Nightlife Demands De-Escalation For An Industry Dying By Coronavirus

The nightlife is still demanding a relaxation of the measures restrictive imposed on the sector since the beginning of the pandemic. After the success of the pilot test of the concert last Saturday at the Palau Sant Jordi , which was attended by 5,000 attendees, the Spanish nightlife association, Spain Nightlife , calls for a de-escalation calendar to be able to reopen the doors of its establishments.

In a statement, the non-profit organization has once again claimed that nightlife “is a safe sector” and has called for more pilot tests like the one on Saturday to demonstrate the compatibility between nightlife and health.

One year with the blinds down
Tito Pajares , president of Spain Nightlife, defends that nightlife “is dying, without help and without any idea of ​​when it will be able to reopen “, which is why he is committed to a progressive de-escalation agreed between the autonomies that allows the establishments to reopen.

“The time has come for restrictive measures to begin to become more flexible after the sector has been enduring more than a year of total closure and with hardly any financial aid,” he claimed.

For Pajares, the concert held at the Palau Sant Jordi on Saturday shows that ” the development of the activity and the protection of people’s health is perfectly compatible “.

For this reason, the association demands that the total closure of its establishments be replaced and that instead ” strict preventive and security measures be implemented , such as previous tests or air disinfection equipment endorsed by the health authorities.” In addition, Pajares has argued that screening to access its premises could give a large part of the population access to tests that would not otherwise be carried out.

Previous test to access the premises
“Subjecting the right of admission to them to the previous realization of a test with a negative result would clearly contribute to the reduction of infections , since many cases of asymptomatic people would be detected in an early phase of the chain of infections, which They would not take the test if they did not want to go out to dinner or to party, “said the general secretary of the employer, Joaquim Boadas .

“In addition, we continue to demand the approval of a specific rescue plan for the economic sector most affected by the pandemic, with real aid proportional to the severity, intensity and duration of the restrictions supported,” added Boadas, who also wanted to claim the situation of many entrepreneurs in the sector who are being “financially strangled”, since “waiting for herd immunity is not an option , since most nightlife businesses will be non-existent by then”.

UK Plans A Third Booster Dose In Face Of New Variants

The United Kingdom plans a third booster dose in the face of new variants of the covid. The country has already administered at least a first dose to more than 29 million people.

The UK plans to start offering from September a third dose of the vaccine against covid-19 to strengthen immunity if by then have spread new variants of the coronavirus, according announced Secretary of State Vaccination, Nadhim Zahawi. In an interview in ‘The Telegraph’, the senior British Government official has pointed out that those over 70 years of age and front-line health personnel will have priority for that additional injection.

Zahawi is in charge of overseeing a vaccination program that has already administered at least a first dose to more than 29 million people . In the United Kingdom, preparations from AstraZeneca and Pfizer have been used so far , but the Secretary of State says that he hopes to have up to eight approved products for the autumn .

The British government has already been in contact with those two pharmaceutical companies, as well as Moderna , whose vaccine is expected to be available next month, about the distribution of a third booster dose. “In whatever way the virus behaves, we are going to be prepared, ” Zahawi assured.

England will begin this Monday a slow de-escalation of the restrictions that the Government decreed in early January to stop a wave of infections that at its maximum peak caused more than 1,800 daily deaths . In the last seven days, the average number of deaths from coronavirus has been 70 and the number of patients admitted has fallen to less than 5,000, far from the almost 40,000 that were reached in January.

Starting next week, social gatherings will be allowed outside for up to six people, belonging to two homes, and the outdoor sports facilities will reopen . However, non-essential shops will remain closed , which will reopen on April 12 (bars and restaurants will be able to serve on terraces from that date) and national or international trips for leisure reasons are not allowed .

The Government has advanced that it will allow stores to open until ten at night when they can resume their activity, three hours more than the closing time before the pandemic.

Spain Registers Rebound In Infections On The Eve Of Holy Week

The cumulative incidence rises from 129 to 132 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Catalonia, Madrid, Navarra and the Basque Country are the most affected autonomies.

Spain has registered this Wednesday the first significant rebound in infections that, if it continues at the same rate in the coming days, would become the fourth wave of the epidemic, just on the eve of Holy Week.

A wave spurred by the presence of the British variant, which is already dominant in the whole of Spain, with a prevalence of more than 50% of cases, as confirmed this Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias.

The accumulated incidence at 14 days had been increasing in recent dates almost imperceptibly. Until this Wednesday, it has jumped from 129 to 132 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Darias has recovered in health and has spoken of a “rebound” that can “turn into a change in trend.” But she has also highlighted, without mentioning them, that in several communities this change in trend has already occurred.

The territories
There is a group of four autonomies still located in the high risk area, above 150 cases, which are clearly increasing. Leading, as almost always, Madrid (from 218 to 228 cases in two days), followed by the Basque Country (from 173 to 199 in one week).

Proportionally, the greater increase was led by Navarra , which has gone from 125 in a week to 185 in ten days, while Catalonia has gone from 158 to 175 in the seven days, leading to the rise. In other 7 autonomies there are also increases, although of lesser scope.

Having already started, the fourth wave does so with a still complicated hospital situation in many autonomies. The average occupancy of the ICU for covid patients is 18.6% and Catalonia, Madrid and La Rioja exceed 30%. And if the increase in cases continues, “the following week the hospitalized will increase, the next week the ucis and finally the deaths,” the minister has warned.

“We are at a decisive moment. We must extreme all control measures and reverse this trend,” said the minister, but the restriction plan for Holy Week has remained as it was designed two weeks ago, when the infections were going to The Ministry of Health has not even proposed to the Interterritorial Health Council the advance of the curfew or the closure of the non-essential activity at 20 hours that it had suggested in the contacts maintained with some autonomies. The receptivity of the majority has led to discard this new twist of the screw.

Reyes Maroto Highlighted Friday Doses in COVID-19

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, highlighted this Friday that, of the 5.5 million doses of the covid-19 vaccine developed by Janssen that will arrive in Spain in April, 800,000 will be distributed in Catalonia.

He said it at a press conference with the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, after visiting the factory of the Catalan pharmaceutical company Reig Jofre in Sant Joan Despí (Barcelona), in which the ‘fill and finish’ of the vaccine developed by Janssen.

Regarding production at the Reig Jofre factory, the minister has specified that the forecast is for the pharmaceutical company to start in mid-June and, although she has ruled out giving figures on the volume of vaccines to be produced, she has claimed that the company ” it can exceed a million doses a day. ”

The European commissioner has assured that they will deliver to Spain “what it needs” to achieve the immunization of about 70% of the population in summer.

Breton has emphasized that they are “working very hard” with companies and member countries to ensure that the planned deadlines are met.

The company will start manufacturing the antidote in mid-June and expects to have 55 million doses in the second quarter. This makes Europe the leading producer of vaccines.

The company will begin production of the vaccine in the second quarter of this year in its new sterile injectable plant , which has involved an investment of more than 30 million.

Reig Jofre, which has reserved 80% of its production capacity to start manufacturing the vaccine against covid-19, will be able to produce some 300 million injections a year.