Madrid refuses new Covid lockdown as chief says ‘folks get run over on daily basis, however we don’t ban vehicles’

Madrid refuses new Covid lockdown as leader says ‘people get run over every day, but we don’t ban cars’

MADRID has rejected requires a brand new coronavirus lockdown as hospitalisations hit 350 a day amid a surge in instances.

Metropolis authorities have dismissed calls to as soon as once more shut down the capital regardless of stress from nationwide Spanish well being chiefs.

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Madrid metropolis chief Isabel Diaz Ayuso has stated the answer to the virus is “not complete confinement” as she demanded extra motion, not restrictions, to beat the virus.

Spanish TV channel Antena Three described the town authorities as on a “conflict footing” with the nationwide authorities within the row.

It got here as new restrictions have been imposed on outlets, eating places and parks as Spain just lately recorded its highest day by day loss of life toll since Might.

Ms Ayuso has beforehand argued “folks get run over on daily basis however that doesn’t imply we ban vehicles” as she opposed full lockdown.

Protesters hit the streets outdoors Madrid’s regional parliament over the weekend as they demanded an finish to restrictions.

Spain as an entire as seeing a median of 350 folks going into hospital each 24 hours.

Madrid noticed practically 18,000 new instances final week and greater than 40 per cent of intensive care beds and now crammed with sufferers battling the virus.

Well being minister Salvador Illa has suggested any metropolis with a coronavirus fee of greater than 500 instances per 100,000 to close down.

Madrid already has greater than 700, however the regional authorities have refused to again down.

Ms Ayuso stated she is going to solely shut the town different qualifying places in Spain comply with and the federal government rolls out Covid testing at rail stations and Barajas Airport.

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“We’re ruining ourselves, we now have to go to artistic intermediate formulation. Madrid can’t be confined,” she stated.

“We’ve applied all doable measures in order that life continues as a result of we’re an financial engine and Madrid can’t be stopped.”

She urged the nationwide authorities to “belief Madrid” and guaranteed the town doing “all the things it has in its energy” to manage the virus.

Ms Ayuos additionally accused the federal government of again monitoring on non-public discussions the 2 sides shared final week.

Well being minister Illa admitted all the federal government can do is give suggestions and its as much as the native authorities to implement them.

Talking on Saturday, he stated: “We’re very frightened concerning the state of affairs within the Madrid area, the place there’s a critical healthcare threat not just for the folks there, but in addition these in neighbouring areas.

“It’s time for correct motion and to take management of the pandemic in Madrid with the intention of flattening the curve.”

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Spain was one of many worst impacted nations in Europe in the course of the first wave in March and April – with a complete of 735,198 instances and 31,232 deaths.

Nationwide the nation noticed greater than 10,000 instances and nearly 1,000 deaths a day on the peak of the pandemic.

Figures nonetheless have already hit 11,588 day by day instances on September 18 earlier than dipping off to round 5,000.

Many countries in Europe are seeing flares in coronavirus case counts going into the autumn and winter, together with Britain.

The World Well being Organisation warned Europe is going through a “very critical state of affairs” as new instances doubled in additional than half the nations within the EU.

Regional director Hans Kluge added: “We’ve fought it again earlier than and we are able to combat it again once more.”

Nevertheless, he admitted the rise in instances is partly right down to extra complete testing – however stated it was nonetheless a “wake-up name”.



Many countries are desperately attempting to keep away from imposing draconian measures which crippled their economies.

Nationwide lockdowns triggered the worst financial downturn worldwide because the Nice Melancholy – with it forecast to shrink to 4.5 per cent in 2020.

But lockdown-shunning Sweden has hailed its herd immunity plan as “vindicated” with simply 1.Three per cent of residents testing optimistic.

Nevertheless, scientists estimate that nationwide lockdowns could have saved thousands and thousands of lives in Europe alone.

A examine by Imperial School London assessed the impression of restrictions in 11 European nations – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK as much as the beginning of Might.

It estimated some 3.2million folks would have died if not for measures telling folks to remain dwelling and shutting companies.

Britain is now going through a tricky winter as new restrictions have been rolled out amid warnings a second lockdown – with anger mounting over the “idiotic” 10pm curfew.

The Authorities is battling to maintain the financial system open as authorities scientists alarmingly warn with out motion the UK may face 50,000 instances a day by October.