11:15 – The Madrid Minister of Health goes on to list some of the most outstanding measures:
Limitation of 10 people in social gatherings, both in the public and private sphere (until now it was limited in the public space). The capacity in places of worship, funeral facilities and celebrations such as weddings and communions drops from 75% to 60%. The number of attendees at the wakes remains the same: a maximum of 50 people outdoors and 25 indoors.In hotels and restaurants, a distance of at least one and a half meters from the assigned chairs to the rest of chairs, not until the rest of tables, as stipulated until now.
11:08 – Enrique Ruiz Escudero: “The measures that are taken are in continuous review and it is essential to adapt them to the epidemiological situation. We live in a time marked by the increase in cases in recent weeks and by the return to school, work and universities, which implies an increase in mobility and the use of public transport. This return must also be reinforced through measures “. (…) “The pandemic in Madrid is stable and controlled. Madrilenians can be calm. That does not mean that we can or should relax. That means that we have to remain on alert. We are in a pandemic and that implies that the health, social and economic situation is not what we would like. Individual responsibility is essential each. And I will not tire of repeating the importance of complying with the measures that we all know. ”
Escudero: “The pandemic in Madrid is stable and controlled. People can be calm”
11:00 – The Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid appears live, Enrique Ruiz Escudero placeholder image, which will explain the measures envisaged in the ‘return operation’ to contain the expansion of the coronavirus.
10:53 – The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has asked the regional presidents than do not close schools in case of outbreaks detected without prior consultation with the Ministry of Health, since otherwise the virus could spread instead of appeasing it. This was transferred to the regional leaders during the telematic videoconference of presidents this Friday, where he also advanced the call for a Council for Fiscal and Financial Policy this month to talk about regional financing.
Pedro Sánchez, during the conference of regional presidents. (EFE)
10:43 – Catalonia has registered 135,650 accumulated confirmed cases of coronavirus until this Friday, 1,465 more that in Thursday’s count, reports the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat through its website. The total death toll amounts to 13,061, ten more than those registered on Thursday: 7,901 in a hospital or social health center, 4,168 in residence, 830 at home and 162 that are not classifiable due to lack of information.
9:48 – The Ministry of Health of the Generalitat has extended some of the restrictions in Reus (Tarragona). In a resolution published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat of Catalonia (Dogc), the authorities recommend that citizens leave their home only to attend work, health centers, care for the elderly, minors or dependents, travel to financial institutions, access commercial food establishments and other essential services.
9:37 – The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has offered new details on measures to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus in his region. Among the measures, which will be specified during a press conference this morning by the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, is the limitation of meetings to 10 people, having 1,000 trackers and carrying out 2,000,000 rapid tests.
8:46 – The Government of the Balearic Islands meets this Friday with the mayors of Palma, Santa María, Deià, Esporles, Valldemossa, Marratxí, Alaró, Binissalem, Banyalbufar, Inca and Llucmajor, in Mallorca; from the city of Ibiza and Sant Antoni, on the island of Ibiza; and Sant Lluís and Ciutadella, in Menorca, to agree on the measures to be imposed from next week in the municipalities with the highest number of infections.
In an interview with Ser, the president of the Balearic Executive, Francina Armengol, explained that among the measures being considered is a night curfew, in addition to limit social gatherings to five people, at most. In addition, as it was anticipated yesterday, it will be recommended to the residents of the towns in question that they only go out to go to work, school or for essential tasks.
8:00 – The Ministry of Health has registered this Thursday 8,959 other coronavirus infections, of which 3,607 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours, a third of them in Madrid. Thus, the Madrid region has notified Health 3,077 new positives and, of these, 1,200 have been confirmed during the previous day, a figure much higher than the second community with the highest figure, which is the Basque Country, with 564 cases in the last 24 hours.
As every Thursday, the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simon, appeared at a press conference to explain the evolution of the pandemic and highlighted his concern for the Community of Madrid, which continues to be the territory that accumulates the highest number of infections and daily positive cases and the community with the most transmission at this time. Despite this, the epidemiologist was hopeful when pointing out that this situation could change in a few weeks and has denied that the regional government resorted to a confinement of autonomy, although he announced that throughout the day the new ones would be announced. restrictive measures to stop the spread of infections.
Among these new measures, contemplated in the so-called ‘return operation’, are included capacity restrictions, increase in trackers, reinforcement of public transport, more serological tests or re-enable medicalized hotels. This plan will have a fortnightly duration, depending on the evolution of the pandemic and will follow “objective criteria” that allow deciding “objectively, with criteria and with time” whether or not public shows can be held, according to the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.