Coronavirus in Spain: Day 80, 271,095 cases
1. 10 minutes to the start of questions to the government in Congress. El País reports the government is weighing up the mandatory use of masks in Spain. Adding the Madrid and Catalonia regional figures to the Health Ministry ones, there have been more than 37,000 deaths.
Published: May 13, 2020, 9:56 am | On Twitter
2. Casado starts off with Zapatero, his Plan E from the previous crisis, Europa and Varoufakis. How much is the bailout going to cost us this time, he asks Sánchez.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:06 am | On Twitter
3. Sánchez calls for unity and effort from Congress, and for Casado to give up on confrontation.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:10 am | On Twitter
4. Esteban (PNV) attacks Sánchez on the meaning of “new normal”. Sánchez seems short tempered this morning. Are we about to see a huge row?
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:12 am | On Twitter
5. Matute (Bildu): does the PM believe in the neoliberal recentralising right and its policies against the progressive coalition majority? Sánchez says he should not mix matters: the coalition is one thing, the Coivid crisis another.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:18 am | On Twitter
6. Sanchez says the ICO has now guaranteed 300,000 Coronavirus loans, “more than 30 billion”.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:21 am | On Twitter
7. The mood and facial expressions between Álvarez de Toledo (PP) and Calvo (PSOE) are not good this morning either. They chuck the feminist marches on March 8 at each other.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:27 am | On Twitter
8. García Egea (PP) asks Iglesias (Podemos) about the committee's experts, “we don't know who has decided things” or what their names are, and accuses the Second Deputy PM, along with Sánchez, of lying to Spaniards.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:34 am | On Twitter
9. Iglesias says Ayuso should pay for her own flat in Madrid and that we are seeing another case of PP corruption.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:36 am | On Twitter
10. Calviño denies that the geolocation app will track Spanish citizens individually. “If there are no tests, what is this application for?”, asks Pedreño (PP).
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:40 am | On Twitter
11. Fernández Roca (Vox) asks about the National Security Act instead of extending the state of alarm for another 50 days. Robles (Defence Minister) replies that the state of alarm is the constitutional path. Says she wants to save lives and Vox should sign up for that plan.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:44 am | On Twitter
12. “We come here to save lives and that's what this government has been doing”, says Robles. One does not come to Congress for a legal debate, as Vox argues. Apart from all of the laws of the Kingdom coming from Congress...
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:48 am | On Twitter
13. Baldoví (Compromís) asks for fair regional financing for Valencia. Montero wonders if he does not think the additional €16 billion for the regions is enough.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:50 am | On Twitter
14. Sayas (UPN) asks if Navarra can be part of the distribution of the €16 billion for Spanish regions. “Of course”, Montero replies.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:55 am | On Twitter
15. Montero strongly denies, “never, at any time and at all”, that the €16 billion announced for Spanish regions come from funds designated for local governments.
Published: May 13, 2020, 10:58 am | On Twitter
16. Passenger transport in Spain in March sank because of Coronavirus, according to the latest data from the INE. https://bit.ly/3btdwVE
- Buses: - 50.4%
- Trains: -54.1%
- Planes: -59.8%
- Boats: -54.1%
Published: May 13, 2020, 11:08 am | On Twitter
17. Bal (Ciudadanos) tries some harsh crticism of Diaz (Podemos) on the issue of employment and the economy but he ends up praising the government. He adds, however, that there is an ideological barrier that is preventing progress on sackings in a time of crisis.
Published: May 13, 2020, 11:16 am | On Twitter
18. Illa says that we have to act with “great prudence” and hopes that “soon” regional elections will be held in Galicia and the Basque Country, in response to a question from Vox. Olona says Basque nationalists (PNV) “are extorting” Congress.
Published: May 13, 2020, 11:23 am | On Twitter
19. The Carlos III microbiology institute has a new website with the R figure for Spain: it shows a certain uptick over the past few days, although nationally it remains below 1. https://bit.ly/3fILNna
Published: May 13, 2020, 11:51 am | On Twitter
20. Health Ministry announces that there have been 271,095 cases of Coronavirus in Spain (228,691 PCR, 42,404 antibodies), 49,113 infected healthcare workers and 27,104 official deaths.
Published: May 13, 2020, 12:13 pm | On Twitter
21. The difference between yesterday's total PCR cases and today's, 228,691 - 228,030, is 661, but the Health Ministry pdf says 439.
Published: May 13, 2020, 12:39 pm | On Twitter
22. The first results of the Coronavirus blood test study in Spain will be made public at 6 p.m.
Published: May 13, 2020, 12:48 pm | On Twitter
23. Here's the map of the first round of Spain's Coronavirus antibody survey. Is there any relevant characteristic of the southern and coastal areas that translate to a lower incidence rate, or is it just population and their distance from Madrid?
Published: May 13, 2020, 8:46 pm | On Twitter
24. Here is the table of antibody prevalence by Spanish region. Madrid 11.3%, Castilla La Mancha 10.8%.
Published: May 13, 2020, 9:06 pm | On Twitter
25. In the Health Ministry pdf there is also a map of possible cases of Coronavirus in Spain, with three or more symptoms or anosmia (a loss of smell).
Published: May 13, 2020, 9:20 pm | On Twitter
26. The study found that 43% of respondents in Spain with anosmia, that loss of smell, had been infected with coronavirus.
Published: May 13, 2020, 9:27 pm | On Twitter
27. And in that table there is a figure for asymptomatic Coronavirus cases in Spain: 2.5%. A little more, 4.6%, had only one or two symptoms.
Published: May 13, 2020, 9:32 pm | On Twitter
28. In the age table, between 3.3% and 3.5% of Spanish boys aged 5-19 tested positive for Coronavirus antibodies and among girls of that age the rate was 2.5 -4.3%.
Published: May 13, 2020, 9:41 pm | On Twitter
29. Mixing the first blood test survey rates today with INE population data and the official death numbers provided by the Health Ministry suggests that there have been 2.37 million people affected in Spain with a fatality rate between 0.12% in Melilla and 3.35% in La Rioja.
Published: May 13, 2020, 11:36 pm | On Twitter
30. More tomorrow, when we can see the reactions to this first round of the Coronavirus blood test survey among Spaniards. Thank you for reading and commenting today.
Published: May 13, 2020, 11:39 pm | On Twitter
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