Justice extends the curfew and the limitation of meetings in Catalonia until January 21

Catalonia will have at least two more weeks of curfew and meetings limited to 10 people. This has been authorized by the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), which has endorsed the extension requested by the Government until next January 21 of the restrictions that came into force just before Christmas.

The gowns do not vary the arguments used in their first endorsement of the restrictions. The uncontrolled explosion of the omicron variant, the protection of the right to life and health and the risk of collapse of the health system are the main reasons for authorizing the restrictions requested by the Government, as the TSJC has been doing since it declined the first alarm state.

The preservation of fundamental rights such as life, physical integrity and the right to health protection “represent a common public interest that, in the midst of a pandemic, acquires an essential character,” remarked the robed in a car, which can be consulted at the end of this information.

For the Chamber, the preservation of the rights to life and health “must be the main criterion to be taken into account, without the presence of other different rights deserving of better protection”, such as those affected by the touch of it remains, like the freedom of wandering.

The judges declare that they cannot “remain oblivious” to the “enormous magnitude” that the pandemic produces both in terms of infections and hospitalizations. “Even more so – the magistrates argue – when qualitatively and due to time, with the indices that are becoming available, the situation presents quite unfavorable characteristics at this time”.

Starting this Thursday, the list of municipalities affected by the curfew between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. it is extended to 132, seven more than two weeks ago. These are localities with more than 10,000 residents and a cumulative incidence over 7 days greater than 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It affects almost four out of every five Catalans and all large cities.

The Government has also extended until January 21 the measures that do not require judicial endorsement: nightlife will remain closed, and the capacity inside restaurants and bars is limited to 50% and to 70% in shops, sports facilities, meeting rooms. concerts, theaters, cinemas, auditoriums and circuses with marquees.

The extension of the restrictions comes while infections continue to skyrocket in Catalonia, with more than 133,000 positives in the last seven days. This Tuesday, the number of visits by virus patients to outpatient clinics decreased to 63,559, after breaking the absolute record on Monday, with 75,595, surpassing the previous one of 68,148 that was recorded on October 26, 2020.

This slight decrease does not mean that the sixth wave subsides, but rather that Primary Care has intensified its endemic collapse. To try to relax outpatient clinics, since this week the Generalitat has allowed citizens to communicate to pharmacies the positives diagnosed at home with an antigen test, and it is the authorized apothecaries who introduce them into the system. In the first 36 hours after its entry into force, pharmacies reported 6,970 positives, that is, three positives per minute.

At the hospital level, this Wednesday 1,856 people were admitted with COVID-19 in Catalan hospitals, 60 more than on Tuesday and 291 more than seven days ago. The number of seriously ill patients in the ICU has dropped to 468, seven less than this Tuesday but 55 more than a week ago. Funeral homes have reported 66 people dead.

Source: ElDiario.es – ElDiario.es by www.eldiario.es.

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