Madrid (APDR)-The Spanish capital, Madrid, was still trying to get back on its feet on Monday after a record 50 years of snowfall paralyzed most of central Spain and hindered the delivery of coronavirus vaccines.
The blizzard poured over 50 cm (20 inches) of snow in some areas, and the cold front turned the fluffy white snow piles into ice and crud drift. At least 700 roads are not clear enough, and half of them are not suitable for chainless driving.
According to the national AEMET Meteorological Agency, the temperature in most parts of the country is expected to drop to 1
The Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande Malasca said at a television news conference: “We have to face very complicated days until the cold wind subsides.” “For safety reasons, it is necessary to postpone the road network project to avoid interruption Any exercise that can be avoided.”
On Monday, 650,000 doses of the new Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine arrived at six airports in Spain, but the vaccine originally scheduled for Madrid must be transferred to the northern city of Victoria. Authorities say police escorts will help the vaccine pass through snow-covered streets and highways.
After the New Year’s postponement, the Spanish health department hopes to speed up vaccination across the country this week. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 50% of the nearly 750,000 doses received in Spain were distributed before Monday. Despite the large-scale snow removal work, health care workers were still vaccinated in Madrid on Monday.
Fernando Simón, the country’s top coronavirus expert, said that he expects the aftermath of the hurricane to affect the vaccination schedule in “certain areas”, but in general most doses should still be managed because it is still a nursing home and medical service. Personnel priorities.
Storm Filomena killed four people and deposited snow, leaving more than 1,500 people in the car, some of them for 24 hours. Since then, it has moved eastward.
In Madrid, with the help of snowplows and bulldozers, the civil defense and military battalions managed to clear the lanes of ambulances and emergency vehicles. Despite this, most of the city’s services were closed on Monday, including the main wholesale market, although some supermarkets and newsstands opened for the first time in three days. The school is closed this week.
Some of the residents were crowded with crampons and hiking poles. They cautiously went to the subway station in the icy snow. This was the only feasible way to commute to work. However, this resulted in congestion of trains that could not maintain social distance. Late Monday, commuter trains in Madrid and the high-speed rail between Barcelona and Madrid resumed service.
The Spanish Capital Airport, which has been closed since Friday night, has 12 planes taking off or landing on Monday.
The slow return to normal conditions was relieved by Alba Martínez, the nurse who spent six shifts during the snowstorm to eliminate the occasional nap in the emergency room.
The 30-hour snowstorm prevented her colleagues from reaching the hospital in the northern Madrid area. Martinez was only replaced on Sunday afternoon, when a 4×4 volunteer car brought reinforcements and sent him home.
“Employees have spontaneously organized messaging apps to find out how to change shifts. She said: “But we are worried that some of the food needed by some patients will run out. She added that for COVID-19 patients, the situation in the intensive care unit is more difficult for her colleagues.
Martinez wanted to know why the authorities did not stock up supplies and arrange personnel in nearby hotels before the storm.
“Because all the warnings are there, the logical thing is to foresee the situation. But they didn’t,” she said.
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