The Community of Madrid delays the curfew and the closure of the hotel business at 11 p.m. from 00:00 on this Thursday, February 18. The measure was announced last Friday by the Deputy Minister of Public Health and Covid-19 plan, Antonio Zapatero, but it was subject to the evolution of the pandemic in the region. According to the latest epidemiological report from the Ministry of Health, the incidence accumulated at 14 days falls from 669 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 571 in the last week, a rate of infections that is still high but that serves the regional government presided over by Isabel Díaz Ayuso to continue with her plans to relax the measures. Madrid will delay from tomorrow the limit to night mobility by one hour and two the closure of restaurants and leisure establishments, Health sources confirm to elDiario.es.
The Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid (BOCM) already included this provision in the order that the Ministry of Health published this Saturday. “If it had gone wrong, we would have made a correction,” these same sources add. The curfew, therefore, will go from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the closure of the restaurants, cinemas and theaters, which is now set at 9 p.m. will be flexible until that time, although new customers will not be admitted as of 22 hours. The ban on meeting in homes continues and the maximum occupancy per table in restaurants will continue to be four people indoors and six people on the terrace. In addition, 55 basic health zones and 14 localities maintain mobility and capacity restrictions.
The cumulative incidence in the region falls, compared to the previous week. The decrease is more pronounced when compared with the data from two weeks ago when it was close to a thousand cases, at 999. But it is still high by the standards set by the Ministry of Health, which describes a rate as “very high” that exceeds 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. Zapatero pointed out that the decision to modify the curfew as of Thursday would be taken “based on the epidemiological trend and the level of healthcare pressure.” Today the region is the autonomous community with the highest rate of infections in the country, only surpassed by the city of Melilla.
It also has the highest rate of hospitalizations and admissions to the ICU, something that worries health care professionals and epidemiologists exhausted due to a pressure on care that has never returned to normal before the pandemic. The occupation of intensive care units already reaches 149%, compared to the capacity prior to the pandemic, 59% compared to the current one. Plant revenues are down but still high.
According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, which places the accumulated incidence in the region at 527 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the Community of Madrid –which has been the one that has maintained the most lax restrictions during this third wave– is the autonomy that least the rate of infections has dropped compared to other regions with tougher measures that have bent the curve more clearly and sharply in this third wave.
Among the concerns that the Deputy Minister expressed last Friday to maintain prudence before delaying the curfew – which Ayuso wanted to be effective this Friday – is also the high presence of the British strain in the region, a variant that is more transmissible than it can be 70% more contagious. This strain already represents 30% of infections in the autonomous region, exceeding 50% in some areas of the region.
“The different strains have changed the government’s strategy,” said the Madrid president recently. From the regional executive they expressed their concern because for weeks “entire families” came to the emergency room with coronavirus, something that had not happened in the previous waves. Zapatero also raised the alarm that two cases of the Brazilian variant had been detected in Madrid, which is more dangerous due to its mortality and because it could be resistant to the vaccine.
Incidence by municipalities and districts
According to the latest epidemiological report from the Ministry of Health, the rate of infections in the region is uneven according to municipalities. Seven of them place their incidence above the average for the region (570 cases), with Collado Villalba being the one that leads with more than a thousand cases (1,042) per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. They are followed by Torrejón de Ardoz (780), San Sebastián de los Reyes (775), Alcobendas (745), Aranjuez (620), Pozuelo de Alarcón (611) and Majadahonda (602). On the contrary, the localities with the least incidence are Valdemoro (317), Móstoles (425) and Leganés (425).
In the capital, the accumulated incidence stands at 546.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days. By districts, those with the highest incidence are Chamberí (661), Salamanca (654), Moncloa-Aravaca (642), Puente de Vallecas (588), Chamartín (583) Centro (577) and Tetuán (566), three of the they are the ones with the largest number of catering establishments in the city of Madrid. The districts with the least incidence are Barajas (395), Vicálvaro (419) and Usera (442).
Source: ElDiario.es – ElDiario.es by www.eldiario.es.
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