The Community of Madrid has confirmed the delay in the beginning of the curfew and the variation in the closing time of the hotel business from 00:00 hours on February 18, as advanced last Friday in a press conference by the Deputy Minister of Public Health, Antonio Zapatero.
This relaxation of the measures was already included in the Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid, although its application depended, as reported in the appearance, on a supposed improvement in the epidemiological situation which, in the opinion of the Ministry of Health, has occurred. The Community of Madrid notified on February 12, the date of Zapatero’s statements, a cumulative incidence in 14 days of 711.78 cases, while today’s data is already less than 500 cases, with 489.87 infections for each 100,000 people.
Therefore, from 00:00 hours on February 18, the curfew will be extended in the Community of Madrid between 11:00 p.m. and 06:00 a.m. In addition, the hotel establishments may remain open until 11:00 p.m., although they will not be able to admit new clients from an hour before. The maximum number of people per table will be 6 people and everyone will have to wear a mask except when they are going to eat or drink.
Outside of these restrictions are establishments that provide basic services, such as medical centers, pharmacies, veterinarians and gas stations, among others.
“Epidemiological data show a downward curve in terms of infections and accumulated incidence, which makes it possible to make some measures more flexible while maintaining others to consolidate this decline”, includes Decree 7/2021, of February 12, by which the relaxation of restrictions was communicated.
Meetings of non-cohabitating people are prohibited
The Community of Madrid has extended until March 1 the prohibition of meetings in private spaces between people who do not live together. However, they are contemplated exceptions such as the formation of extended coexistence units, the care of dependents, the meetings of minors with their parents and meetings between couples, among others.
Epidemiological situation in Madrid
The Community of Madrid has notified 2,394 new positives and 47 deaths from coronavirus in the last day. The accumulated incidence in 14 days has fallen by 42 points from the 529.02 reported yesterday, according to data provided by the Ministry of Health.
Currently there 3,596 patients hospitalized in conventional beds in the Madrid region, while 671 are in Intensive Care Units. These data represent a 20.5% occupancy of conventional beds and 48.07% of ICUs, being the second autonomous community with the highest percentage of intensive care beds in the country and the first in occupation of conventional beds. The national average stands at 14.34% and 36.12%, respectively.
Madrid has inoculated a 73.2% of vaccines received since the vaccination process began in Spain. Of the 484,095 doses that have been made available to the autonomy, 354,258 have already been administered. 160,202 people have already completed their immunization after receiving the two doses of the vaccine.