12 May 2020
After 5,555 deaths, almost 9,000 if those in the homes are added, Torra has decided to change the policy followed so far in the search for better efficiency. Now, unlike the rest of the Autonomous Communities, their position implies delaying the start of Phase 1 of misconduct, a position that clashes with the slowness with which they adopted the precautionary measures, despite the fact that the Generalitat had its own plan, that if applied, it would have determined that the isolation measures would begin on February 22.
Now the new policy is to do a PCR test in the first 24 hours on any person suspected of being affected by SARS-CoV-2 to determine if they have the disease, isolate them and control their environment. Any person presenting symptoms of respiratory infection with fever, cough, or feeling short of breath is considered suspicious. This measure will be carried out by the Primary Assistance Centers. Until now, the procedure was different: people with mild symptoms that reported them had to wait for their homes, and the wait was usually nothing more than to see whether or not there was a process of aggravation of the disease, although with the passage Over time, a minority of them have also been diagnosed through the test. Now they would all be and within 24 hours.
The second major modification affects nursing homes, a single confirmed case will be considered an outbreak of the pandemic, a quarantine will be carried out and PCR tests will be carried out on all residents and workers. This measure is carried out when 3,309 people have already died in these centers.
The extent to which infected professionals could return to work after 14 days of isolation is also modified. Now, the PCR test will be required.