According to the court, the government’s Last Week Isolation Order affects the rights and fundamental freedoms of the 4.5 million people living in the area.

According to a Spanish government order that came into force last Friday, people living in an isolated area should not leave the area for reasons other than work, school or health.

Coronary infections have increased exponentially in Madrid and the surrounding area recently. In the area designated for isolation, 700 infections per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported, compared with 257 cases per 100,000 inhabitants elsewhere in Spain.

As the Madrid Autonomous Court did not agree to ratify the government order, the police have no legal grounds to impose fines for disobedience.

According to the court, the Spanish Ministry of Health was not entitled to impose a closure, as responsibility for health matters lies with the Spanish Autonomous Communities, in this case Madrid.

The Spanish government can appeal against the decision of the Autonomous Court.