On the same day that the Junta announces a booster for over 40s and Covid Certificates into February, the Minister says that further restrictions are needed.
The regional Minister for Health, Jesús Aguirre, said that 50% of Andalusians will catch Omicrón within a month for which reason he says it is pointless tracing people who have been in contact with somebody infected, as “the virus is everywhere.”
He said unlike previous contagion waves, restrictive measure are unnecessary because “the virus is already in your homes, amongst your relatives and friends.” He even admitted that it is not even restricted to the nightlife sector. He finished by saying, “the virus is even within my own ministry.”
He did say that homes for the elderly do require restrictive measures as they are the “weakest link.”
The Minister said that Andalucía stands at having a contagion figure of 1,454 per 100,000 inhabitants following seven consecutive days of decreasing levels – the per 100k figure has dropped 200 points in the last few days. There have been 14,002 new cases and 18 deaths in the same period.
Interestingly, Sr. Aguirre considers that said parameters are no longer fidodigno (trustworthy) because “the sixth wave is different; it is very contagious with the virus present in the whole society.” He says that there is no longer any relation between cases per 100,000 and deaths, because hospital occupation, ICU occupation and deaths are more objective.
For the above reason he considers that the per-100k figures are causing unnecesary consternation and alarm, which is a baseless fear because a very high percentage of infected people are hardly affected.
Editorial comment: the reason that we have chosen this article header is because of the seeming contradiction: why impose the Covid Certificate if the virus is present everywhere, amongst those vaccinated and those not?
Where is the logic? If you walk into a restaurant fully vaccinated but carrying the virus, you are just as liable to infect somebody else as somebody who has never received a jab. Therefore, it is difficult to avoid coming to the conclusion that the imposition of the C.C. is merely to punish or make it difficult for those that have objected to being vaccinated, or as the French leader said, “a joder los,” and that is not exactly ‘democratic.’
Yes, it is not fair that, because somebody for ideological reasons has refused the jab, our hospitals are under a greater workload. But it would be better to hand them the bill for their treatment as retribution rather than put this stress on the hostelry sector.
The fact is that Omicron is carrying out, independent of any governmental initiative, the most complete immunisation programme, far outstripping vaccination campaigns.