No countrywide lockdown but concentrated confinements to deal with new Covid-19 outbreaks, says Spain’s Health Minister

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CONCENTRATED confinements rather than another countrywide lockdown is the way to deal with new Covid-19 outbreaks, believes Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa.

The minister said he is inclined towards “surgical” lockdowns of specific localities, buildings or companies, assuming the relevant regional governments are of the same opinion.

According to Illa a second wave of the virus in Spain is avoidable if society acts responsibly. If it does happen, he believes it will be “less intense and smaller scale,” mainly because the country’s health system is, in his view, better prepared.

At the same time, he said it was necessary to work on the basis of the worst possible scenario occurring.

“Until we have a vaccination and an effective treatment we have to do what we are doing: early detection and isolation of cases and their contacts,” he stressed.

Illa highlighted the “unprecedented effort” globally in investigations to discover a vaccine, estimating it will take about a year.

The minister made his comments on Monday, a week after Spain’s State of Alarm was lifted. By Tuesday morning there were 51 new coronavirus outbreaks in 14 different regions of the country.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

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