Madrid demands a quarantine from Health for nationals from South Africa and Brazil

The Government of the Community of Madrid has asked the Executive of Pedro Sanchez to be established mandatory quarantines of 10 days for national travelers and residents from Brazil and South Africa due to the expansion of their Covid-19 strains.

This has been communicated Enrique Ruiz Escudero placeholder image, Madrid Minister of Health, through a letter to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias. This quarantine, Escudero indicates in the letter, should be carried out in the autonomous community in which the traveler resides “as a measure adjusted and proportional to the seriousness of the situation in which we find ourselves.”

The letter has been published on Twitter by the Community of Madrid and by Isabel Diaz Ayuso, regional president. “We ask the Government of Spain to establish mandatory quarantines for travelers from Brazil and South Africa. It was acted late against the British variant and today it already represents 1 in 5 infections in the Community of Madrid. Let’s prevent the same thing from happening again», Has written Ayuso.

«Precisely, at a time like the present, in which the daily figures show a decrease, it is important to act and do so as quickly as possible in the face of the new variants that, lunfortunately, they have already arrived in the country», Emphasizes the Madrid Executive.

The Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso already requested last December the suspension of flights with the United Kingdom due to the British variant of the coronavirus that has been shown to be more contagious and lethal than the initial one. The Sánchez executive suspended these flights “too late”, according to Enrique Ruiz Escudero. «The answer took too long to arrive and today this variant has an average presence of 20% in the region, reaching specific samples in some 50% zones», Says in the letter.

“Every day counts”

The Madrid Minister of Health also recalls that his Government requested in January the suspension of flights with Brazil and South Africa due to the new strains detected in these two territories and “after not accepting, first, the claim of the Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the The national government did establish exceptional measures to limit flights »between those two countries and Spanish airports. «Now, I send you a new request that I hope it does not delay, Covid-19 does not understand times, and every day counts», Adds Escudero.

“It is, Minister, a matter of public health and control of the greatest health pandemic in recent days, so I beg you that this measure (quarantines) be adopted as quickly as possible in order to protect health and citizen safety and contain the further spread of this disease, “he emphasizes.

The Madrid councilor also recalls the good trend in the evolution of the pandemic in the region but is also cautious. “The data are beginning to indicate a slight improvement. Even so, we are in a moment that is far from what we would all like. A situation that we live in the Community of Madrid and that is observed in the whole of the autonomous communities, when showing a similar behavior in all of them, “he adds in his letter.

Deadliest strains

The tranquility transferred by Fernando Simón after learning about the new strains could not have been more wrong, again. Despite the fact that the accumulated incidence curve for infections begins to bend, the mortality of those infected has skyrocketed: days like January 19 or 20 showed fatality rates close to 1.1%; February has insistently marked data close to or greater than 2%; and this February 9, fatality has reached a worrying figure of 4.67%. Almost five people died for every 100 infected with coronavirus since the expansion of the new strains.

Fernando Simón once again gave another scientific bell. It was at the beginning of January when he assured that the advance of the British strain would be “marginal”. A week later he modified his version to ensure that he could be dominant. And, at the moment, the lethality, just in full expansion of these strains, has skyrocketed in Spain to multiply by four.

The case fatality rate for new strains of the coronavirus.

The fatality rate reflects the percentage of deaths per 100 infected. And that indicator has evolved from rates of 1.17% on January 19 or 0.91% on January 21, going through 1.62% on January 26 or 1.48% on January 28, until reaching the 2.49% on February 2, 1.79% and 2.04% on February 3 and 5, respectively. That is, the percentages had doubled until very recently. But the great leap has just been given by this data: this past February 9, the fatality rate has shot up to 4.67%: 4.67 people died from coronavirus out of every 100 detected cases.

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