The Central Government announced that Madrid will have to close its borders to the rest of the country by midnight, tonight.
The President of the Madrid Regional Government, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has finally said that she will obey the order handed down by the Central Government but will take the order to court as “anti-constitutional.”
Five other regional governments voted against this closure, but they all belong to the the same party as Sra. Ayuso, (Partido Popular) with the exception of Cataluña, which is headed by separatist parties. The rest of the 17 autonomous regional parliaments voted in favour.
The only PP-run regional government to support the Central Government’s move is the Castilla-León one, which shares a border with Madrid.
This closure of borders, be they regional, provincial or municipal, obeys the following criteria: over 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; 35% of ICU beds occupied by Covid patients; and over 10% of PCRs giving positive results. Madrid fails on all three points: 695 per 100,000; 42% ICU beds occupied by Covid patients and – this is the worse point – 19.5% of tests coming back positive; that’s one in five.
Health Minister Salvador Illa has given little time for Sra. Ayuso to procrastinate further, with the publishing of the decision in the Official State Gazette (BOE) this morning with the deadline, affecting around five million inhabitants of Madrid coming into force tomorrow at midnight.
Editorial comment: It was the PP that refused to extend the gradual easing of the Lockdown phases, turning the final phases into a precipitated mess. Their argument was that regional governments were better suited to handling the situation.
When the second wave hit the PP accused the Central Government of not taking steps to handle the situation despite having demanded to manage the situation themselves.
The sad fact is that the PP opposition party has been using the Madrileño regional government under Ayuso as a battering ram against the Central Government at the expense of the health of the people in that region.