The Government castles itself and refuses to modify the curfew as requested by the autonomies

They were the vast majority. Up to fifteen out of seventeen communities had publicly asked for power advance curfew at 8 p.m., some at 6 p.m., which would mean modify the alarm decree, and the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa he said no. They still have in their hands, he insisted, "an arsenal" of measures to contain the virus. The Government castles itself and ignores an almost unanimous request from the autonomies. Of course, with messages about "loyalty" and the "strengthening of cooperation" between the communities and the Executive and with tremendous data on the third wave of covid in Spain.

"We cannot do more from the competences that we have assigned," warned the Andalusian Minister of Health, Jesus Aguirre, who as host acted as spokesperson for the communities. However, from the Palacio de San Telmo in Seville, seat of the Andalusian Government, after a brief meeting with the President of the Board, Juanma Moreno, and with the Minister of Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias, the Government transferred to the Interterritorial Health Committee, in videoconference with the regional councilors, that for the moment it is not willing to modify the alarm decree.

Illa admitted that "the data are not good" but defended that we are "getting closer to a curve stabilization"He asked for more time for the restrictions already adopted in the communities to begin to take effect. The Minister of Health was convinced that with the instruments that the communities have in hand, in terms of restricting mobility and activity There are sufficient mechanisms to curb the virus and contain the mobility of the population. He even appealed to some councilors, without specifying which ones, had warned that advancing the curfew could be counterproductive because it can "cause concentration" of citizens in certain activities.

"Working and listening, With the arsenal or the range of measures that we have, we have been able to contain the second wave and we will contain the third.", defended the minister. Asked about how much the fact that the Government does not have a majority in Congress to reform the alarm decree and the proximity of the Catalan elections in February has influenced the communities in this slam, Illa denied that it had influenced : "Nothing of what he has mentioned about Catalonia or the parliamentary majority has influenced this decision at all," he settled.

Communities lock themselves in as the third wave rages

Although the communities are upset, Illa insisted that co-governance, "shared leadership", "is working", "It defeated the first wave, the second and is going to defeat the third," he insisted. The minister assured that the measures on the table still have "a deployment path" and ordered not to wait for immediate results, from one day to the next, but within a period of fifteen days.

Change of government

The government's position has been modulated in recent days. Until Monday, the impression they had on the regional executives who had requested this reform of the alarm decree to have legal support for house confine and to advance the curfew, which is currently moving at the fork of the 22 to the 7 hours As a limit, it was that the Minister of Health was in favor of this legal reform. The Executive of Pedro Sanchez He had transferred that he was going to study it and had shown evidence, the autonomies say, that it was feasible. Communities claim more flexible instruments, that allow you to act more forcefully and with legal support. “We need a reform of the alarm decree to adapt it to true co-governance”Aguirre pointed out.

Since Monday, Minister Illa's speech is different. The same as maintained by the Government spokesperson and Minister of Finance, Maria Jesus Montero, after the Council of Ministers. The Executive of the nation understands that communities still have room, in the current legal framework, to restrict mobility and economic activity. That it is not necessary to modify the decree to contain a third wave that continues to leave overwhelming data. While the meeting with the communities was being held this Wednesday, the balance of the day warned of a new record of infections: 41,576 in a single day.

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The Government endowed itself with an alarm decree, on October 29, which it extended for six months, with the clear intention of avoiding the shocks of the first wave, when the sole command was established and President Pedro Sánchez had to face the Congress in each extension, evidencing the parliamentary weakness of its Executive. Reforming that decree means, of course, bringing it back to the Lower House.

Although most of the PP communities have asked for its reform, Madrid has not done so, the president Isabel Diaz Ayuso it has been frontally against. Genoa has not made it clear if it would cast its votes in Congress to bring forward a new legal umbrella that gives more margin to the autonomies. The Catalan elections, set on February 14 by the justice and with a postponement in the air, leaves the Government of PSOE and United We Can without ERC support. The government would expose itself to a defeat, to another row in Congress, without the ability to approve the reform of the decree. All this has weighed, understand the autonomies, in the position of Illa, minister but also candidate of the PSC, at the time of slamming the almost unanimous request of the regional Health Councilors.