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Madrid warns that there is community transmission of the Indian variant: “It will be the majority in weeks”

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The Community of Madrid has detected 18 new cases of the Indian variant, to which must be added the four notified in the last two weeks. Total, 22 cases have been sequenced of this strain and it is expected that “within six and eight weeks” it will be predominant not only in Madrid, but also in Spain, as has already happened in the United Kingdom.

As confirmed the Deputy Minister of Public Health and the Covid-19 Plan, Antonio Zapatero, there are community spread of the Indian strain in the Community of Madrid. In this sense, he has insisted on the need to increase controls at the airport Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, where he has pointed out once again that people with positive CRP arrive without any control.

“The first outbreak came through Barajas. The action of the Ministry of Health is late,” said Zapatero this Friday at a press conference.

For this reason, the Ministry of Health has modified its vaccination plan and has advanced the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine to week 11 to those over 60 years of age. Until now, in Spain this dose was being administered 12 weeks after receiving the first, although the technical data sheet for the serum specifies that this second dose can be administered 10 or 12 weeks after the first.

Positive in Barajas

Zapatero has also warned that people with positive PCR continue to enter through Barajas. The Deputy Minister of Public Health and the Covid-19 Plan has explained that in recent days they have arrived through the airport 17 positive travelers from Colombia with high viral loads. “This leads us to deduce that it is difficult that the diagnostic test performed at origin was negative,” he stated.

Once a plane from a risk zone, in this case Colombia, the current protocol establishes the realization of antigen test. Those with a positive test are transferred in an ambulance from SUMMA 112 to the Gregorio Marañón hospital, where the results are confirmed by PCR and the procedure is carried out. genomic sequencing.

Night leisure

Regarding nighttime leisure, will remain closed for another week, although the Ministry of Health will hold a meeting with this sector next Monday to agree on the measures to be followed. “We work with this sector to be more flexible”, pointed out Zapatero.

Thus, nightlife is expected to reopens the week of June 21, although the Community of Madrid has not specified in what conditions of capacity and hours.

Hospitality: 01:00 h

Regarding the restrictions, the Community of Madrid maintains the existing ones for one more week and does not modify them. A) Yes, bars and restaurants must close at 01:00, not being able to accept more clients since midnight. The number of diners is six indoors and eight on the terrace.

In the hotel and restaurant sector the capacity inside the premises will remain as it was, that is, 50%, including banquet halls, and the capacity will be maintained at 75% abroad.

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