The Congress of Deputies is not being oblivious to the increase in coronavirus infections that has occurred in recent days in the country as a whole, with an incidence of over 600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. More than thirty parliamentarians are confined to their respective homes, according to the calculations that this newspaper has been able to make from the data provided by the different parliamentary groups.
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PSOE sources have recognized that there are ten deputies from their group who are in quarantine either for having tested positive for any of the COVID tests or for having been close contacts of other infected people. From the PP they also explain that about a dozen of their parliamentarians are in the same situation, while in Unidos Podemos there are four confined deputies, two in ERC and one in Ciudadanos, as they have explained to this newspaper from the respective groups.
PNV and EH Bildu do not have a single deputy in quarantine, although the formation that brings together the nationalist left did have a confined parliamentarian, although the isolation ended this week. The newspaper ABC It has also reported that seven Vox deputies are also quarantined for being positive or close contacts. In sum, there are 34 isolated deputies.
As for the identity of those confined deputies, only the name of the first vice president of the Lower House, the socialist Alfonso Gómez de Celis, has transpired, who over the weekend announced his isolation for having maintained close contact with a positive, and the by Juan Ignacio López-Bas, from Ciudadanos.
Measures before the new wave
Faced with this resurgence of the pandemic, also in the Lower House, unanimously, the Board of Congress has approved in its meeting this Tuesday to recover the telematic vote for the initiatives that are debated in the plenary session this week, the last of the year. As explained by sources from the highest decision-making body of the Lower House, the decision has been approved “following the criteria of the health services report” of Parliament, given the increase in COVID cases and given that this week’s vote is expected long.
For the moment, the Board of Congress renounces to demand that the COVID passport be shown to access the Lower House, as requested by some groups such as Unidos Podemos, PNV or ERC, or reduce capacity as happened in other waves of the pandemic . This week’s is the last plenary session of the year and the next one will not be held until February.