Spain is the second most bereaved country in the world after Italy. If Madrid pays the heaviest price for Covid-19, Barcelona also counts its deaths by the thousands. From the start, which was stricter than in France, the confinement was further tightened, as evidenced by this Frenchman from Barcelona.
Going out to stretch your legs or jogging was already prohibited. And for the past few days, only a few rare professions have been allowed to circulate, explains Pierre-Olivier Bousquet.
“We can no longer go out to work if we do not have a job that is linked to an essential function of the Spanish economy, a medical profession, if we are a garbage collector if we are a cashier. If we are in an accounting firm or in real estate, you can’t go to your office anymore. “
And no question not to comply with the rules: “It’s a very hard confinement, but one that is really respected because in Barcelona there is both the army and obviously the national police, and the local police, who are on every corner, so it is extremely followed, because anyway, if we do not respect, there is a fine immediately. “
Born in Auvergne, the Frenchman has lived in Barcelona for 12 years, where he is a real estate agent. Since the start of confinement, like most self-employed workers, he no longer carries out any activity:
“There are many people who are in liberal professions in Barcelona, and these people, if they do not work, they have no salary, and knowing that in addition, unlike in France, we will be entitled possibly 700 euros in aid, but hypothetically, and later. Social security still took the contribution of self-employed this month, so there is really no support from the Spanish state. “
While in France, we are starting to talk about a future deconfinement, on the other side of the Pyrenees, we are far from it:
“How can we imagine a perspective when we have still used an ice rink in Madrid to put bodies? We are not even at the peak yet. For the moment, we are still in the eye of the cyclone We will know, I think a little more next week, but for now, the state is too busy managing the crisis to consider an exit for now. “
Also president ofUFE Catalonia (Union of French nationals abroad), ce which undoubtedly calls the most Pierre-Olivier Bousquet in the management of the pandemic in Barcelona, it is the art of managing the Catalan population, like welcoming some of the Covid-19 patients to places generally dedicated to commercial or festive functions:
“There is a gym located next to the Hospital del Mar, right at Villa Olimpica by the sea, which has been made available to the hospital for patients. There are others who will be installed in public places. We are in system D. It is at the same time worrying, because we say that the situation is very serious, but it is also reassuring on the capacities of the community to adapt and find solutions in crisis situation.”
Several sports complexes in Barcelona have been refurbished and five hotels in the city transformed into hospitals, making a thousand additional places available.
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