It does not imply total closure, but restricts mobility among other measures. The inhabitants of the capital are puzzled.
Looking ahead to the long weekend for the October 12 holiday, Madrid residents once again feel the anguish of the state of alarm. The memory of the strict confinement that all of Spain had to undergo between March and June due to the health crisis that caused the coronavirus here generates chills, uncertainty and confusion among the residents of the Community of Madrid, where the Pedro Sánchez government declared this Friday the state of alarm due to the increase in infections.
Madrid does not return, however, to total confinement who lived during the peak of the pandemic: it is actually about restoring limitations on mobility and social life in the capital and in eight other municipalities of Madrid’s autonomy that had been annulled on Thursday by the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid.
Since the end of September, the Ministry of Health had established the perimeter closure for Madrid districts that exceeded 500 positive cases of covid per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks.
The residents of these towns had to avoid leaving their homes except to go to work, to study, to the doctor, to the bank, to the supermarket or to take care of the elderly or children.
The meetings could not exceed six people and the restaurants and bars, which were not allowed to give food or drink at the bar, would have permission to occupy the 50 percent of its stores and close at eleven at night.
As of this Friday, and for the next 15 days, these restrictions are again in force in Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Parla, Alcobendas, Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Getafe, Leganés and Móstoles.
“They will be the same measurements. Everything remains the same, simply with other legal coverage because the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid has expressed that the adopted formula is insufficient to limit fundamental rights such as movement and assembly -said the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, this Friday-. But the rules, I insist, are the same. “
More than 5.2 million Spaniards live with some type of limitation in their movements and in their social life.
The Community of Madrid, whose intensive therapy rooms are occupied almost in a 40 percent For patients with covid, it has a cumulative incidence of 563.86 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in the last fourteen days. In the capital, the figure amounts to 611.
“Protecting the health of the people of Madrid is indisputable. What’s up community spread in Madrid it is too, ”said Health Minister Salvador Illa.
And he cited some figures on the impact of the pandemic in the Madrid Community: since the beginning of the health emergency, some 260,000 people were infected and diagnosed by a PCR test.
“70 percent of these cases have occurred from July 1“Said Minister Illa and mentioned the 1,209 deaths caused by the coronavirus since then and the 1,458 health workers in Madrid who have been infected since May.
“From here on, patience has a limit. There is no more blind than the one who does not want to see, ‘Illa grew impatient. Consequently, measures must be taken to protect the health of Madrid residents and prevent this situation from spreading to other autonomous communities and putting the health of more people at risk. it is very important that the level of contagion in Madrid does not spread to the rest of Spain. “
On Thursday night, as soon as he returned from an official visit to Algiers, President Pedro Sánchez had telephoned the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. He had been given until noon this Friday to choose between three possibilities: issue an order to restore the restrictions that had been suspended on Thursday by the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid -by an appeal presented by the regional president herself-, that it was the Community of Madrid that requested the state of alarm or that it requested to the national government to do so.
The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, refused to close the capital although she asked Madrilenians to did not come out traveling for the long weekend.
His proposal was to apply limitations in mobility and social life in those health areas with the most contagions.