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Spanish capital region orders partial lockdown in some COVID-hit areas

FILE PHOTO: People queue to get tested, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain, September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina

MADRID (Reuters) - The region including the Spanish capital Madrid will limit movement between and within areas badly affected by a new surge in coronavirus infections, which would affect over 850,000 people, regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso said on Friday.

Ayuso said access to parks and public areas would be restricted, and gatherings will be limited to six people, but people would not be stopped from going to work in the hardest-hit region in Spain, which has the highest number of cases in Western Europe.

“We need to avoid lockdown, we need to avoid economic disaster,” Ayuso told a news conference.

Reporting by Isla Binnie, Clara-Laeila Laudette, editing by Andrei Khalip