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Hasta ‘The New York Times’ critica la ‘vacilante’ gestión de Sánchez en el coronavirus

El rotativo es afectuosamente llamado la «Dama Gris» (Gray Lady, en inglés) y es considerado, por muchos, el diario por excelencia de los Estados Unidos

Hasta 'The New York Times' critica la 'vacilante' gestión de Sánchez en el coronavirus
La vacilante respuesta de Pedro Sánchez al coronavirus, en el titular de The New York Times. PD

El palo es especialmente urticante para los gurús mediaticos de La Moncloa, porque se lo endiña Raphael Minder, un tipo de origen suizo que va de progre, tiende a sintonizar con Podemos, dora la píldora a los independentistas catalanes y siempre ha cuidado mucho a Pedro Sánchez-

‘Spain Becomes Latest Epicenter of Coronavirus After a Faltering Response’ (España se convierte en el último epicentro del coronavirus después de una respuesta vacilante), así titula ‘The New York Times’ su artículo sobre la gestión de la pandemia.

“El Gobierno declaró el estado de alarma el viernes, después de aglomeraciones masivas en la capital y de que los casos saltasen hasta los 4.200”.

El corresponsal de “The New York Times” en España comienza su crónica destacando el movido fin de semana en la capital con la marcha por el Día Internacional de la Mujer en el centro de Madrid (con unas 120.000 personas); los 60.000 hinchas del fútbol llenando uno de los estadios más grandes de la ciudad (por el partido del Atlético en el Wanda); y los 9.000 simpatizantes de Vox, el tercer partido más votado de España, reunidos en un antiguo ruedo.

«Pues bien, ahora España es el segundo país de Europa, despúes de Italia, en número de infecciones, -superando a naciones más pobladas como Francia y Alemania- y se enfrenta a la propagación más rápida en el continente».

‘The New York Times’,  afectuosamente llamado la «Dama Gris» (Gray Lady, en inglés) y es considerado, por muchos, el diario por excelencia de los Estados Unidos, ilustra su reportaje con fotos del Museo del Prado sin gente, la Sagrada Familia sin sólo turista, unos novios casándose en el Registro Civil con mascarillas y estantes vacíos en los supermercados.

Insiste en las cifras y subraya que del fin de semana pasado a este 13 de marzo de 2020, “el número de casos saltó de varios centenares a 4.200, y 120 muertes».

«El presidente del Gobierno (Pedro Sánchez) advirtió de que los contagios podrían alcanzar los 10.000 la próxima semana. Eso daría a España la tasa más rápida de contagios por coronavirus en todo el mundo».

Indeferencia del Gobierno

En cuanto a la gestión del Gobierno, el periódico neoyorquino informa de que en un primer momento, la manera de afrontar el virus parecía indiferente.

“Y sus errores a la hora de tomar pasos que lo mitigasen antes están siendo muy criticados”.

Recuerda “The New York Times”, si se tiene en cuenta la crisis en el norte de Italia, donde una respuesta lenta ha permitido al virus colapsar el sistema sanitario:

“la experiencia de España una vez más destaca la necesidad de que los gobiernos deben tomar estrictas medidas pronto para combatir la propagación del virus”.

“Es una advertencia para los gobiernos que se han resistido a imponer duras restricciones antes de que los casos se disparen y que ahora tendrán que asumir las consiguientes consecuencias devastadoras para su sanidad pública».

Spain Becomes Latest Epicenter of Coronavirus After a Faltering Response

The government declared a state of emergency Friday, days after it allowed mass gatherings in the capital and cases jumped to 4,200.

By Raphael Minder
Published March 13, 2020Updated March 14, 2020, 12:57 a.m. ET

MADRID — Just last weekend, about 120,000 people marched through downtown Madrid to celebrate International Women’s Day. Some 60,000 soccer fans filled one of the city’s largest stadiums. And 9,000 supporters of Vox, Spain’s third-largest party, gathered inside a former bullring.

Now Spain has the second-highest number of infections of any European country, after Italy — overtaking the larger nations of France and Germany — and faces the fastest spreading contagion on the Continent.

Between last weekend and Friday, the number of cases in the country shot from several hundred to 4,200, with 120 deaths, and the prime minister warned that the number of cases could reach 10,000 by next week. That would give Spain one of the fastest rates of coronavirus contagion in the world.

Spain’s initial, seemingly blasé approach to the virus and its failure to take mitigating steps sooner is facing sharp criticism. And coming on the heels of the crisis in northern Italy, where a slow response allowed the virus to overwhelm the health care system, Spain’s experience once again underscores the necessity for governments to take strict measures early to combat the virus’s spread.

It may also prove to be the latest warning to governments that have resisted imposing tough restrictions before a spike in cases brings on a crushing public health crisis.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, while acknowledging that ‘‘many more families are going to lose loved ones,’’ took a notably restrained set of measures, even as British medical officials estimated the number of infected people in the country was already between 5,000 and 10,000.

In Spain, after defending the decision to let mass gatherings go on, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez warned on Friday that Spain was “facing very difficult weeks.” Two ministers in his cabinet have already tested positive, and he and the rest of the cabinet are now being tested.

While there have been significant outbreaks in Basque and Catalan towns, the Madrid region has become the epicenter of Spain’s crisis. By Wednesday, Madrid accounted for about half of the cases and almost two-thirds of the fatalities.

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All Madrid schools and universities have now been shuttered for at least 14 days, with other regions later following suit. Catalonia, the region in northeastern Spain, said late Friday that it would start to “restrict entrances and departures” though it did not offer details.

On Thursday, three of the politicians who led last weekend’s events tested positive for coronavirus, raising questions about whether those in charge in Spain had actually helped spread the virus, rather than halt it.

The far-right Vox party apologized to its followers for holding its Madrid meeting, while both the leader and the secretary general of Vox tested positive for coronavirus.

The rapid worsening of the situation in Spain has now heightened the political bickering in a country that was already deeply polarized.

Shortly after Mr. Sánchez spoke on Friday, Pablo Casado, the leader of the main opposition Popular Party, said his group would support extending the state of emergency beyond the initial 15 days, if needed.

But he also took a direct swipe at Mr. Sánchez, saying his government “should start leading.” Mr. Casado added, “During the last weeks, the government has made serious mistakes.” It’s time, he said, to “show firmness and determination.”

Until Friday, the Spanish authorities had avoided sweeping measures that could spook people.

Only a day earlier, in a news conference on Thursday that was held by video link while he and his cabinet members underwent coronavirus testing, Mr. Sánchez skirted questions about a state of emergency. He dismissed suggestions that the Spanish authorities had been underestimating the health threat.

While recognizing that there was no “instruction manual” to deal with this kind of health crisis, Mr. Sánchez said he could offer “a message of calm, serenity, unity and above all trust in those who know how to contain the extension of this virus.”

Yet some Spanish medical specialists believe his reassuring tone was overdone.

Ángela Hernández Puente, a doctor who is the deputy secretary general of a Madrid health sector labor union, said in a phone interview that “Spain has until now handled this crisis with a certain level of complacency — and certainly not energetically enough.’’

‘‘Instead of letting professionals lead the work, politicians have got in the way,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve seen more a blame game between them than coordination.”

Some criticism has also come from outside Spain, notably Italy.

Walter Ricciardi, one of Italy’s top health experts, said it was “madness” that women had been allowed to march through Madrid last weekend.

“These big rallies do a favor to the virus, instead of obstructing it,” Dr. Ricciardi said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper ABC. “We have been saying that Italy was only the first European country that was affected, but that this would then happen to the other countries as well.”

While Spain has long been praised for having one of Europe’s most advanced public health systems, Madrid hospitals are scrambling to find more face masks and add beds to cope with the growing rate of coronavirus cases.

At Madrid’s La Paz hospital, the gym has been turned into a makeshift sleeping area. In the Catalan town of Igualada, which is under lockdown, the mayor described the situation in the local hospital as “desperate.”

Part of the challenge in Spain is that health care is largely in the hands of regional administrations rather than the central government.

While Mr. Sánchez has been stressing the strong level of cooperation with regional politicians, tensions are emerging. It has not helped that he leads a left-wing minority coalition government that barely scraped into office earlier this year, after inconclusive elections.

“We have a very good Spanish health system, but we have the problem that it is fragmented between 17 regions and under the control of politicians who often do not wear the same party colors,” said Ms. Hernández Puente, the health labor union official.

The state of emergency will come into force Saturday, but it’s unclear how far it will stretch.

As in Italy, there are concerns about tightening the screw too far on the movement of people in Spain, which is heavily reliant on its services industry, particularly a tourism sector that accounts for 12 percent of Spain’s gross domestic product.

In a report published Friday, academics from the Esade university warned that the economic impact of coronavirus on Spain “will be more severe than in other countries because of its economic structure.”

Even as Spain prepares its state of emergency, Mr. Sánchez has continued to emphasize that Spain should coordinate its response to coronavirus with its European Union partners. So far those responses have been diffuse.

As a Socialist leader, Mr. Sánchez has also sounded acutely aware of what he learned from the euro debt crisis, when countries like Spain imposed stringent budget cuts and austerity measures.

“Europe knows it cannot repeat errors that end up burdening our economies,” Mr. Sánchez said Thursday.

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