Many believe that the measures were taken late and that they are not enough to stop the epidemic.
Residents of the Villa de Vallecas and Fuenlabrada neighborhoods, among others, denounced “a quarantine of category” and demanded the resignation of the president of the Community of Madrid.
Protesters chanted, among other things, “more doctors and more scanners,” “it’s segregation, not isolation,” and “Ayuso, resign!”
The Madrid Federation of Residents rejected the measures imposed on the community and called them “unfair, which favors exclusion and segregationism.” In addition, he called for support measures, such as avoiding overcrowding in public transport.
Madrid is the European capital with the highest incidence of Covid-19. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, by September 13, there were 700.16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the Spanish capital. It is followed by Prague, with 269.52 cases, and Paris, with 202 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The increase in the number of new cases in the region has led the regional government to impose measures for 37 areas. Among other things, the premises will operate at 50% capacity, parks and gardens will remain closed, and entry and exit from quarantined areas will be restricted, except in exceptional cases – travel to work, school or health centers. .
The Ministry of Health reported the most recent 14,389 new cases, a record number. Of the total, 4,967 correspond to the previous day, and 1,553 come from the Madrid community, which has reported more than 1,000 cases since mid-August.
Quarantine and isolation measures are required in more than 70 Spanish municipalities.
Community Health Adviser Enrique Ruiz Escudero said on Sunday, after a meeting with the central government and city halls, that “it was not an easy decision” to approve the restrictions for the 37 areas of the Community of Madrid.
He said about 4,000 people were hospitalized in the region on Saturday. Three hundred are in intensive care, and 37 people have died in the last 24 hours.
In an interview with ABC, he said that if the measures taken in the region do not prove effective, “if we have to close Madrid, we will do it.”
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez acknowledged that the epidemic was worrying, but said his country was better prepared than March to tackle it and ruled out a new quarantine nationwide.
Regarding Madrid, before meeting with Ayuso on Monday, he avoided arguing and stated that he goes to the meeting with the desire to cooperate.
The local, regional police and the Civil Guard will carry out random checks, but will not impose fines within the first 48 hours of the measures coming into force.
At the end of the week, the Spanish Ministry of Health does not make an assessment, but until Friday, in the country, 640,040 contaminations and 30,495 deaths associated with the new coronavirus were registered. Spain is the most affected European country.