COVID-19 : The evolution of the curfew in Madrid

The Community of Madrid headed at the end of last week the leading indicators with which the impact of the coronavirus is measured. The contagion curve began to bend at different rates in each territory and some autonomies began to relax some measures; such as the end of the perimeter closure in Castilla y León, in Zaragoza and Calatayud or in 22 towns in Extremadura.

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, issued a warning after the most recent Interterritorial Council of the Health System: “It is absolutely necessary to carry out a very prudent de-escalation ”, and recalled that the necessary threshold is set at a cumulative incidence of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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As it’s usual, Madrid closed the week being a island of flexibility in a sea of ​​restrictions, especially with regard to the hostelry, and despite being the slowest community to reduce the third wave’s downward trend.

From Thursday, February 18 to March 1, extended curfew hours until 23:00 hours, and prohibited mobility until 06:00, except for justified reasons. Consequently, establishments were allowed to extend their hours from 9:00 p.m. one more hour, although customers could not be served after 10:00 p.m. On Friday 19, the Community of Madrid eliminated the perimeter closure in 31 areas basic health services from February 22 to March 8 and maintained a curfew at 11:00 p.m.

What is the context?

The Madrid president, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, who in campaign vindicated the Madrid nightlife and its traffic jams, thus defended his strategy in the Madrid Assembly: “Health is not just not getting infected “. “Since citizens cannot see their own at home, they do it there (in bars and restaurants), and they also reactivate the economy,” he said, stopping those who compare these protocols with the harshest measures in other communities: ” There the industrial and commercial fabric, if you envy something, is what we do in Madrid ”.

[Mapa del coronavirus en Madrid]

Last Friday, with the latest data available from Health, it was the community with higher data on infectionsIt also led the occupation by COVID-19 in ICUs, exceeding 47% and was the tenth community in the rate of people who have received the complete vaccination schedule. The cumulative incidence corresponding to the last 14 days last Friday was in Madrid from 427.08 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while the national average managed to drop below the level of 300 and was in 294.72.

What must be considered?

The Community of Madrid published last week the data on the number of outbreaks and their origins in the week of February 8 and 14 and the accumulated since June 29, 2020. The conclusions were that:

In the second week of February, the 42% of sprouts they occurred in schools and the 29%, at work environment.The analysis accumulated since June 29, 1,340 outbreaks were reported, concentrated in the social field (19.8%), labor (18.6%) and social health (18.5%).

The curfew as a tool to restrict mobility was imposed in Madrid for the first time in the decree of the state of alarm issued in October and later extended until May 9. And it set the time between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., allowing communities to advance or delay the margin by one hour, so that the start of the curfew can be set at 10:00 p.m. 23:00 and 00:00 hours.


Between October and mid-January, the curfew in the community was maintained until 00:00 hours, but as of January 18, the limitation of night mobility began to apply from 23:00 hours. The accumulated incidence was then around 618 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, while the previous week it was 390.

Madrid advanced the curfew at 22:00 hours from on January 25, when the report of the Ministry of Health included an accumulated incidence for Madrid of 904.24 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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