Health asks communities to limit more travel at Christmas


The department that directs Salvador Illa will raise a modulation of the Christmas plan, which was agreed by the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) on December 2, with the aim that they can apply more restrictive measures and criteria than those who were established in that pact of maximums.

And it is that the measures proposed then were designed in accordance with the situation at that time, when weeks of a downward trend in infections were chained, but in recent days, as justified by Health in the draft to which Efe has had access, there has been a general slowdown in the decline in incidence and it has even risen in some territories.

Among the measures approved two weeks ago were delaying the limit to night mobility on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve until 1.30 am; the perimeter closure of the communities throughout the Christmas period, except for the displacement of relatives and friends; and dinners and lunches of no more than 10 people on December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1.

But, as they have been warning since then, this pact of maximums could undergo changes depending on the evolution of the pandemic; just one day after its approval, the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, warned that it could be modified in a “bad sense” or “for the better”, depending on the impact of the Constitution bridge.

Relatives and “close friends”

A week ago, the CISNS decided to keep it as it was, including the term “relatives”, with which some autonomies showed their disagreement.

According to Illa, the plan agreed between the Government and the communities for Christmas is that “citizens cannot move between regions” with the exceptions of work, medical reasons, legal matters and “the family reunion on these dates or from relatives “.

“We all understand what a relative is. Is anyone against people who maintain an emotional relationship that does not fall within a classic family relationship can meet on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve?” He wondered.

The Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended this Wednesday the use of masks in Christmas family gatherings and warned of the risk of a third wave in the first months of 2021. EFE / Elvira Urquijo A./Archivo

Rapid tests in pharmacies

Apart from the Christmas plan, another of the three documents that the CISNS will analyze is the unanimous position of the vaccine presentation, in which the Ministry and all the communities are present, and which concludes that the rapid self-diagnosis tests do not they should be used to determine the presence of an infection neither in people with symptoms nor in asymptomatic patients.

The presentation also points out that these rapid antibody tests, which are already sold in pharmacies, have a lower performance than the techniques performed in laboratories with blood obtained by venipuncture; Hence, they have been excluded from the Covid-19 Early Detection, Surveillance and Control Strategy.

Therefore, and given the public health risks that may arise from an incorrect interpretation of the results, the presentation considered it necessary to adopt measures to avoid misuse and raise awareness of its limitations given the current epidemiological situation.

Thus, it recommends to the professionals of the health services of the autonomous communities and cities (doctors and dentists) the no prescription of these tests and the implementation of communication and awareness actions to clearly inform the public of its nature and limitations.