Madrid in standoff with government over Covid-19 lockdown

Health minister urges regional authorities to ‘listen to the science’ as infections soar

The Spanish government and authorities in Madrid are locked in a standoff over how to tackle the second wave of Covid-19 in and around the capital, where more than a third of the country’s 716,481 cases have been diagnosed.

As the numbers of infections continues to surge in Spain – by far the worst hit western European country – Madrid is at the centre of a medical, political and economic row.

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