Madrid extends lockdown, but not enough for central govt

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The Madrid regional government has increased the number of areas that were partially closed on Friday. This now affects a million people, but ignores the central government’s call for restrictions across the capital.

Antonio Zapatero, the region’s deputy health chief, said the restrictions, which go into effect Monday, would affect 167,000 people who can only move out of their district for work, school or medical reasons, despite being free to roam their area.

He also recommended that all 6.6 million residents of the region “avoid unnecessary movements” as authorities seek to slow the spread of the virus in the hardest-hit region of Spain.

Such measures have been imposed on another 850,000 people since Monday. Zapatero said they had targeted areas with an incidence of 1,000 cases per 100,000 people.

However, the measures fell far short of the central government’s call for the region to impose restrictions across the city.

At the same time as Zapatero in a separate press conference, Health Minister Salvador Illa said the government had “proposed extending restrictions to the entire city of Madrid as well as the surrounding areas with more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.” “.

He said the region should prepare for some “tough weeks”.

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