The incidence of the British variant of Covid-19 exceeds 50% in some areas of Madrid

Thursday, February 18, 2021 – 11:20

The Minister of Health recalls that he already demanded “sanitary control measures” from travelers coming from the risk area

Enrique Ruiz Escudero, Madrid Minister of Health.

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The Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, revealed this Thursday that there are “some basic health areas” and municipalities in the Community of Madrid, such as Collado Villalba, where the percentage of the British variant on all diagnosed cases of Covid-19 is greater than 50%.

In an interview with Antena 3, Escudero explained that the places with the greatest weight of this variant correspond to those where the accumulated incidence is higher.

Collado Villalba, for example, it was this Tuesday – when the Minister of Health updates its epidemiological map – the municipality with more than 50,000 inhabitants with the highest incidence in the region, with 1,042.7 cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days, followed by Torrejn de Ardoz (780.2), San Sebastin de los Reyes (775.1) and Alcobendas (745).

According to the weekly report published that same day, the estimated prevalence of the British variant in the Community of Madrid already amounts to 28.3% of Covid-19 infections, when a week ago it was 20.7% and two weeks ago 14.7%.

Escudero has stressed that Madrid “ya avis” of the situation at the Interterritorial Health Council on December 9 and demanded “sanitary control measures for travelers arriving from those destinations.”

And he has blamed the combined effect of the British variant, Christmas and the storm Filomena“the acceleration so important” of infections which occurred in January.

Now “Everything indicates a decrease in the accumulated incidence”If it is slower in Madrid than in the rest of the regions, it is due, according to Escudero, to the fact that “it has different characteristics.”

It has also argued that the decisions of the Community are based “on technical and scientific criteria”, and that, although this Thursday the start of the curfew is delayed from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., there are still “very effective measures. strict “in terms of capacity and social gatherings.

Regarding the debate on the priority groups for vaccination, the counselor has commented that if there were more doses “we would not be talking about these situations”, so he hopes that “that speed of vaccines is increasing”, since otherwise there will always be “some group with complaints”

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