Spain Reports Record COVID-19 Cases, Limits Social Gatherings

By Francisco Salazar

Spain is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases with Madrid at the epicenter of the second wave.

During the weekend, Spain’s Health Ministry confirmed 10,476 new coronavirus infections on Friday and is reporting more cases than on the worst days back in March. The record cases are in part due to better testing capabilities.

According to reports, around seven percent of Spain’s hospital beds are occupied with COVID-19.

As a result of new COVID-19 cases, authorities in Madrid announced that on Monday, social gatherings will be limited to 10 people, with the exception of some events. Churches, casinos, funeral homes, and wedding venues will remain open but reduced from 75 percent to 60 percent capacity. Additionally, Madrid will remain open to the rest of the country.

The Teatro Real de Madrid is set to open its 2020-21 season on Sept. 18 with a production of “Un Ballo in Maschera.” There is no mention of how the city’s new measures will affect performances and if the company will be able to go ahead with the season.

The company recently performed a socially distanced production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” in July and paved the way for companies to present complete works adapting to COVID-19 restrictions.