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People walk along the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid on May 9th. Manu Fernandez / AP

While just over half of Spain’s population is preparing to move forward with the next step in de-escalation on Monday, the latest data on coronavirus cases indicate why the two major cities, Madrid and Barcelona, ​​will continue to apply mobility measures and Stricter mobility for now, a senior health official said on Sunday.

The Ministry of Health has reported at least 621 new Covid-19s cases across Spain since Saturday, and 64% of these are located in the Madrid region, Catalonia – where Barcelona is located, and in two other regions adjacent to Madrid.

“The regions with the largest population, in which the epidemic occurred, had a slightly different spread” from the rest of Spain, said Dr. Fernando Simón, Spanish director of health emergencies. “I’m Madrid, Catalonia and we also have other cases in Castilla La Mancha and Castilla Leon.”

Of the 143 new deaths reported since Saturday, 72% were in the same four regions mentioned by Simón during the government’s daily technical briefing and Press conference.

From the numbers: Overall, there are now at least 224,390 cases confirmed by PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and around 26,621 coronavirus deaths, according to reports from the Ministry of Health.

According to Simón, the latest increase in confirmed cases is 0.28%, while the increase in deaths is 0.5%, the lowest since the beginning of March, with a prolonged decline in weeks for both categories.

He said it in Two The Castile regions, their close contact with Madrid and the frequent movement of people between the regions and the capital led to more cases in those two regions.

The whole country remains subject to strict confinement rules in a state of emergency that has been extended until May 23 for a total of 10 weeks.

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