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”.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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/
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.
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?
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%?
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