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MAP: Which areas of Madrid have new restrictions?

Madrid announced new restrictions imposed on the worst hit districts of the region.

MAP: Which areas of Madrid have new restrictions?
The deeper the purple, the higher the number of cases. Map: Comunidad de Madrid

The regional government of the Comunidad de Madrid have announced new restrictions on those  “Zonas Básicas de Salud” that are the hardest hit by the coronavirus.

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Regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso announced the measures on Friday afternoon. 

 

But even if you live in Madrid you may be wondering what a  Zonas Básicas de Salud is and how you find out which one you live in.

These are designated areas determined by the regional health authorities and you can find out where they are by exploring the map produced by the Madrid government below.

No easy to read map has been produced by authorites as yet but if you locate where you live and examine the data you can find out whether the accumulative incident rate of new cases over the last 14 days is over 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants. 

In Spanish this is called the “Tasa de incidencia acumulada de los últimos 14 días”.
 
If it is then you are likely to be within the “quarantine zone”.
 
Click on the interactive map below and hover over the area you want to check and a box will appear with all the latest epidemiological information.
 
 
 
 
The deeper the colour purple, the higher the incidence rate.
 
 
The figure circled here in blue is the one you need to look out for and if it is over 1,000 per 100,000 then the “health zone” will likely be a restricted area, although there are five zones which appear to be above the limit but are not included among the confined areas. These are  Doctor Trueta, Las Fronteras, Lavapiés, Miguel Servet and Sierra de Guadarrama.
 
On the other hand three zones (Francia, Las Margaritas y Sánchez Morate) that have been added to the restricted list have an incidence rate just below the 1000 cases per 100,000 people threshold. 
 
 
You can also look at these interactive maps produced by Spanish newspaper, El Diario where the first map clearly shows in red, the areas with confinement perimetres. 
 
 
If you find lists easier to navigate than maps and are confident you  know which health zone you fall under then here is a list of those areas that have the new restrictions imposed: 

Carabanchel: Puerta Bonita, Vista Alegre and Guayaba.

Usera: Almendrales, Las Calesas, Zofío, Orcasur and San Fermín.

Villaverde: San Andrés, San Cristóbal, El Espinillo and Los Rosales.

Villa de Vallecas

Puente de Vallecas: Entrevías, Martínez de la Riva, San Diego, Numancia, Peña Prieta, Pozo del Tío Raimundo, Ángela Uriarte, Alcalá de Guadaira and Federica Montseny.

Ciudad Lineal: Doctor Cirajas, Ghandi, Daroca and La Elipa.

Fuenlabrada: Alicante, Cuzco and Francia.

Parla: San Blas and Isabel II.

Getafe: Las Margaritas and Sánchez Morate;

San Sebastián de los Reyes: Reyes Católicos.

Alcobendas: Chopera and Miraflores.

And the municipalities of Humanes de Madrid and Moraleja de Enmedio.

What are the new restrictions? 

If you live within one of the restricted “basic health zones”  then you will as of Monday only be allowed to leave the zone to go to work, seek medical care or take their children to school or because of a “force majuere”.

All bars and restaurants will have to reduce their capacity by 50 percent, parks and public spaces will be closed.

Residents of the areas affected will be allowed to move around freely inside their zone but no one from outside will be allowed in.

Meetings across the whole of the Madrid region have, from Monday, been reduced to six people down from the current 10. 

How long will they last? 

Restrictions would be in place from Monday, said Regional President Isabel Diaz Ayuso who added that they would be in place for at least 14 days. 

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Spain announces end of public transport face mask rule

Spain's Health Minister has announced that in the coming days masks will no longer be mandatory on planes, buses, trains, taxis and other means of public transport.

Spain announces end of public transport face mask rule

Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias on Thursday confirmed that face masks would no longer be compulsory on public transport, a measure which has been in place in Spain for almost three years. 

“I will raise the proposal of eliminating the mandatory use of masks on public transport”, she said, adding that next week she will convene with the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System to “put this measure into effect”.  

Darias did not specify exactly when this would happen, although government agreements are usually approved the following day in the Official State Gazette (BOE), so the official end to the mask rule looks set to be on February 8th.

The minister did clarify however that masks would still be mandatory in health settings such as health centres and hospitals “as health experts advise”. 

Last week, Darias reported the possibility of eliminating the mandatory mask rule in pharmacies, but this is currently being “weighed up” by health experts.  

Manuel Franco, an expert in Public Health and a member of the Spanish Society of Public Health and Sanitary Administration (Sespas) explained that “the World Health Organisation (WHO) is already considering the decision to lift the public health emergency warning for Covid-19” and adds that “if this goes ahead, it would make no sense to maintain the mask rule”.  

The use of masks ceased to be mandatory outdoors almost a year ago, on February 10th, 2022.

Then, two months later on April 20th, the government announced they wouldn’t be required indoors either, except in health centres and on public transport. 

The latest bulletin of Sentinel Surveillance of Acute Respiratory Infection in Primary Care (ARIs) and in Hospitals (SARI), announced a drop in infections and hospitalisations and said that the rates for Covid-19 remain stable.

The decision to end the mask rule in February comes after health experts who advise the Spanish Ministry of Health said that masks should no longer be required on public transport

On Wednesday, January 25th the director of the Health Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Centre of the Ministry of Health (CCAES), Fernando Simón, assured that the end of the mask rule on transport would be announced “shortly” either “next week or the following”.  

Then, on Thursday morning, government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, stated that the decision to remove the mask on public transport would be taken “immediately, when possible”, but pointed out that the government was looking at the situation in China first. 

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