A massive testing operation began Saturday in Burgos (north) to try to curb the pandemic in the Spanish city most affected by the scourge, noted an AFP photographer.
Despite the cold throughout the day, its inhabitants turned up in large numbers in the sports hall where the operation was taking place, even though the queues were never very long.
The aim of the operation is to have tested 25% of the 175,000 inhabitants of Burgos in one week.
“Each time we spot a case, it means that we avoid five to seven positive cases or maybe more after a week,” Mónica Chicote, an operation manager, told reporters.
With 1,750 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days – compared to an average of 419 in Spain – Burgos is the hardest-hit city in the country despite the many restrictions in progress including the closure of bars and restaurants and the ban on meeting more of three people.
Spain, where a curfew has been in force since the end of October – with the exception of the Canary Islands, in the Mediterranean – has recorded more than 42,000 deaths and 1.5 million people infected since the start of the pandemic .