the PSOE and Podemos, in addition to the PRC, Teruel Exists, More Country and Commitments, with which it would reach 170, while the noes will hardly exceed 164 Still, the negotiations with the PNV, always faithful to hear proposals, continued at night and paid off in the morning.
Previously, the Executive President put Carmen Calvo to work to speak with the popular barons. The president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, rejected an extension sine die but after receiving a call this Monday from the vice president, he admitted that "another thing is that the government needs time to organize itself." Also the president of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, opened up to give Sánchez another 15 days, as well as the Andalusian Juanma Moreno, who already said on Sunday that the "reasonable" thing would be that it not continue in force at the end of May. Genoa was shot in the butt and the shrewd Sanchez took another rabbit out of his hat that left Casado helpless.
Planning for the de-escalation in the El Ejido area including Almerimar
The mayor of El Ejido coordinates the phases of the de-escalation with the presidents of the Local Boards
In the next few days the local offices will be opened to serve the public and in early June it is planned to resume the plenary sessions of the Local Boards
The mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, met today with the presidents of the Local Boards to analyze the steps that will be followed and how the different phases of de-escalation will be addressed in the different population centers.
During the meeting, the mayor has transferred the forecast of the lifting of the limitations established in the State of Alarm in the seven nuclei and based on the four phases of transition to 'normality', analyzing each area of activity, from work , the one related to personnel, commerce, hospitality, cultural and leisure events, sports or mobility, among others.
In this line, the municipal chief responsible stated that «all the necessary measures and instruments are going to be adopted for the adaptation of the whole of the Administration and the population to de-escalation, with the maximum guarantees of security, after the crisis caused by the Covid-19 ».
Likewise, the first mayor has shared with the presidents the need to continue to be "very responsible in this new stage in phases in order to recover economic and social activity in an orderly and safe manner, without putting the health of the people of Ejido at risk."
Among the measures established is the opening of local offices in the coming days to serve the public, once the protection measures that guarantee the safety of both workers and citizens are adopted.
Similarly, for the beginning of June the plenary session of each of the Boards will resume.
On the other hand and regarding the cultural field, due to the proximity of the summer season, the municipal government team and the presidents of the Local Boards have agreed to individually study the possible activities that may be carried out in summer, always with the premise of not holding any massive event and of scrupulously respecting the social distancing marked by the health authorities.
In this sense, it should be remembered that most of the patron saint festivities of the different urban centers are held in summer, in addition to the extensive program of activities that take place during the months of July and August in centers such as Almerimar, Balerma or San Agustín , with markets, sports tournaments or concerts such as the already postponed Plastic Festival now scheduled for July at the Almerimar rugby field.
Along these lines, and despite the fact that no decision has yet been officially communicated in this regard, the Local Boards are already working on the stage of suspending all party celebrations this year, for the safety of citizens.
Daily info from my preferred Spanish stats guy
Data Wednesday May 6
Mixed data today because the death toll rises but the number of new infections remains stable. The daily and accumulated deaths show the seriousness of the tragedy and the need for the extraordinary containment measures that have been taken. The daily positive cases indicate the situation and trend of final control (or not) of the first wave of the epidemic in Spain. Therefore, the indicators linked to cases of daily contagion are those that acquire strategic importance to assess whether the epidemic is controlled and whether, therefore, it is possible to proceed towards the normalization of mobility with sufficient guarantees.
In this sense, the numbers of infected people today, 685 (-182) reconfirm the path of deactivation of infections, with four consecutive days already below 1,000 new cases. There is therefore no rebound or loss of control of the situation in sight. The multiplication rate remains at 1.02.
Increase the number of deceased, today to 244 by 185 yesterday. It again exceeds the barrier of the 200 deceased after three consecutive days below it. As we discussed, the evolution of the deceased is not a reflection of the current situation of the epidemic, but the unfortunate result of the situation of the epidemic 10-15 days ago, when there were between 3,000 and 4,500 cases a day. The multiplication rate remains at 1.03.