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Full lockdown in Madrid rejected – City defies Spain’s government

Jack Troughton | September 29, 2020

Madrid’s regional government has rejected calls by Spain’s health minister to impose a city-wide lockdown.

Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the President of the community of Madrid said ‘the solution is not total confinement’ and has demanded more help from the Spanish government.

In a week, Madrid has recorded nearly 18,000 new cases and more than 40% of the intensive care beds are filled with Covid19 patients.

45 of 179 municipalities in Madrid are in partial lockdown. The partial restrictions are limited to parks, shops and restaurants which have been closed.

In opposition to the currently restrictions, protestors marched outside Madrid’s regional parliament last Sunday as hundreds of people argue that these restrictions have a more damaging effect on the poorer areas of the city.