The improvement in the epidemiological situation of Madrid it already places the Community in a privileged position among the main European capitals. Since this week, the accumulated incidence -which represents the risk of contagion- in Madrid is already lower than that of London, Berlin, Rome, Paris or Brussels. At the end of September it practically doubled in contagions to the French capital and the Belgian, the two most affected currently.
The decrease in infections in Madrid also has an international dimension that, without a doubt, affects the image of the capital of Spain. In this case, positively. On November 12, the statistics of the Transparency department of the Community of Madrid updated its periodic report on Global situation of Covid-19 in which the risk of contagion in the capital is compared with that of other large European metropolises. Last August, when infections soared in Spain, Madrid became the European capital with the highest accumulated incidence.
Now, Madrid registers an accumulated incidence 7 days after 152.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It is followed by London, with 157 cases, Berlin with 172.8, Brussels with 290, Rome with 302.3 and Paris (the metropolitan area of Île de France) with 357.3.
Madrid reached its peak of incidence at the end of September, and at the beginning of October it was overtaken by Brussels and a week later by Paris. The downward curve continued throughout the month for the Spanish capital. Last week London was still overtaking him. But this week has already become the city that occupies the best position against the risk of coronavirus infection.
The strategy of the Government of Isabel Diaz Ayuso to combat the coronavirus in the Community of Madrid has been reflecting its effectiveness for weeks. In fact, this Friday the regional government is expected to lift mobility restrictions to a large part of the areas affected by these perimeter confinements.
Checking the data provided by the situation map prepared every week by the General Directorate of Public Health of the Community, today in the capital there is only one basic sanitary area (the of Guzman the Good) that exceeds 500 cases per 1,000 inhabitants. At the end of September, there were almost 50 areas that were above 1,000 cases.
Madrid applied these measures as an alternative to hotel and trade closures for which other autonomous communities chose, such as Catalonia, Asturias or Navarra. And time is over to agree with the Community. Even the one who was a leading expert for the pandemic of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the epidemiologist Oriol Mitjà, has highlighted the progress and management of the Government of the Community of Madrid.
According to Mitjà, the commitment to mass testing with evidence of antigens -Madrid was a pioneer in its use- in those areas most affected by infections it has given “good results without having to shut down the economy.”
🎥@IdiazAyuso has had good results with massive antigen testing, without having to stop the economy.
Catalonia can accelerate de-escalation if it overcomes the bureaucratic hurdles of / Health and collaborates with pharmacies and the private sector. https://t.co/cRyKGGwMyN
– Oriol Mitjà (@oriolmitja) November 12, 2020
Amelioration broken by confinement
On the other hand, as can be verified based on the statistical data of the Community of Madrid, the confinement measures and state of alarm imposed by the Pedro Sánchez Government reduced the effectiveness of the model that Madrid had applied until then.
The confinement decreed by Moncloa broke a downward trend in infections that had been recorded for four weeks before: the second week of confinement, in which the effects of the closure worsened, the infections grew 2.7%. Once the confinement of the Government was lifted, the fall in infections accelerated again.
A similar situation occurred with respect to the new hospitalizations, which accumulated 3 weeks at a rate of sharp decline and in the week of October 16 to 22 it slowed down, regaining the previous rate once the state of alarm was lifted.