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Madrid residents advised against unnecessary journeys

Spain’s health minister has advised people in Madrid, the worst-affected region of Spain, against making unnecessary journeys as the authorities struggle to contain the second wave of the virus in and around the capital.

“I recommend that people in Madrid restrict their movements as much as possible over the next few days, only doing what is essential and limiting contact to their closest household members,” Salvdor Illa told Cadena Ser radio on Tuesday morning.

On Monday, more than 850,000 people in 37 zones around the region were placed under a partial lockdown. Residents in those areas – where there are more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 people – are only allowed to enter and exit the zones on work, educational, legal or medical grounds.

Meanwhile, a group of 20 senior Spanish doctors has renewed its calls for an urgent review of Spain’s handling of the pandemic. Writing once again in the Lancet, the experts say lessons must be learned as soon as possible.

“We continue to encourage the Spanish central government and regional governments to take forward this evaluation, which could become an example for other countries to replicate,” they write.

“We will continue to offer more detailed proposals. This evaluation, based on scientific evidence, is now urgently needed to guide public health policy and contribute to overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Illa is due to meet members of the group on 1 October to discuss the proposal.

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