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Two Catalan courts now accept new coronavirus lockdowns

Notes: A duty court in Lérida on Sunday had initially refused to ratify the regional government's order.
By Matthew Bennett
Jul 15, 2020, 9:58 am
1. Two courts in Catalonia (Barcelona and Lérida) have this time ACCEPTED the special coronavirus measures ordered by the Catalan government in Hospitalet and Lérida, with some nuances.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 9:58 am | On Twitter
2. In Barcelona, special measures were requested “to contain the epidemic outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the neighborhoods of La Torrassa, La Florida and Collblanc” in Hospitalet, “as a matter of urgency”.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:08 am | On Twitter
3. This time, prosecutors in both cases have not opposed the approval of the new orders, with the exception of the part about family meetings and gatherings and those of more than 10 people.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:12 am | On Twitter
4. In Hospitalet, the real incidence rate is 122.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to information received by the court. 331 coronavirus cases between July 1-13.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:17 am | On Twitter
5. Barcelona court says that there is constitutional coverage for special measures in Articles 43 (“It is the responsibility of the public authorities to organize and protect public health”) and 148 (powers of Spanish regions). Sánchez's Covid de-escalation plan also relevant.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:27 am | On Twitter
6. The only exception, the only thing that the Barcelona court does not accept, is the prohibition of meetings of more than 10 people, if healthcare obligations are respected, because they violate Article 20 of the Constitution, “also affecting religious freedoms”.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:30 am | On Twitter
7. In Lérida, the judge says that we are “facing an officially declared pandemic situation” and so measures can be taken, provided they are “necessary, appropriate and proportional”.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:39 am | On Twitter
8. They are necessary, says the judge, because the measures they have used to date have not worked to control the pandemic well enough.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:42 am | On Twitter
9. They are appropriate because “the resumption of social contact has resulted in the current outbreaks and their worrying growth”, writes the judge, which means that movement and social contact must again be restricted.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:46 am | On Twitter
10. They are proportional because they seek to “protect health” and “minimize the impact on economic activities”. The judge in Lérida also thinks the 15-day application period is appropriate but orders the Catalan government to provide weekly updates.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:49 am | On Twitter
11. Judge orders the measures not be applied to the area of Massalcoreig because they are not proportional: in the information provided by the Catalan government, there is only one case of coronavirus in that place dated July 1.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:52 am | On Twitter
12. After all the fuss this weekend between Torra, the prosecutor and the judge in Lérida, these new rulings say the Catalan government is right, whereas Sunday's ruling said they were wrong. Where are we up to? Are regional orders like this constitutional or not?
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 10:58 am | On Twitter
13. Risk of some degree of legal chaos: the Public Prosecutor's Office wants regional prosecutors to report on all of these local cases of the restriction of rights due to the fight against coronavirus. Someone should impose some kind of order here.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 11:45 am | On Twitter
14. BREAK: Catalonia just announced the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases since May or the end of the state of alarm. 938 yesterday. The 5-day moving average rises above 600.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 1:56 pm | On Twitter
15. The numbers in the Basque Country continue to rise as well. Regional health service has reported 60 new positive PCR cases today (in blue on the chart), the highest daily number since early June, at least. The trend is rising.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 2:05 pm | On Twitter
16. And if we add up the daily differences reported in Catalonia over 14 days (they do not publish an “active cases” number), we get the following graph:
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 2:15 pm | On Twitter
17. Are the 14-day curves in Catalonia going exponential again?
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 2:36 pm | On Twitter
18. Coronavirus smiles at Catalonia. Was curious, so extended the series back to the end of April. In three weeks since the end of the state of alarm, they are back to the same level as at the start of May. Data from daily regional government pdf.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 3:56 pm | On Twitter
19. If we look at the same data but with a rolling 5- or 14-day average instead of the accumulated cases, the story is the same: back to the start of May in Catalonia in the three weeks since the end of the state of alarm (in green).
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 4:02 pm | On Twitter
20. [I've removed two days from the series in mid-May when they did something weird with the count, subtracting 3,292 one day and adding 2,830 back the next day]
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 4:05 pm | On Twitter
21. The Mayor of Barcelona, Colau, has announced that the city is up to 29 clusters. Yesterday it was 24.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 4:42 pm | On Twitter
21. Health Ministry number for cases with symptoms starting in the last 14 days is shooting up. 402 more today. The difference between yesterday's total and today's total in Spain is 875 cases, the biggest daily not post-weekend increase since at least the end of May.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 5:48 pm | On Twitter
22. The “official” daily figure, the number for the previous day's cases, is 390, but: - Total total: +875 - Symptoms last 7 days: +116 - Symptoms last 14 days: +402 - Total 7 days: +204 - Total 14 days: +426
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 5:51 pm | On Twitter
23. There are now more total cases at 7 and 14 days than at the end of May, according to the Health Minsitry's own tables. Coronavirus is smiling at Spain, too.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 5:55 pm | On Twitter
24. And whatever it means, we now have the crossover on the graph between the 14-day symptoms number and the 14 x previous day's cases number. Health Ministry certifies that there have been more cases in past fortnight than fourteen times their published daily number.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 6:05 pm | On Twitter
25. After reopening to attract tourists and reactivate the regional economy, the Balearic Islands has closed Punta Ballena in Magaluf. “We do not want this type of tourists”, says the regional tourism minister, Neguerela, “do not come”. https://www.diariodemallorca.es/
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 6:17 pm | On Twitter
26. Here is the order in the regional Balearic Islands gazette. Everything closed in Punta Ballena and nearby streets until September 15, “against tourism of excesses to improve quality in tourist areas”. No more parties there this summer.
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 6:21 pm | On Twitter
27. Straight away with this reaction in the Balearic Islands, we see a clear contradiction between wanting to reactivate tourism and the economy and the fear of new Covid infections. Is “Do not come” an overreaction? Wasn't there a more constructive message and plan?
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 6:25 pm | On Twitter
28. Patrons only: don't come to Spain, tourists. Does the regional government in the Balearic Islands have an alternative plan as the Bank of Spain forecasts a drop in national GDP of 15%? https://www.thespainreport.es/articles/617-200715231903-don-t-come-to-spain-tourists
Published: Jul 15, 2020, 11:24 pm | On Twitter
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