At least so far, there is no case of Corona in a small town in Andalusia. The mayor wants to maintain this by all means.
The mayor of the southern Spanish municipality of Zahara de la Sierra has decided to completely isolate his city from the outside world. For this purpose, four of the five driveways were blocked, making it impossible to get through.
The reason is that no cases of Corona have been reported so far among the approximately 1400 inhabitants of the village. “It’s been two weeks since we closed and we still have no infection. That looks good,” the mayor told CNN.
- Cars are disinfected
The residents of Zahara de la Sierra are completely behind the decision of their mayor. Nearly a quarter of the population is over 65, and some cases of Corona have been reported in nearby villages and towns.
Police standing at the only entrance to the city. In addition, two men in protective clothing wash each car with bleach and water. In addition, cars must be driven through a disinfectant puddle so that the wheels are cleaned as well. “No car enters a city that is not disinfected,” says the mayor.
- Streets and houses cleaned
In addition to cars, every Monday and Thursday, a group of ten people in protective suits walk around the city and disinfect streets, public squares, and facades of homes. In addition, two women carry groceries from local shops to homes daily, so residents have to leave their homes as little as possible.
Solidarity among the population does not stop there. Prepared for the elderly and you help each other whenever possible. For example, repairs are done by neighbors or technically savvy people have offered to digitize photos of older people during the curfew.
- Functioning economy
All this works because the local economy is mostly made up of autonomous enterprises. Financial aid is available for businesses that typically rely on customers or tourists. The cost of electricity or water is also borne by local businesses.
Spain is one of the European countries most severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, over 100,000 people have been infected and 10,000 have died from the virus.