Madrid’s poor suffer as Covid-19 takes hold again and authorities flounder

Scapegoats sought and political squabbles indulged as virus spreads across Spanish capital

People in the queue to be tested for Covid-19 at the Buenos Aires health centre in south Madrid on Friday morning were met with a bleak but polite sign.

The homemade noticeboard still bore the previous day’s information, spelled out in marker pen on sticky yellow notes: consultations – by phone and in person – 483; Covid consultations, 19; PCR tests, 78; and number of staff absent, 13.

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