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Madrid will be closed during the December bridge, a decision that the Deputy Minister of Health and the Covid-19 Plan, Antonio Zapatero, already hinted last Wednesday. Since the first perimeter closures of this second wave took place, the Community never wanted to extend the measure beyond what President Isabel Díaz Ayuso said was “strictly necessary.” On this occasion, Zapatero said, the restriction will be extended for 10 days “because the level of mobility that occurs in Madrid doubles and some days triples mobility on other bridges or weekends.” You will not be able to leave or enter the region between December 4 and 13 [desde las 00.00 del día 4 a las 00.00 del lunes 14].
Díaz Ayuso is now in favor of extending the measure, he changes his criteria a month later, when he separated himself from the rest of the autonomies, closing the region for days and not for weeks. “It is a surgical measure to collaborate with the rest of the administrations to avoid massive displacements and get a pulse and continue to lower the number of infections in the face of such an important date as Christmas,” he said this Friday during an act.
Meanwhile, the curfew remains in force from 00.00 to 6.00 and the strategy for Christmas continues to be outlined. “To which we want to arrive in the best possible conditions”, said Zapatero, who insisted: “We are not going to advance anything.” Regarding the perimeter closures by basic health areas, Elena Andradas, the general director of Public Health, has reported that the threshold to activate restrictions has dropped from 500 to 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. Thus, he has listed, there will be six new zones in which the restrictions will be activated starting at 00:00 on Monday, November 23 and for 14 days. In Madrid capital, the area of Vicálvaro-Artilleros (Vicálvaro) and La Elipa (Ciudad Lineal). In the rest of the region, Cuzco, Castilla-La Nueva and Alicante (Fuenlabrada) and La Moraleja (Alcobendas).
The deputy minister of Public Health and the Covid-19 Plan of the Community of Madrid, Antonio Zapatero. In video, Zapatero announces the closure of the community during the Constitution bridge.
“And another seven areas are coming out because they show a decrease of more than 50% in the accumulated incidence in the last 14 days and there is a marked downward trend,” Andradas added. These areas are, in Madrid capital, Núñez Morgado (Chamartín), Puerta del Ángel (Latina), Villaamil (Tetuán), Virgen de Begoña (Fuencarral-El Pardo); and in the rest of the community, Barrio del Puerto and Doctor Tamames (Coslada) and Painters (Parla). “These will be excluded and the restriction is maintained until 00.00 hours on November 30 for the rest of the basic areas, 30,” Andradas explained. This, he has encrypted, “represents 9.3% of the population of the Community in which 11.8% of cases occur”.
“Madrid will be strict and will continue to adopt prudent measures and try to put measures so that the virus does not develop,” Zapatero said last Wednesday in an interview on Antena 3. Also the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, has alluded to several times this week to “prudence.” Madrid, with a cumulative incidence with a downward trend for weeks, marked this Thursday 297 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, according to data from the ministry. “The first time it falls below 300,” Zapatero recalled this morning.
Hospital pressure has also dropped, patients admitted to acute care have dropped this week from 2,000 – this Thursday they were at 1,881 – and the Intensive Care Units also support less pressure, already below 400 –378 critics had been admitted last night according to the data that the Madrid Society of Intensive Medicine updates every night. Health professionals and experts celebrate this slow but constant decline, although they also opt for prudence, recalling that these figures in ICUs mean an occupation of 85% of their structural beds.
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