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Madrid is considering easing corona surveillance – and is receiving criticism

Wednesday, 01/12/2022 2:16 PM from

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MADRID (dpa-AFX) – A relaxation of the monitoring of corona infections planned by the Spanish government to relieve the strained health care system is met with a lot of resistance. “There are measures that cannot be avoided. Until this wave is over, it is not advisable to change the system,” said the Vice President of the Spanish Society for Epidemiology, Óscar Zurriaga, in an interview with the German press Agency.

The professor at the University of Valencia emphasized: “The pandemic is not over yet and we do not know where it will lead us.” Covid-19 cannot be compared to flu. “In a bad flu season we can have around 1,500 deaths.” With Corona there are still significantly higher numbers.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said in an interview with the radio station “Cadena Ser” on Monday that Spanish experts had been working “for weeks” on treating Covid-19 like the flu and monitoring the development of infection cases using a guard system. One must take into account that Covid-19 is developing from a pandemic to an endemic disease, to which one must respond with new instruments. Meanwhile, the socialist politician made it clear that one was not aiming to go it alone: ​​”We are trying to initiate a debate at European level.”

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