The British strain sets off alarms in Madrid

The British strain sets off alarms in Madrid

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This past Friday, those responsible for the health of the Madrid’s community appeared before the press to publicize the new basic health zones in which additional measures were applied, in addition to establishing new guidelines for the global territory, before the strong growth of infections in the third wave.

During the last week, this increase in infected people reached the 15% compared to the previous week and, as Antonio Zapatero, Deputy Minister of Public Health pointed out, it could be due to the presence of the British strain of coronavirus. Discovered in mid-December and with a greater capacity to infect, this variant is increasing its presence in the Community: about 9% of infections are associated with it.

“This transmission is rocking between 7% in some health centers and up to 33.5% in others“, said Zapatero, who warned that it was an” underestimated “figure. Since the beginning of 2021 the cases related to this strain B.1.1.7 have not stopped growing and in “two or three weeks” it could become the dominant strain.

Madrid demands more measures for the airport

Given the increase in cases of this new strain, in addition to others such as those detected in Brazil and South Africa, the Community of Madrid complains to the Government new national measures to stop the expansion of the same. In this way, the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, requested on Friday more controls on flights, trains and buses arriving from abroad. “The Ministry of Health does not give importance to the British strain. We do. And a lotEscudero said.

Change of mind of the Ministry

If at first Fernando Simón, director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), considered that the British variant would have a “marginal” impact in Spain, you have now changed your criteria. This same week, the epidemiologist pointed out that it could be the dominant variant in the month of March.

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