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The Spanish government has recommended reimposing a partial lockdown on all of Madrid city to curb the spread of coronavirus after local authorities imposed restrictions on just some areas of the wider region, the health minister said on Friday.
New restrictions that took effect Friday evening to limit coronavirus infections will destroy 18,000 jobs and 750 million euros ($880 million) in revenue each week, Madrid's regional government said in a lawsuit filed the same day.

The administration is seeking to overturn a series of curbs imposed by the national government including closing bars and cutting restaurant capacity to 50%. The limits, which stop residents from entering or leaving 10 cities in the region including the capital, allow trips to work, taking children to school and medical appointments. Foreign visitors may still fly into Madrid.

Comment: That tells us just how insidious and nonsensical these restrictions are.

The regional government adopted the new curbs while seeking a court injunction to suspend them, arguing that they were imposed without the required unanimous consensus of Spain's 17 regions that are primarily in charge of health services.

Spain has the fastest infection rate in the continent, which its government has blamed largely on family gatherings and social events, particularly among youth. Police broke up a party last night in a Madrid suburb, with 200 attendees in a single house, for violating health rules.