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All the Spanish regions - except Madrid - in favour of a unified strategy limiting Easter travel

Traffic heading out of Madrid. File photograph.
Traffic heading out of Madrid. File photograph. / SUR
  • There have been calls not to "repeat the mistakes" of last Christmas when 17 different regional regulations allowed almost unlimited mobility that unleashed the third wave of the pandemic

The Junta de Andalucía's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, has again called on Spain's Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, for a single strategy among all the autonomous regions so that common criteria to fight the coronavirus pandemic are adopted at Easter.

At a virtual meeting of the country’s Interterritorial Health Council, all the regional health ministers agreed in principle not to allow mobility between the regions during Easter week - but with the notable exception of Madrid.

There were calls not to "repeat the mistakes" of last Christmas when 17 different regulations led to almost unlimited mobility that unleashed the third wave of the pandemic.

All the regional executives - except for the one chaired by Isabel Díaz Ayuso - were in favour of closing off their perimeters to limit travel and the transmission of the virus to avoid a fourth wave that could complicate the opening up of tourism in the summer - the primary objective of the vast majority of regional leaders.

Despite the consensus among the regions there may not be a firm decision made at a national level about what happens at Easter until at least next week.

In Andalucía mobility restrictions mean that it is not permitted to enter or leave provinces - or the region - without a justified reason.