Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday at a press conference the intensified measures to reduce the overwhelming number of infections. Employees with non-essential professions are paid their salary and have to make up for the days they do not work later.
Extra patrols were deployed in an extinct Madrid on Sunday. Buses and cars are stopped to check whether passengers have legitimate reasons to leave the house.
The additional patrols are clearly visible to the Dutch Alexandra Maas, who lives in the center of Madrid. “You see a lot more police on the street and you hear stories about arrests. Even common areas such as a stairwell are now being monitored.”
The coronavirus now affects everyone in Alexandra’s environment. “I didn’t know anyone with the virus two weeks ago, but now everyone knows someone who got sick or ended up in the hospital. Everyone is very hesitant. I only go out once a week to go to the supermarket People walk around each other with big bows. “
Ic under extreme pressure
Spain has now passed China with more than 85,000 infections, where according to official figures, more than 81,000 people have been infected. The head of the First Aid Coordination Center in Spain, Fernando Simon, warned this weekend that intensive care units are filling up. Even though the growth of new IC patients is declining. Simon, who is the face of the fight against the corona virus in Spain, was tested positive for the virus himself on Monday.
Alexandra also notices that people are aware that the pressure on healthcare is increasing. “The barrier to go to hospital has been raised. People are avoiding the hospital because they know that healthcare is saturated and there is not enough material.”
Daily minute of silence
The Madrid region is the largest corona seat of the country with the most casualties. More than 24,000 people are infected. Madrid’s regional government has announced an official period of mourning. There will also be a minute of silence every day.