The Minister of Finance and government spokesperson, Maria Jesus Montero, defended this Saturday in LaSexta Night, to the doctor Fernando Simónresponsible for Coordination Center for Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health, from criticism for his words this week about Belgian tourists.
“I appreciate that the Belgians decide not to recommend coming to Spain. It is a problem that they take away from us. Less risk of importing cases. Belgium is better than some areas of Spain and worse than other areas of Spain, with which, we cannot ring our bells on the fly ”, Simon said last Monday.
Words by which had to explain three days later.
“If the tourism sector was offended, my apologies,” said Simón, who believes that “risks have to be properly assessed.” “It is not that we have to prevent tourists from coming, but that does not mean that we do not value the associated risks,” he said.
Asked about the controversy in LaSexta NightMaría Jesús Montero responded by assuring that the doctor “is an expert”:
“I understand that during this pandemic there are some elements that want to become the subject of controversy. But his words show that he is an expert. He is a technician, a person who has transferred, from the medical aspect, a no-brainer: that if it were for the technicians and experts, at this time the actions would be much more drastic, that mobility between countries had other connotations. He explained it perfectly and I think there is nothing else to move. ”
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This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.