In view of very disturbing flare-ups, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced recently that the army will be on hand to help regions track and trace COVID-19 positives. Sanchez admits that the situation is "worrying" but stresses that Spain is nowhere near the height of the pandemic in mid-March.
With Madrid sadly topping the list of Spain’s new positives these days (1535 COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours before 19 August 2020), the city and the region could be trending back to Phase 1 of the de-escalation of the old State of Alarm! Parks will be closed, but at least only for the night, just three months after their much-awaited unrestricted reopening.
Masks reduce the risk of COVID transmission. And the good news is that they need no longer be terribly dull, thanks to the advent of masks made of cloth. If cloth masks have become so popular, it’s because they let creativity take wing. They allow for infinite combinations of colors, patterns and styles you’d actually love to wear them as smart fashion complement if not to make a stand! A blessing for people in countries like Spain where wearing face masks is mandatory in all public places, indoor and outdoor.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez: The Agreement in Brussels of the Coronavirus Recovery Plan marks “one of the most brilliant pages ever written in EU history.” It is “a historic agreement for the economic recovery of our country [i.e., Spain], not only in offering a response to the COVID-19 crisis, but also to the transformations needed.” The Agreement is 95% satisfactory for Spain and 100% for the whole of the EU.
I say open the schools to learning and be done with it. We just have to go on with our lives.
Summer 2020: economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, mood of discontent, racial movements, faint hope for economic recovery. . . Maybe by Fall we will have things more under control!
PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: “The great wave of the pandemic has now passed and all of Spain has gained a firm foothold in the transition towards the new normality. The light is clearer and we can now see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Vandalism, violence, arson and destruction characterized protests in various US cities, promulgated by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Many of the protestors were wearing masks to prevent infection from the Covid-19 virus, but nothing seemed to prevent the demonstrations from turning violent and destructive.
Those who have died in the pandemic “deserve to be remembered; they deserve our lasting remembrance.” An even bigger tribute to the fallen would, however, be “for us to live together in harmony.”