More and more communities have joined the Basque Country and have asked the central government to establish a state of alarm for all of Spain. The last are Asturias, Extremadura and La Rioja. Catalonia has joined the list after calling an emergency meeting this afternoon to study the measure.
Iñigo Urkullu, Lehendakari of the Basque Government, has formally asked the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, to declare a state of alarm in the Basque Country due to the worrying increase in coronavirus infections, more than 1,200 in the last 24 hours.
"My desire is to be able to act as quickly and diligently as possible to try to preserve the health of all citizens, limit the community transmission of the coronavirus and the saturation of hospital beds," Urkullu argued.
The Basque Government, a coalition of PNV and PSE-EE, believes that it is time to "try to preserve the health of all citizens" and demands that the "command and management" of the exceptional regime be delegated to the regional Executive.
Yesterday, the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country (TSJPV) did not authorize the limitation to six people of social meetings in public and private places, considering that it violates fundamental rights and does not have legal coverage.
The lehendakari's decision also comes on the day that Osakidetza has confirmed the worst contagion data of the entire epidemic in Euskadi: 1,207 positives with 14,144 tests carried out, which raises the percentage of infections by a dangerous 8.5%. In fact, in the Basque Country there are currently 28 localities in a state of extreme gravity for presenting more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.