The regional government of Madrid it will take “more drastic” measures to stop the advance of the coronavirus “in the line of selective confinements” in the areas with the highest incidence, as well as restrictions on mobility and concentration of people.
The measures will be known this weekend, Antonio Zapatero, Deputy Minister of Public Health and the COVID-19 Plan of the Community of Madrid, announced this Wednesday.
The Madrid region has 6.5 million inhabitants, of which about half are in the capital. The Community of Madrid accumulates a third of new infections in the last 24 hours (1,207), according to the latest official data.
Following the measure already adopted for example in France, Zapatero also explained that “Madrid is proposing to the Ministry (of Health) the possibility of reducing quarantines to seven days“, Because” a seven-day quarantine carried out at a high percentage is better than not complying with the quarantines of the 14 days or days “.
The average age of cases detected in recent weeks is 39 years, but the hospitalized have an average of 63 in the capital region, where 6.6 million people live. The Ministry places the percentage of hospital beds occupied by Covid patients in the Community of Madrid at 21%, compared to 8.5% of the national average and the increase in cases is also impacting primary care, whose doctors affirm be saturated.
At a press conference, Zapatero explained that the situation in the Madrid region is one of “maintenance of the level of infection”, but considered that it is necessary to anticipate and contemplate “all kinds of measures”, whose objective is to lower the curve of the number of infected, he added.
Zapatero clarified that “Technically” it is not possible to speak of confinements and they have to study the legal aspects of this measure, but stressed that, given the epidemiological situation in the region, “we must take a step” because there is a “relaxation” of citizen behavior that “we cannot afford”.
In the neighborhood Vallecas Bridge, one of the lowest-income in the capital, the incidence is more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
In some of the most affected areas, such as Madrid neighborhoods of Villaverde and Usera, oh go municipalities of Parla, Fuenlabrada and Alcobendas, the incidence in the last two weeks exceeds 700 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, well above the Spanish average (280), in turn one of the highest in Europe.
So far, despite the increase in cases in recent weeks, especially in the southern part of the capital and the region, the regional government had resisted taking more restrictive measures, as has happened in recent weeks in different towns in other Spanish regions.
(With information from EFE and AFP)