President Francina Armengol of the Balearics

President Armengol in parliament on Tuesday.

26-01-2021Jaume Morey

President Armengol said in parliament on Tuesday that she has "demanded" that the Spanish government authorises regional authorities to be able to order home confinement and earlier curfews if necessary. "We are insisting that the Spanish government is consistent. As it has placed management of the pandemic in the hands of regional governments, it should give us all the necessary tools to stop the virus. Having these tools means that we are given the ability to bring forward the curfew or even to apply home confinement."

Armengol insisted that her priority is to save lives and that she will adopt all measures to do this. "I will not stop making decisions that are necessary to protect the health of our citizens. It has been vital to reduce the pressure on our health service, to avoid intensive care units being overwhelmed, and to protect our health workers, who have experienced a year of relentless struggle."

The president said that she understood the harm that measures cause to the economy. For this reason, other Balearic demands have been made, such as direct aid from Madrid for sectors which have been affected.

She was hopeful that the situation will improve by the spring. The Balearics, she stated, are prepared to immunise the population in three months, if the necessary doses of the vaccine arrive. "As the immunisation of the most vulnerable and of our essential health workers progresses, mortality and severe cases will be reduced. Therefore, measures as tough as the current ones will not be necessary when transmission slows down and the risk of hospitals being overwhelmed is reduced."

Armengol highlighted the need for a "vaccination passport" to guarantee mobility by those who are protected against the virus. "It is important that we are immunised here" and it is also important that there is sufficient immunisation in countries which are the main tourism markets "in order to allow their people to travel".

She called for an adjustment to the vaccination programme in arguing that once the most vulnerable in Spain have been vaccinated, priority should he given to regions with high dependence on tourism. If this were to be the case, then mass vaccination in the Balearics would mean that the population is vaccinated within three months.

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DavidJ / Hace 9 months

Yet another wine glass full of water........??

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DavidJ / Hace 9 months

Yet another wine glass full of water........??

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James w / Hace 9 months

This woman will meet her day. Nobody has faith in her and the polls show this as true. She only wants home confinement to put as stop to the growing numbers demonstrating every week.. Not just about the closing of the hospitality sector but growing concerns of a totalitarian ruling. She has destroyed everything vibrant and special about the Balearics in under a year. Some needs to sit her down and explain you can't 100% eradicate a virus only surpress it. Unfortunately her policies are worse than the virus. This is just a taste of socialist rule. Spain did vote this maybe they will think differently in 2023 if will still have a democracy.

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Juan love / Hace 9 months

The spread of poisonous politics in Spain is worse than Coronavirus itself.

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Rich / Hace 9 months

Armengol so far. Has exerted control over the peoples rights. Has adopted policies that have blatantly failed. Has a quite ridiculous target of no-one in the balearics dying from covid. Of totally irraddicaing the virus. Puts her faith in masks which are proven to make littles difference. Is putting all her faith in a vaccine that has only shown success in 95% of cases let alone its efficacy regarding the mutating virus. Wants to create two levels of citizenship, those inoculated and those not, and paperwork to prove you rights. When will she burn down her Reichstag?? This woman must be contained. Her only concern is acquiring power in order for her at a later date to enforce her political agenda onto us.

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James / Hace 9 months

Sorry Mdme Armengol, no vaccine for me, thanks. I live here. What will you do ? Lock me up ? Like they should have done with you after being caught drunk and disorderly after the curfew had started.

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Harry / Hace 9 months

Uumm, shouldn’t that be communism doesn’t work ? You know, the people that built the iron curtain and the Berlin Wall, and tried to stop people leaving Cuba

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bentlyal / Hace 9 months

the tyrant speaks and sings from the same hymn sheet, further lockdowns (last 35 didn't work) 150th lockdown year 2026 same rhetoric, covid passports ( create social divide and class) forgetting the ones that can't take it, oh and the fact that nobody knows the efficacy of these unproven rushed vaccines!! She's asking for more tyrant power because the island is turning against her and she wants to quash the people!! it was supposed to be 3 weeks with an infinite extension of lockdown after lockdown.. Is anyone getting this yet? Lockdowns/masks don't work and the promise of vaccines (look around) to take us out of this. People Take a Stand now before we lose everything. Fascism is REAL

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Kasper / Hace 9 months

I have never been so scared of politicians as right now. Who do they think they are. Why dont they ask some grown ups before making decisions. Sanchez is killing the hope of People by saying there will be no turists before September. Nobody has so far been able to predict anything during the pandemic.

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Rich / Hace 9 months

As I said months ago she is striving for dictatorship. Don't forget the 'covid camps' I predicted.

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