The entire city of Madrid and nine other municipalities in the region are now facing partial lockdown restrictions against the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Wednesday, following an agreement that will apply to all regions in Spain regarding criteria for confinement.
Full details of the new measures have now been published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) – although the Madrid authorities have already questioned their legal validity. The Madrid regional health chief, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, stated that the plan lacked any legal status because not all of the regions had voted in favour of the measures. The order will still need to be published by the affected regions of Spain in their own respective gazettes.
It follows a meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, in which a majority of Spains 17 autonomous regions approved restrictive measures on mobility in communities that exceed 500 cases of Coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, have a positivity rate in tests higher than 10% – and an occupation of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs) of above 35%.
With these criteria, 10 municipalities in the region of Madrid, including the city itself, will have to establish perimeter confinements, among other limitations.
This agreement has been approved by a broad majority, said Illa after the meeting on Wednesday with the healthcare authorities of all Spains 17 autonomous regions.