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Dramatic situation in corona crisis region Madrid: government calls on military and doctors

2020-09-24T18:44:36.787Z

In view of the worsening situation, the Spanish government has sent soldiers and doctors to Madrid. New restrictions are to be announced on Friday.



In view of the worsening situation, the Spanish government has sent soldiers and doctors to Madrid.

New restrictions are to be announced on Friday.

  • The corona situation * in the Spanish capital is precarious in view of the increasing number of new infections.

  • The government has now sent

    doctors

    ,

    police officers

    and

    soldiers

    to Madrid.

  • A complete cordoning off of the region is considered “the last chance” to get the situation under control.

Madrid - In view of the dramatic increase in

corona infections

in the Spanish capital

Madrid

, the regional government has "urgently"

requested

soldiers

as well as additional

police officers

and

doctors

from outside.

The military was needed for logistical tasks, the police officers were supposed to help enforce restrictions on freedom of movement.

And the doctors would be needed to treat the sick, reported the newspaper

El País

on Thursday, citing the regional government. 

Corona crisis region Madrid: parts of the Spanish capital cordoned off

With almost

700,000 infected people

and more than

31,000 corona * deaths,

Spain is the

country in Western Europe hardest hit by the pandemic.

A third of all second wave infections are currently in Madrid.

Since Monday, 37 areas in six districts and in seven municipalities in the surrounding area with a total of around

850,000 inhabitants have been

partially cordoned off.

However, people are allowed to leave their residential areas to get to work, school, the doctor or a court summons on often overcrowded public transport, so that experts consider the measures to be inefficient. 

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A police officer in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

© Manu Fernandez / dpa

Regional

President Isabel Díaz Ayuso has

announced further restrictions that are not further explained

for Friday

.

Because of the economic consequences, she describes a closure of the entire capital region with 6.6 million inhabitants only as “a last resort”.

The Spanish professor of epidemiology at Harvard University and advisor to the government, Miguel Hernán, believes that this is hardly avoidable.

The

intensive care units in the hospitals

are almost completely occupied again, he warned.

Without sufficient capacity to diagnose, track, and monitor isolation and quarantine, all that remained was new curfews.

“Anyone who is in

Madrid

today should not only

avoid

a

corona infection

*, but also try not to have a heart attack or a car accident or to require other surgical interventions.

The intensive care units are full, ”warned the doctor.

(dpa / fmü)

* Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen digital editorial network.

List of rubric lists: © Manu Fernandez / dpa

Source: merkur

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