The Community of Madrid will carry out 7,000 antigen tests to its security and emergency bodies

The Community of Madrid, governed by Isabel Díaz Ayuso, will carry out antigen tests to the security and emergency bodies of the region. The local police of all municipalities, Firefighters, Forest Agents, Civil Protection and the 112 service They will have access to these tests to rule out the contagion by coronavirus.

The Community has announced the realization of and will be specialized professionals of the Red Cross in charge of it. According to a statement issued by the regional government, Civil Protection will also collaborate in these tests, which will provide logistical support, in what they have classified as “a clear commitment to reinforcing protection and occupational safety in the face of the health crisis.”

In addition, the Minister of Justice, Interior and Victims of the Community of Madrid, Enrique López, has encouraged professionals to take these tests since they constitute “an essential instrument of the region to fight against Covid-19”, and thanked his “work and commitment.”

The organization of this device has been carried out by the General Directorate of Security, Civil Protection and Training of the region, in coordination with the General Directorate of Public Health, and will be carried out at the Institute of Integral Training in Security and Emergencies (IFISE).

On the other hand, the Government of the Community of Madrid has highlighted that this type of test “speeds up the knowledge of its results with respect to other tests with similar characteristics” and that the World Health Organization (WHO) has been “in favor of of its use ”.

“These diagnostic tests also have the approval of the European Commission, which recommends their use as a means of detecting the transmission of Covid-19 and to reduce pressure on healthcare environments,” they assured.

International recognition

Crowd of regional newspapers and websites from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have released a report from the main German news agency, DPA, entitled ‘The miracle of Madrid’, which highlights the effective response of the Government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso to the coronavirus in this second wave. For example, Die Welt, one of the most important German newspapers, echoed this publication.

The chronicle of the DPA fundamentally underlines how the contagion curve descends without having decreed the closure of the hotel and restaurant industry, which other communities such as Asturias or Catalonia have established, which also maintains the perimeter confinement of the region until November 22.

According to the report, “the researchers are astonished and cannot find a correct explanation: in the former epicenter of the coronavirus in Madrid, the numbers are falling rapidly, although the bars and restaurants are full. How does it work? ”Asks the article from the German agency.

But the answer also stands out: antigen tests. Thus, the DP maintains that in the opinion of “many” epidemiologists, these tests have been the “main reason for success.” He relates that Madrid bought five million tests at the end of September and “offensives were launched in problem areas.” “This makes it easier, cheaper and faster to diagnose contagious cases. In this way, infected people can be isolated earlier, ”says the report in the words of Miguel Ángel Royo, spokesperson for the Spanish Association of Epidemiologists.