Sánchez to take extra measures as COVID-19 cases doubled in Madrid in a single day

Cases of contagion with coronavirus have more than doubled in Madrid autonomous community in the last 24 hours, while across Spain confirmed cases of contagion also rose on Monday to a total of 1204 and 24 deaths, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

According to the latest figures provided by Fernando Simón, head of the Center for Emergencies and Health Alerts in Spain’s Health Ministry, the number of infected people in the capital Madrid alone doubled from 202 to 469 on Monday (9 March).

Most of the new cases are elderly people between 70 and 90 years old.

The Basque Country (north) is the second Spanish autonomous community after Madrid with the highest figure of infected with coronavirus (149).

Monday evening, the regional president of the Madrid community Isabel Díaz Ayuso decided to close all education centres, including schools and universities, as from Wednesday and for two weeks.

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa also recommended doing teleworking in Madrid and two specific regions in the Basque Country (Vitoria and Álava).

Simón also reported that in Madrid’s autonomous community, encompassing almost 7 million people, 16 persons who contracted coronavirus died because of complications of previous chronic diseases.

Meanwhile, Spain’s socialist PM Pedro Sánchez convened an urgent meeting of the Monitoring Committee on Monday (9 March) to follow-up on the coronavirus crisis.

The meeting was intended to evaluate the situation and decide if current measures were sufficient to contain and prevent future cases in the country.

At the end of the meeting, Sánchez said the government will shortly put in place extra prevention measures without further elaborate though.

He also asked the population to stay calm and follow the recommendations of the Health Ministry.

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