Spain: Madrid imposes movement restrictions in high COVID risk areas affecting over 850,000 people

President of the Community of Madrid Isabel Diaz Ayuso announced during a press conference on Friday new «measures to restrict mobility» in the 37 areas of Madrid most affected by the coronavirus. «To entry and to leave these areas is restricted, except for necessary, basic issues, such as medical assistance or labour, legal issues, attending to school, to the care for the elderly, or any matter of force majeure,» said Ayuso. The decision affects six districts of the Madrid capital and eight municipalities of the Autonomous Community. The affected areas are mostly working-class neighbourhoods located on the south and east of the city, in which it is estimated that around 850,000 people live and which have registered a higher recorded incidence of the virus, with 1,000 infections per every 100,000 inhabitants. Madrid is currently the region most affected by the pandemic in all of Europe. In the last two weeks, 43,939 cases have been diagnosed, out of a total of 181,959 recorded cases since the start of the pandemic, according to the Ministry of Health. Mandatory credit: Community of Madrid.

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