The Government has begun to accuse the criticisms of lack of foresight in its management in the coronavirus crisis and the PSOE has come to its aid. With the Executive enlisted in defending that the dimension of this emergency has been unpredictable, despite the fact that the situation in Italy has run parallel to that of Spain, with just over a week in advance, the socialist leadership has drawn up an argument that tries to maintain not only that there has been no lack of foresight, but that the Government anticipated.
Thus, he highlights that the declaration of state of alarm, which the Council of Ministers approved on March 14, was taken before other countries, when Spain had only 120 deaths, and that the measures have been more “drastic”. In Italy, they point out, they took 366, in France with 148 and in the United Kingdom with 281.
Thanks to this, despite the fact that the death toll reached 14,555 this Wednesday, they have managed to reduce the daily increase in cases from 22% to 3%. “The measures that have been taken are in the right direction,” maintains the leadership of the PSOE.
No action was taken “late”
This is the basis on which all the scaffolding is supported to protect the Government’s action, although with many gaps in the data provided. He did not act “late, in relation to the countries in his environment”, and the management has been correct because, they argue, up to 34 orders and instructions have been issued to guarantee health care.
With the adhesion to the system of private healthcare and hotel facilities, medical equipment has been purchased for an amount of 845 million and manufacturing has been activated in Spain, public explanations have been given and action has been taken in nursing homes, one of the major foci of infection.
What tries to be purely technical information ends up distilling a criticism open to communities likeMadrid, governed by the PP and turned into battering ram of the opposition to the Executive. The PSOE points out that President Pedro Snchez has appeared in Congress, so has the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, and four ministers do so daily in Moncloa, at two press conferences, morning and afternoon. In the Madrid Assembly, they say, “there is no activity, there are no regional government appearances, nor is registration open.”
Madrid is also the object of the PSOE darts in its explanation of the purchase of medical equipment. The communities, both the PP and the PSOE, denounced that the Government, after the decree of state of alarm, prevented them from acquiring supplies for the sake of centralized action and days later they changed their mind.
The socialists point out that the autonomous have kept their powers at all times, but that whileGalicia, the Basque Country, the Valencian Community, Catalonia,NavarreorCastilla la ManchaThey made purchases “overcoming enormous difficulties”, others like the Community of Madrid “took weeks”, concealed themselves that there was a “bottleneck” and also accused the Executive of putting obstacles. “No material was ever requisitioned nor was any importation blocked,” they affirm, despite the fact that, for example,Janmasks were confiscated.
The document refutes all the accusations of lack of collaboration with the regions and ensures that the government distributed material long before the state of alarm was decreed. Until March 14, “414,000 masks” and “other protective equipment since March 10”, they detail, despite the fact that it is what Madrid spends in just two days.
“We were cautious and joined forces with the European Union to participate in all purchases of medical supplies,” he says. In no case are the criticisms assumed for shortages or for not having listened to the EU or theWHO. “Spain, following the advice of the experts, anticipated and prepared as much as possible, with the recommendations that came from European organizations and other international bodies,” said the document, which is also headed by laudatory statements to Spain. of WHO leaders.
In Spain’s supposedly good preparation for the Covid-19 pandemic, no reference is made to the authorization of demonstrations such as 8-M throughout the country, to massive events such as that of Vox or to the celebration of sports competitions.
Desor to WHO
All the claims theWorld Health Organizationthat do not fit the Government are eliminated. Like when your CEO,Tedros Adhanom GhebreyesusHe said on February 27 that one should act aggressively and ask if “we have enough medical oxygen, ventilators and other vital equipment.” This “makes the difference between one case and 100.”
“If the answer is no, your country has a gap that this virus will exploit. Even developed countries may be surprised,” he said. Only three lines are devoted to complying with the WHO recommendations. According to the PSOE, on January 30, Spain was already doing everything it said.
Carrying out test
The socialist argument does not directly allude to the purchase of fraudulent tests in China and tries to deny that they did not work. He points it out as if it were false, despite the questioning of the health personnel. It maintains that the Government has implemented a strategy based on the realization ofPCR, the most reliable diagnostic tests to detect the coronavirus. But it does not point out that the companies that manufacture PCR in Spain were not warned until March 15 that they would not export their production.
In a February 12 report, the WHO already advised countries to prepare to do “large-scale testing.” And on March 16, its CEO insists that “test, test, test” must be done. Therefore, 22 days ago, the WHO publicly pointed out that if massive tests were not carried out “the cases could not be isolated and the chain of infection would not be broken”, which is exactly what the Government intends to do now.
The number of Pedro Snchez’s appearances before the media on seven occasions and in Congress three are highlighted; of the technical committee, daily, and of the ministers. But there is no reference to the fact that the government has had to change the system of the press conferences so that journalists can ask directly and no issue will be previously resolved or filtered, or that the pressure of the PP has forced it to resume the parliamentary activity in the Lower House, which was suspended with the justification of the limits to mobility imposed by the state of alarm.
In some regions, especially in Madrid and Catalonia, nursing homes accumulate a high number of deaths. The Fiscala has opened an investigation in the different territories. The PSOE emphasizes that “they are the responsibility of the communities” and that the Army has actively collaborated to disinfect them.
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