Spain’s government has hinted that it is not ready to give Madrid access to Phase 1 of de-escalation, and is inclined to leave the country’s capital in Phase 0 for now.
THAT was the latest message from Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa to Madrid’s Councillor Enrique Ruiz Escudero just a few hours ago. However, the final decision will not be made until later today (Friday).
According to earlier reports, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he “acknowledged Madrid’s efforts” to combat Covid-19, and “its health capacity,” however he urged “caution in moving to the next stage of de-escalation.”
Madrid’s regional President Isabel Diaz Ayusa noted in her Twitter post today that the Ministry of Health “doesn’t appear to be ready to allow the region to transition to the next phase of de-escalation,” but didn’t provide “technical reasons,” she added.
According to Ayusa, Madrid has met all the Ministry of Health’s criteria because it has increased hospital bed capacity and the number of PCR coronavirus tests, as well as registered declining numbers of new Covid-19 cases. The final decision will be revealed in a few hours time.