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Five other Spanish regions, including Madrid, said on Wednesday they would close their borders before the long All Saints weekend to try to stop an outbreak of coronavirus infections, AFP reports.Spanish families traditionally visit the graves of their loved ones on November 1 to leave flowers. As this year the public holiday falls on a Sunday, Monday has been declared a public holiday to create a three-day weekend.

Some six million people traditionally travel to other parts of Spain during the All Saints holiday weekend and, as a result, the regional government of Madrid plans to close the region’s borders from Friday to November 2, said the head of government of the region, Isabel Diaz. Ayuso.

“We are aware that we must continue to reduce social contacts,” she said at a joint press conference with the heads of the neighboring regions of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha who declared that they would close their borders until Monday, November 9, a holiday bank in Madrid.

A pharmacy in Mostoles, Spain. Photograph: May Robledo / Alfa Images / REX / Shutterstock

Separately, the coastal regions of Murcia to the southeast and Andalusia to the southwest, popular destinations for residents of inland cities like Madrid during long weekends, have said they will also close their borders to the south. Friday to November 9.

The move means that no one will be able to enter or leave the regions during this time, except for essential reasons such as seeking medical care or going to work.

Three of Spain’s 17 regions – Navarre, La Rioja and the Basque Country – already closed their borders earlier this month.

Since the release of a strict national lockdown in June, coronavirus cases in Spain have skyrocketed, with thousands of infections diagnosed each day. Hospitalizations, although lower than their March-April peak, are also on the rise.

Spain last week became the first country in the European Union to surpass one million confirmed infections with Covid-19, with the virus killing more than 35,000.


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