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Pandemic epicentre in Spain, Madrid reconfines for a fortnight



           


The regional community of Madrid has decided on a lighter reconfinement than last spring (photo: B.Luis)
The regional community of Madrid has decided on a lighter reconfinement than last spring (photo: B.Luis)
SPAIN. Nearly 860,000 inhabitants of the Madrid region (13% of the regional population) have to observe a new confinement since Monday 21 September 2020 and for a period of two weeks. The epicentre of the pandemic in Spain with a contagion rate of more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the Spanish capital has had to close its parks in these areas and restaurants and bars are obliged to restrict their capacity to 50%. Any grouping of more than six people (previously ten) is forbidden.

Even if the authorities recommend that they "stay at home most of the time", residents are allowed to leave their neighbourhood freely, but are only allowed to leave it to go to work, to the doctor or to take their children to school. And by presenting a written document proving the necessity of such a move.

On Sunday 20 September 2020, a demonstration against this reconfinement took place in front of the Regional Parliament of Madrid.

In a television interview on the evening of Saturday 19 September 2020, Pedro Sanchez stated that he "does not envisage a confinement of the country". However, the Spanish Prime Minister admitted that he is concerned that in Madrid "the number of new cases is double the national average and the number of hospitalisations triple".

According to the CSSE of the Johns Hopkins University, Spain is, with 640,040 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, the European Union country most affected by the coronavirus (ahead of France with 491,553 cases). 30,495 deaths have been recorded there (compared with 31,293 in France).


 


Frédéric Dubessy


Monday, September 21st 2020



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