WATCH: Social distancing not happening as Madrid teachers forced to queue for antibody tests

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Teachers queuing antibody tests
COMPLAINTS: Teachers waiting in lines told Spanish reporters that keeping a safe distance from other was impossible CREDIT: Marta Bernardo Twitter @martabll

THOUSANDS of Madrid teachers have been forced to join long queues on Wednesday morning to get antibody tests before the start of the new school term prompting criticism of the regional government for a serious lack of planning.

In some areas the lines of teachers and school personnel waiting their turn for the serological test were more than a kilometre and a half long.

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A good number of those stranding about in queues complained to Spanish press that the Madrid Education ministry had only given a 24-hour warning about the serological test for teachers and staff at schools in the centre and south of the Spanish capital, and that it had arrived after they had already gone back into the classrooms yesterday.


Some claimed they only received the notification by email last night.

More than one told reporters that in their view the tests should have been carried out earlier and expressed concerns that if a member of staff did have Covid-19 they could already have infected others.

Many of the teachers pointed out that people were having to bunch up and that keeping a safe social distance from others was all but impossible.


Madrid regional parliament opposition PSOE deputy Marta Bernado slammed the autonomous community administration.

“The Madrid Government’s improvisation!”, she tweeted earlier alongside a video of a queue stretching all the way down a road and around a corner.

“No one in the ministry has common sense or responsibility”, Bernando added.

The Community of Madrid is aiming to test some 100,000 teachers and school administration staff. The testing will continue tomorrow, Friday and Monday between 8.30am and 2.30pm.

Anyone testing positive will have to undergo a PCR test next Tuesday.

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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