Madrid will close its borders for 10 days in early December

Mobility will be restricted in the region between the 4th and 13th to prevent mass transit during two back-to-back holidays


Nearly all of Spain’s regions set to close their borders ahead of long weekend

Only Extremadura, Galicia and the Canary Islands are not considering the measure for now, with Madrid opting to limit the perimetral confinements to the shortest time frame possible


Madrid considers closing regional borders ahead of long weekends

The regional government may restrict access to and from the territory in a bid to prevent contagions, but has not specified when or for how long


Madrid announces new restrictions on social gatherings to curb coronavirus spread

Under the new measures, effective once the state of alarm expires on Saturday afternoon, meetings between midnight and 6am will be limited to people from the same household


Spanish government considering nationwide state of alarm to implement a curfew

Health Minister Salvador Illa today confirmed the possibility was being studied, but stressed it would require the support of the regions and opposition parties such as the PP


Madrid region open to a curfew once current state of alarm expires

Sources from the regional government said they would want it in place from midnight to 6am, so that bars and restaurants could continue with their activity, but outdoor drinking and parties in private residences could be avoided


With state of alarm set to end in Madrid, government looks for new ways to control coronavirus spread

The central administration is seeking an agreement on Covid-19 restrictions with all of the regions before the emergency measure expires on Saturday


Minister’s warning to Madrid government: ‘You can’t play with public health’

The ongoing battles between the two administrations continued last night, with regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso of the PP claiming Madrileños are being ‘held hostage’ by new coronavirus confinements


The Madrid villages that have remained free of the coronavirus

The region is the worst affected in Europe, but these five municipalities have yet to record a single confirmed case thanks largely to their remote location and the discipline of locals


Madrid will observe central government’s new coronavirus restrictions, but plans to challenge them in the courts

The Health Ministry on Thursday published new regulations in the Official State Gazette that will see the capital and nine other municipalities in the region confined, something regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso has been fighting to avoid


Madrid, Health Ministry reach deal that could see the Spanish capital confined

The two sides have agreed that coronavirus criteria will be uniform for all cities in Spain with more than 100,000 inhabitants


Impasse between Madrid, central government continues as coronavirus cases spiral out of control in the region

Health Minister Salvador Illa warns that “much tougher measures” will be needed if action is not taken soon


Government intervention of Madrid looms as region refuses to adopt stricter coronavirus measures

The Socialist Party administration of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is seeking a way to intervene in the region, which has the worst infection rates in Europe


Madrid to make face masks mandatory in all public spaces

In a bid to curb coronavirus contagion, social gatherings will be restricted to 10 people and nightclubs will have to close by 1.30am


Spain updates official Covid-19 death toll, says new outbreaks are under control

As the country gets ready to lift the state of alarm, health authorities placed the overall number of victims at 28,313, up from the figure of 27,136 that had been provided for the last 12 days


The revolt of the 1% against the coronavirus ‘oppression’ in Spain

Residents of the upscale Madrid district of Salamanca have been demonstrating against the government for allegedly curtailing their freedoms


Why are Spaniards buying more beer and chocolate under the coronavirus lockdown?

Psychologists share their thoughts on why shoppers have swapped toilet paper for wine during the first two weeks of the state of alarm


Coronavirus crisis in Madrid’s senior homes: “If he gets infected, no one will do anything to help him”

EL PAÍS has received numerous emails and phone calls about the critical situation facing the elderly in residencies, from the shortage of staff to ambulances refusing to transfer patients


Coronavirus outbreak sparks panic buying in Madrid

Customers have been lining up to stock up on supplies as tougher measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 come into effect in the region


Three children in Spain test positive for coronavirus

The first case involving a minor was reported in Madrid, when a four-year-old girl tested positive for Covid-19. She was followed by two more in Castilla-La Mancha


Spanish mother’s fight against betting: “My son has been gambling for 10 years. I can’t go on”

Susana Fonseca discovered a decade ago that her child had been stealing money from her to place bets and is now calling for a ban on advertising


“We’re alone,” say parents of Korean student killed in Madrid by falling masonry

Jihyun, 32, died five days before Christmas after being struck on the head by a cornice that was displaced by wind from the regional Culture Department building


Staff at minors’ center targeted with grenade: ‘This is not an isolated event’

Employees say that xenophobia is on the rise in Madrid’s Hortaleza district, where there have been a number of attacks against migrant youths


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

Rise of the far right

“I’m not racist; I vote for Vox because you have to sort your own country out first”

EL PAÍS speaks to residents of Griñón, a town south of Madrid, about why they voted overwhelmingly for the far-right party at the November 10 general election in Spain


After another inconclusive election, Socialists rule out grand pact with the PP

Caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has a tall task ahead of him if he is to secure support from the parties he needs to back him in order to form a government


A man’s desperate bid to evict squatter granddaughter from his Madrid home

Paula, 18, entered Vicente Moreda’s apartment last week with a friend and a locksmith, and has since refused to answer the door to her family or to the media