The leader of the Popular Party in Spain, Pablo Casado, has once again insisted on the need to free Spain from mass confinement in order to begin reactivating the economy and avoid an even worse crisis.
IN order to do so, Casado has demanded that the government begin “massive tests to detect who is infected, isolate the most vulnerable and make face masks mandatory on the streets” instead of “medieval solutions like quarantine.”
In Casado’s opinion, if there is another outbreak in autumn, then people cannot be locked up at home again and, as a society, we will have to learn to live with the virus under new protective measures.
“In the face of a new outbreak, we cannot go back to exceptionality,” indicated Casado. The change he suggested was to make the use of face masks mandatory even on the streets instead of using time slots to allow people to go out.
Amongst other measures, he proposes the creation of a health passport which identifies individuals who have overcome the disease and grants them a larger freedom of movement. This passport would use a fingerprint which can also alert all the persons’ contacts to inform them that the individual has contracted the virus. Casado emphasises that this has been developed in other countries as part of their national strategies.
As for tourism, he has given the example of Asian countries who are testing tourists when they enter and exit the country. Casado says he “does not understand how the fourth euro economy cannot afford to test its tourists.”
Furthermore, Casado argues that it is incomprehensible that a Spanish company is manufacturing 1.5 million tests a week but has to export them because “the government does not buy them.”
The leader of the PP has criticised the prolongation of a State of Alarm, a measure which he deems as unnecessary. Casado has made it clear that he thinks that Sanchez is using this to his advantage and that the “government is very comfortable in a State of Alarm because it governs with ministerial orders, not even with decrees.”