Madrid Sets Restrictions as the Number of COVID-19 Cases in the City Soars

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Madrid Sets Restrictions as the Number of COVID-19 Cases in the City Soars
Madrid Sets Restrictions as the Number of COVID-19 Cases in the City Soars

Madrid’s regional authorities have implemented new restrictions on 7 September to try to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. According to the regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the new measures will be imposed in the Spanish capital for at least 15 days. The restrictions come as Spain tries to grapple with the second wave of the virus.

The daily life restrictions include a 50 percent reduction in the occupancy at bars, with people seated at least 1.5 meters apart. Occupancy has also been reduced at places of worship, as well as funerals and weddings, from 75 percent to 60 percent. The same goes for sports centers, zoos, theme parks, casinos and sports centers. In addition, no more than 10 are now able to gather at social events, including public places and homes. 

We talked to the owner of SUPPLEMENTNATION.COM.AU who said that we may see some sort of restrictions in place until the distribution of a COVID vaccine, hopefully by early next year. “Social restrictions are particularly crucial to protecting the elderly. After all it is easy for the young to spread the virus without even having any symptoms.

As such, making wise lifestyle choices is particularly crucial at this time. Staying healthy is not just about staying away from large social gatherings but it is also about looking after our health by eating nutritious food and taking supplements.” 

According to Madrid’s health authority, a number of hotels will be converted into health facilities for the treatment of COVID-19 patients to relieve pressure on the hospitals in the capital.

In addition, the number of tracers will be doubled to increase the number of people identified as being at risk after coming in contact with a person diagnosed with the virus. Last but not least, the region is also planning to acquire 2 million antigen tests, which can provide results in as little as 15 minutes. 

Authorities from Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León, both regions that border Madrid, have 

placed pressure on Madrid’s regional authorities to impose restrictions—both regions have blamed their increase in coronavirus cases on those traveling from the capital. While Madrid’s regional authorities have imposed numerous restrictions, thus far no parameter confinement of the city has been imposed.

Unlike some other areas of the world, such as Australia’s state of Victoria, which has imposed a heavy-handed lockdown, Madrid’s authorities have said that a parameter confinement in the capital would not be “appropriate.”

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