Madrid is the worst affected region in Spain to date, according to the latest statistics from the country’s Health Department. The death toll in the capital has doubled to 133 today, in just 24 hours. Out of the 5,700-plus people infected in Spain, more than 2,940 are from Madrid. The capital also has the highest number of infected in intensive care – 69.2% of the country’s most critical cases.
The Government announced a State of Emergency yesterday, which now restricts all movement across the country unless absolutely necessary, for at least two weeks. The public have been urged to stay indoors, and limit going outdoors unless they need to buy urgent supplies, need medical attention or travel to work.
The streets of Madrid, which are usually packed, are now reported to be practically deserted. Everything in the capital is now closed to the public, apart from supermarkets, food suppliers (such as butchers, bakers, etc), pharmacies and petrol stations.