28 Sep, 2020 @ 19:09
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Spain registers 31,785 COVID-19 cases over weekend while Madrid REFUSES to close down as emergency meeting with central government ends without agreement


SPAIN has registered 31,785 new cases of coronavirus between Friday and Monday.

It means there have been an average of 10,595 COVID-19 infections detected over the weekend, maintaining the figures seen over the same period last week.

In the past 24 hours there have been 2,425 cases confirmed by PCR, a drop from the 4,122 seen on Friday.

In terms of coronavirus deaths the health ministry has recorded 179 since Friday, bringing the total death toll to 31,411 (excluding care home deaths).

Of the 2,425 new cases counted on Monday, 451 correspond to Madrid, which continues to be by far the most impacted city and region.

For example the average occupancy of ICU beds by COVID patients in Spain is 17.91%, but this figure reaches 41.18% in Madrid.

The region has rejected demands from the central government to close down Madrid city and other parts of the central region.

An extra-ordinary meeting this evening between the Minister of Health Salvador Illa and councillor for the Community of Madrid Enrique Ruiz Escudero has ended without an agreement, according to sources from the Madrid executive.

Both officials met at the Ministry of Health to try to hash out their disagreements but no deal was reached.

“The Government has presented itself with the same speech,” the sources told Spanish press.

The central government is continuing to advocate for the closing of all of Madrid, while the Madrid executive continues to opt for selective confinements that it claims are beginning to give results.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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