Madrid considering new restrictions on mobility and restaurant businesses

The region has also called for “urgent” support from Spain’s armed forces and more than 220 officers to enforce the selective lockdowns in 37 basic health areas


Spanish government pressures Madrid to take tougher action against Covid-19 epidemic

The central executive is trying to get regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso to leave more decisions in the hands of her health team


Covid-19 incidence exceeds 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 16 areas of Madrid with no new restrictions

Premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso warns that more neighborhoods may be placed under selective lockdown, while Health Minister Salvador Illa recommends residents in the region stay at home


Spanish PM meets Madrid chief over Covid-19 measures, warns of ‘very tough weeks ahead’

The face-to-face between Pedro Sánchez and Isabel Díaz Ayuso signaled a thaw in months of frosty relations as both leaders insisted on the need for coordinated action against soaring transmission in the region


Madrid announces new restrictions on mobility to curb spike in Covid-19 cases

The new measures will affect 37 basic health areas in the capital and in other municipalities with a very high incidence of coronavirus


Madrid asks central government for help amid chaotic handling of coronavirus crisis

Deputy premier calls on PM Pedro Sánchez to “actively get involved,” and the latter suggests a face-to-face meeting with the regional leader


Chaos in Madrid, as regional government denies health chief’s announcement of new lockdowns

Sources close to the premier denied that any decisions have been made yet regarding stricter coronavirus measures, directly contradicting statements made earlier in the day by Antonio Zapatero


Madrid’s primary healthcare crisis: not enough doctors for so many patients

Regional leaders have pledged to invest €80 million to revamp an underresourced system, but professionals are skeptical as they struggle to cope with a second wave of Covid-19


Sudden call for Covid-19 antibody testing creates long lines of teaching staff on Madrid streets

Teachers and unions heap criticism on regional government for summoning them on a 24-hour notice and for asking a private company to handle the procedure


Madrid will delay start of school term for some students and bring down class sizes

Regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso also announced on Tuesday the temporary hiring of nearly 11,000 teachers, and 100,000 coronavirus antibody tests for staff


Government delegate in Madrid: “Predicting the anti-mask demonstration would have been impossible”

José Manuel Franco tells EL PAÍS that Sunday's protest in Colón square was communicated to the authorities as being about other issues, such as freedom of expression


Madrid Fire Department on coronavirus crisis in care homes: ‘There are bodies that no one has collected’

According to official documents seen by EL PAÍS, firefighters were called upon to remove 185 corpses from senior residences in the region


Spain reports 156 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours and 32 deaths in a week

The Spanish Health Ministry has still not updated the total number of victims, which stands at 27,136 for the fifth day running


Scandal over Covid-19 deaths at Madrid nursing homes sparks fierce political row

Regional and central government officials have warned of legal consequences after EL PAÍS revealed that internal protocols excluded some coronavirus patients from hospital admission


Spain records single coronavirus death in 24-hour period

Despite the drop, the Madrid region is preparing for the possibility of new outbreaks as the country scales down confinement measures


In Spain, Valencia stands alone in not requesting looser lockdown

Unlike most other parts of the country, the Mediterranean region has not asked the Health Ministry to move to Phase 2 of the coronavirus deescalation plan


Spanish government announces areas that will move to the next phase of coronavirus deescalation

The administration has rejected the Madrid region’s request to transition to Phase 1, “opting to wait until its primary care detection system is more robust”


Coronavirus deaths in Madrid for second half of March could exceed official figures by 3,000

Deputy regional premier admits that as many as 3,479 of the people who died last month inside the region’s senior centers showed symptoms but were never counted as official victims of Covid-19


Madrid region closes all stores apart from those selling foodstuffs

The restrictions come on the back of the closure of bars and restaurants, but pharmacies, tobacconists and newstands will still be open for business


Ten million students told to stay home in Spain in bid to slow spread of coronavirus

Madrid mayor is considering closing bars and restaurants as cases in the region reach 2,000


Spanish explosives experts defuse grenade at Madrid center for minors

The facility has been criticized in the past by far-right groups who claim it is housing young foreign criminals


Madrid chief’s talk of “burning churches” upsets Popular Party colleagues

Regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso was attacking the plans of caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to exhume ex-dictator Francisco Franco, but the comments are out of step with the conservative group’s strategy for the upcoming election campaign


Madrid region gets its first government propped up by the far right

Conservative candidate Isabel Díaz Ayuso was confirmed as the new leader following a tense debate at the regional assembly


Conservative parties strike deal to govern Madrid region

Isabel Díaz Ayuso from the Popular Party is set to become the next premier after Ciudadanos agreed to accept the demands made by the far-right group Vox


In Spain, political gridlock increases likelihood of fresh elections – again

With less than two weeks to go until the investiture vote, the Socialist Party is no closer to a deal as negotiations with the leftist Unidas Podemos remain at an impasse


Vox rejects City Hall deal after spat with Popular Party

The far-right group has accused the conservatives of breaking a power-sharing agreement and has said it will “move to the opposition” in Madrid in response


Conservatives regain control of Madrid City Hall with help from the far right

José Luis Martínez-Almeida of the Popular Party has become mayor with support from Vox, after negotiations that went right down to the wire