Coronavirus: Protests in Madrid ahead of Monday’s tough new lockdown measures | World news

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Protesters have taken to the streets of Madrid to demonstrate against the new strict lockdown measures that have taken effect.

Thousands of men, women and children gathered in the southern quarters of the Spanish capital.

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Madrid is the hardest hit city in the hardest hit country in Europe

From today, they are no longer allowed to leave the areas where they live, except to go to work and receive emergency medical care.

New COVID-19[feminine[feminine measures have been introduced by the Spanish government, with infection rates exceeding one in 100 people in some of Madrid’s worst-hit areas of the city and its outskirts, home to around 850,000 people.

The foreclosure measures apply mainly to low-income areas with a high immigrant population. Peaceful protests took place on Sunday in 12 of the 37 affected districts.

About 600 people demonstrated in the southern district of Vallecas, which has one of the highest infection rates in the Spanish capital – around six times higher than that in Chamberi, a wealthy area in the north of the city, according to regional government figures.

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Demonstrators in the Vallecas district demonstrate against the measures

“We have to protest because of what they are doing right now in different neighborhoods in the south – they are taking us away and confining us,” a protester told Sky News.

“The community does nothing for us,” said another.

“They want to be paid by the people of this neighborhood. It is not fair. We are short of doctors. We need to strengthen health services and strengthen public health services. It is not fair, it is not fair. ”

At one point, it looked like the protest could turn violent when riot police blocked access to a government building, but the protest ended peacefully.

Spain’s health system reported an average of 10,000 new cases a day last week and nearly 250 deaths in one day. This puts the country around six weeks ahead of the UK according to current projections.

The new measures enter into force on Monday
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The new measures have entered into force

Others favor tighter restrictions, with worshipers at a Sunday mass in Madrid more supportive of the government’s measures.

One of them said, “It is necessary because people are very irresponsible.

“If it was in my hands, I would confine all of Spain to end it. It is because people do not cooperate with government security measures. There are many who don’t care. ”

A young food bank volunteer also told us: “On the one hand, it is better to have custody because a lot of people go out on the streets for no reason.

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“But for people who need to work, it’s going to be complicated. But hey, we must do everything to stop the pandemic. ”

Madrid is the worst affected city in the most affected country in Europe.

While some are against the new lockdown, and it will certainly have an economic impact, many are hopeful that it will eventually bend the curve.

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