Spanish regions adopt new partial lockdowns

The regional government of the the largest Spanish autonomous community, Castilla y León, decided yesterday (5 October) to implement partial lockdowns in León and Palencia for 14 days to curb the quick surge in COVID-19 infections reported in both cities in past weeks, EFE reported.

Castilla y León’s president and health minister, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco (Popular Party) and Verónica Casado respectively, confirmed the decision yesterday over Twitter.

The new lockdowns in León and Palencia will be similar to the extra measures already implemented in Madrid, which recorded a two-week incidence rate of 692.1 cases per 100,000 people, the largest spike in Europe during that period.

The Spanish capital has been under partial lockdown since last Saturday (3 October), meaning its residents cannot leave the city limits except for essential trips and work, for which they need to show official permission if requested.

Police have set up checkpoints on main roads leading out of the city.

Partial lockdowns, which are less strict than the draconian measures implemented under the state of alarm between March and June, are also in force across nine of the capital’s satellite cities for a period of 14 days that could still be extended.

Were the situation to worsen in Madrid within the next 10 days despite the stricter measures, the president of the Castilla-La Mancha region (south), Emiliano García-Page (socialist, PSOE), told private television Antena3 in an interview yesterday that he proposes stricter measures be taken.

“Madrid has a problem: it is bigger than the rest (of Spanish cities). But the problem is national”, he added. (EUROEFE)

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