MADRID – ‘Stay at home’

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa (PSOE), and Madrid mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida (Popular Party), recommended on Tuesday to limit mobility in the county’s capital “to a minimum”, as extra preventive measures to help contain the fast spread of the second COVID-19 wave, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

However, Illa told private radio station Cadena SER in an interview that it is currently not necessary to declare a “State of Alarm” in Madrid, although it would be appropriate to analyse further complementary measures to restrict mobility and social gatherings in the capital, should the situation worsen, Cadena SER reported on its website.

“I would recommend to the people of Madrid that they restrict their mobility as much as possible to what is essential these days,” he said. According to him, not only should contacts be limited to the narrowest circle possible, but information approved by  the (regional/Comunidad de Madrid) government should also be scrupulously respected”, he went on to say.

On Tuesday (22 September), José Luis Martínez-Almeida had recommended that the  people of Madrid stay at home and “go out as little as possible” in view of the –he said- “worrying” situation that the city is suffering due to the fast increase in contagions, EFE reported.

The day before (21 September), new measures to combat the fast spread of the pandemic in Madrid entered into force, limiting social gatherings to no more than six people and putting neighbourhoods in the southern (poorest) districts of the capital which have seen the most infections back into partial lockdown for at least 14 days.

Those living in the six districts affected in the Spanish capital and another seven municipalities in the area – which would gather close to 1 million people – are not allowed to leave these zones, unless they were to travel for work or other essential activities. Those areas are home to 13% of the capital’s population and a quarter of the city’s infections. (EUROEFE)

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