Posted: Thursday October 22 2020 10:16
Last Friday, October 9, the Community of Madrid entered a state of alarm. The move was taken by the government, which was unable to reach agreement with the region’s executive on measures to deal with the second wave of coronavirus infections. That same afternoon, the BOE confirmed the decision and, with it, angered Isabel Díaz Ayuso: “Madrid should not be alarmed. If it’s not free, it won’t be Madrid, ”wrote the community president on her Twitter account.
The alarm state is valid for 15 days. Once this period has elapsed, the government can choose to extend it, although for this it must have the approval of the Congress of Deputies, in accordance with the Constitution. Even so, the executive has already made it clear that it will not seek an extension of this measure, so that next Saturday at 4:52 p.m. the state of alarm will end. And there’s a lot in the air: There is still talk of the possibility of a curfew, which the regional government proposed earlier this week, though it later backed off, as well as selective lockdowns by areas basic health. In short, there are 48 hours left before the end of the measures and Madrid does not have a clear plan B.
New restrictions expected on Friday
The Community has not yet published the measures it intends to apply from Saturday, although Health is expected to publish a new order with restrictions on Friday. Thursday afternoon there is an inter-territorial meeting and, as we move forward to LaSexta, the possibility of a curfew is on the table – with the nuances of community government.
In this sense, Isabel Díaz Ayuso and her team propose to control night mobility between 00:00 and 06:00. The intention is to avoid parties and bottles and to stop infections in the 15 to 29 age group. However, given the possibility of a curfew, the executive of the Community of Madrid recognizes that it does not have the power to execute it alone and that it depends on the central government.
The Madrid region hopes with these measures to tackle two flanks of contagion: on the one hand, that which occurs in young people – according to its data, 28% of the total contagion occurs in people between 15 and 29 years old – and, on the one hand, on the other hand, the transmission of the virus in the private sphere which, according to Ignacio Aguado, covers 80% of infections.
Madrid has gone on high alert due to its high incidence of infections. According to the regional executive, on October 7, the cumulative incidence of the previous 15 days was 598 cases, although the Ministry of Health assured that this number rose to 710 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Barely two weeks after this dispute, the Ministry of Health of Madrid points out to LaSexta that “the cumulative incidence in the Madrid capital has fallen to around 380 cases per 100,000 inhabitants”, while in the region they are “d ‘about 390-400 cases “. Even so, the agency left a message of caution: “We must not trust each other and we must continue to work to reduce this data”, sentence.