Coronavirus: Parts of Madrid to lockdown amid surge in cases

People wearing protective face masks walk past a banner amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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From Monday, more than 850,000 people in the Madrid region will face limits on travel and sizes of group.

The Spanish capital is once again at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, accounting for one-third of the national figure for both infections and deaths.

Officials in Madrid have called for “decisive” action from the government, saying that the capital was overwhelmed as one in five hospital beds is occupied by a patient who contracted coronavirus.

New restrictions were announced by the regional government on Friday.

The measures will affect people in “37 basic health areas” where the virus is especially prevalent – 26 of these areas are located in districts of the city and the rest are in other municipalities in the Madrid region.

Social gatherings will be restricted to six people and public parks will remain closed.

Spain has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe.