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Spain calls on Madrid residents to restrict movements due to virus

Madrid Spain’s health minister on Tuesday called on Madrid residents to limit their movements and social contacts to the “essential” to reverse a surge in COVID-19 infections, a day afer new curbs took effect in some areas.
Spain is struggling to contain a second wave of the virus, which has already infected over 670,000 people and claimed over 30,000 lives, one of Europe’s highest tolls.
Madrid has become the epicentre of the contagion with a rate of infection of nearly 700 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks -- nearly three times the national average, which in itself is the highest in the European Union.
“I would recommend residents of Madrid to limit to the maximum their movements, that they scrupulously respect the measures dictated by the health authorities in the region and minimise their movements to what is essential and their contacts to those closest to them,” Health Minister Salvador Illa said during an interview with radio Cadena Ser. (AFP)