The Government makes use of this mechanism, provided for in article 116 of the Constitution, in order to guarantee the protection of citizens’ health, the containment of disease and the reinforcement of the public health system.
“We put people’s health at the center of our priorities” said the President in his appearance before the media at the end of the Council of Ministers.
This decree, while guaranteeing the food supply and promoting social distancing measures, allows for basic necessities of life. The fulfillment of the decreed measures will be ensured by the State Security Forces and Corps, as well as by the regional and local Police, which are under the direct orders of the Minister of the Interior, and the action of the Armed Forces may also be required.
Likewise, the President has indicated that the next Council of Ministers will approve new economic and scientific support measures which will be added to those already active in the Economic Shock Plan initiated on March 10th. Specifically, they will be developed in four areas: support for workers, the self-employed, businessmen, families and vulnerable groups; flexibility of the mechanisms for the temporary adjustment of activity to avoid layoffs; support for the economic activity of companies to guarantee liquidity and, finally, support for research into the coronavirus vaccine.
In his speech, the President expressed his recognition to the health professionals, whom he considers an example of heroism for their dedication and work during these days, a recognition which he extended to the public authorities and the State Security Forces and Corps.
He also thanked researchers, the world of culture, entrepreneurs and freelancers, the media, blood donors, families and caregivers of vulnerable people, for their collaboration in their respective actions in the fight which, united, he said, we are going to win.