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Holy Week processions

Hopefully, I am still going to Toledo and Madrid during Semana Santa (Holy Week) and that the processions will still take place. Looking for advice on the best place to view the processions, in Toledo 8 April- 11 April, and in Madrid 11 April- 14 April.

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Spinatwo - I sent this info to you before on a prior post of yours regarding this topic. On Passover Thursday Apr 9th, you can catch the procession of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, El Pobre, and María Santísima del Dulce Nombre in Toledo. It leaves the Church of San Pedro in Calle Nuncio at around 7pm.

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Yes, you did, and I thank you. Any more suggestions from others? or how about 9 -11 April in Toledo and 11-14 in Madrid? I know about Easter Sunday in Plaza Mayor...

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I haven't been to Toledo in April, but I was in the city during a major religious festival that included a procession. People were packed like sardines along the processional route along the narrow streets of the historic center. To date Spain has reported 1073 coronavirus infections and 28 deaths. Are you sure you want to spend time in what seems to me (not a medical person) a very risky environment?

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The report I just read said 16 deaths, which are a lot of deaths, of course, but please be aware of the danger of misinformation.

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My data is from the Johns Hopkins University Dashboard, which if anything seems to have a slight lag. It was one day late reporting the two cases in Florida and two days late on their deaths.

Your statement appears to be from the same sources as a Bloomburg article, which states:

"In Madrid alone, the number of confirmed cases rose dramatically by about 200 over the course of 24 hours: 16 people have died, compared to 8 deaths reported Sunday."

As you can see, the figure of 16 deaths appears to apply to Madrid alone. Note that the article was apparently posted 6 hours ago, and the reported-infection number has increased from 999 to 1073 since then.

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acraven- You are correct. The numbers have changed quickly. I am still planning on going unless I am told I cannot. My traveling companion has concerns as she is a caregiver for her 80+ year old mother here in the states. She is concerned about "bringing something home". We will wait and see . In the meantime, have you attended any holy week processions in Toledo?

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No; I was in Spain for Holy Week last year, but in Andalucia. Processional routes were very, very crowded.

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'My traveling companion has concerns as she is a caregiver for her 80+ year old mother here in the states. She is concerned about "bringing something home".' As well she should be. Your traveling companion's concern should be respected.
Not qualified to voice a professional opinion, but I work closely with people who are: internationally esteemed pneumologists, immunologists, allergists, epidemiologists and endocrinologists, here, in Barcelona, at Hospital Clínic. I was in the room when two highly regarded pneumologists got messages confirming the first local presentation of what is now known as covid-19. [7 weeks ago —disregarding what you may have read in the press] (One of said pneumologists worked in Washington D.C. for two years, the other in London for 18 months — and another…at 72 years old, well….it would be quicker to list the cities and countries where he hasn’t worked.)

To avoid seeding any sense of local public panic we have casually adopted a code. I’m due there tomorrow morning at 11am until 5pm.
This afternoon, (at 13.24, Tuesday March 10th) I received a message from one of the pneumology/allergy crew: “Hi Bill! Just wanted to tell you to feel free to decide if you want to come to the hospital or if you prefer to wait until the storm has passed...🙂 I will understand your decision!!"
To which I replied, “Thanks for your concern. How bad is the storm?”

Response: “The storm is soft...for now..we expect lightning and rain in the next weeks…”

To which I replied, “Thanks for the weather forecast.”

I know what was meant — and I understand the implications.

Given a very fluid situation, I would politely and respectfully urge you to reflect and consider whether your planned journey to Spain is absolutely necessary at this time. If not absolutely necessary I would strongly but politely advise you make arrangements to re-schedule. I say this as a father of two, and soon to be grandfather — and frustrated, given the current situation, we will not be visiting family in March and April as planned. All our travel plans are now on hold.

Spain — Toledo and Madrid will still be here next year. All the best.

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Actually IMHO no need to urge anything anymore... it's very unlikely there'll be processions in Semana Santa this year. Furthermore, there might be further travel restrictions for US citizens to even fly abroad. As I've posted in other posts, the outbreak will spike in Spain in the next two weeks so the downfall will still be perceptible across April. This, assuming there are no further major outbreaks elsewhere nearby (namely France, which now seems to be posed as the next major spike in cases).

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I was in Malaga and Sevilla for Semana Santa processions. It is often the case that spectators are crowded nearly as densely as subway riders in rush hour. You will be cheek by jowl with multiple strangers for lengthy periods. A procession can take more than an hour to pass. . . . rather like the pictures I've seen of spectators for the Macy's Day parades.