Madrid’s regional government says it could make face masks compulsory in all situations


Madrid’s regional government says it could make face masks compulsory in all situations, even when social distance can be guaranteed, unless the central government imposes stricter controls on arrivals at the capital’s Barajas airport.

Madrid and the Canary Islands are the only Spanish regions that do not already have such a rule.

Health Minister Salvador Illa told parliament there were 224 active coronavirus clusters in the country, mostly linked to parties, family events and fruit harvesting.

The total death toll in Spain from the epidemic is 28,424 people, with more than 266,000 confirmed cases.