Madrid introduces new restrictions as COVID cases continue to spike



Coronavirus-related restrictions will be reimposed in parts of Spain’s capital Madrid, the regional government said on Friday.

Spain has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Europe, and Madrid is the worst-hit region. From today, more than 850,000 people in the Madrid region will face limits on travel and sizes of groups.

“There are 37 basic areas where the incidence is very high, over 1,000 for every 100,000 people in the last 14 days”, said Madrid regional government chief Isabel Diaz Ayuso.

“We are aware that if do not take these measures, the situation will be worse in a few days”, said Ignacio Aguado, the deputy premier of the Madrid region.

Under the new measures, people will be allowed in and out for essential activities such as going to school or work, or to care for dependents. Social gatherings are reduced to six people and public parks will remain closed. Capacity at stores and other commercial establishments is set at 50%.


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