Madrid demands massive screenings from Sánchez in Barajas so that the South African variant does not sneak in

The Government of Sánchez tests less than 2.7% of tourists despite the crisis of the strains

The Madrid’s community demands the Government of Pedro Sánchez to take urgent control measures at the Barajas airport due to the incidence of the new South African variant. Europe has closed flights from South Africa and other neighboring countries, affected by this strain B.1.1.529. The measure will come into force on Tuesday, but from the Executive of Isabel Díaz Ayuso they remember that the reaction must be urgent and begin this Friday. Claim PCR tests, massive screening of international passengers and that the vaccination certificate is required, since the cancellation of flights will not affect passengers who make a stopover outside the EU.

This afternoon, the Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero placeholder image, has sent a letter to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, demanding that you do not delay time to implement measures against this new and worrying variant

These ‘without delay’ measures go beyond the cancellation of flights from South Africa or other affected countries, which they will only restrict those direct routes. For example, a flight from Doha (Qatar) to Madrid will have no problem landing in Spain. And passengers who have previously taken a flight could travel on board JohannesburgDoha.

In this way, Community sources explain, the cancellation of flights in itself will not prevent the possible entry of cases of the South African strain, such as those that have already been detected in Belgium. To detect passengers who have made a stopover, it is necessary, they explain, a huge reinforcement of human resources to be able to check, passenger by passenger, where they originally came from.

For this reason, Ruiz Escudero has requested the urgent start-up of massive screening and PCR tests among passengers on international flights who may come from risk areas. In addition, it is required that the Covid vaccination certificate be required.

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