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Madrid, Spain restricts mobility through areas affected by COVID-19

The Madrid Region will restrict mobility in the 37 areas of the region most affected by COVID-19 as of Monday, whose inhabitants will only be able to travel to other places to go to work and fulfill legal or educational obligations, among others.

The restrictions will affect 855,193 people in the Community of Madrid in these 37 areas, where meetings of ten to six people will also be limited and there will be further reductions in capacity.

"We must avoid the state of alarm but above all confinement, confinement is the economic disaster and it must be avoided by all means," said the Madrid regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, at the press conference where she presented the new measures .

As explained by the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, the 37 areas chosen are basic health areas that in the last 14 days have a cumulative incidence of more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which show a stable or growing situation in this sense and that, due to their geographic contiguity, facilitate perimeter control of mobility.

The resident population in these areas is equivalent to 13 percent of the total of the Community of Madrid, but concentrates 25 percent of the cases of diagnosed coronavirus.
These exceptional measures, Escudero said, will be in force for 14 days from Monday, which may be extended if the epidemiological situation so requires.

The inhabitants of these areas will be prohibited from entering and leaving people except for basic issues such as assistance to health centers, work obligations, assistance to teaching and educational centers, return to habitual residence, care for the elderly, dependents and people with disabilities.

It will also be allowed to go to financial entities, go to carry out judicial or notarial procedures, renew official documentation, take official and non-postponed exams or tests, and other "force majeure" situations.

The movement of residents of these areas within them will be allowed with the general limitations in force for the region as a whole, although non-essential travel and activities are discouraged.


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