Coronavirus: Madrid at serious risk without tougher rules, minister warns

Sun Online Desk

27th September, 2020 08:21:34 printer

Coronavirus: Madrid at serious risk without tougher rules, minister warns

The Spanish government has urged authorities in Madrid to tighten coronavirus restrictions across the city, warning of a "serious risk" to residents if they do not.

Madrid extended restrictions in Covid-19 hotspots on Friday but rejected calls for a city-wide lockdown.

On Saturday Spain's Health Minister Salvador Illa said current restrictions did not go far enough, BBC reported.

He said it was "time to act with determination" to control the pandemic.

Spain's regions are in charge of healthcare and so the central government does not have the power to impose the restrictions it prefers.

Madrid is again at the epicentre of Spain's coronavirus outbreak, as it was during the first peak earlier this year. The country recorded a further 12,272 cases on Friday, bringing the official total to 716,481, the highest infection tally in western Europe.

Spain and many other countries in the northern hemisphere have seen a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks.

 


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