25 Jan, 2021 @ 20:00
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New Spanish health minister to be announced tomorrow as Salvador Illa resigns to run in Catalunya elections

El Ministro De Sanidad Salvador Illa Anuncia Nievas Restricciones Para Evitar Los Rebrotes De Covid19
Madrid, Spain; 14/09/2020.- The government bans smoking outdoors and closes nightlife venues. The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, announces the measures against Covid-19 after meeting with the representatives of the autonomous communities in an extraordinary Interterritorial Council held this morning in Madrid. Photo: Juan Carlos Rojas/Picture Alliance | usage worldwide

TOMORROW will be the final day for Salvador Illa in his role as Spanish Minister of Health, the office of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has confirmed in a statement.

Illa, who was unveiled as the prospective health minister almost exactly one year ago, is quitting his post to run for elections taking place in Catalunya on February 14.

This is part of the Socialist Party’s (PSOE) plan to increase its influence in Catalunya, whose government is currently led by pro-independence parties.

According to a poll by the Centre for Socialist Studies, the PSOE is on track to win the largest share of the votes in the Catalan election, though not all polls have reached the same conclusion.

The Prime Minister’s office also announced in the statement that it would disclose Illa’s successor tomorrow.

According to Reuters, a government source has named Carolina Darias, current Regional Policy Minister, as the most likely candidate.

Daria has worked closely with Illa and regional health chiefs during the pandemic, meaning she has crucial experience for the position.

Incidence Rate 2
RAMPANT: Total confirmed cases in Spain. Source: https://elpais.com/sociedad/2020/07/27/actualidad/1595838623_808240.html

Her first task would be to stem the rising third wave of coronavirus infections, which has led to the reintroduction of tough measures across the country.

Spain’s 14-day incidence rate has now exceeded 800 cases per 100,000 people. 

Laurence Crumbie

Laurence Crumbie is a writer from the UK based in Estepona. Before joining the Olive Press he worked as a freelance travel journalist in Myanmar, where he lived for two years.
When he isn't planning his next intrepid trip, Laurence is hunting for great green stories, especially local ones, or writing features for the La Cultura section.
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