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The entry into the new normality has coincided with the arrival of a new season: summer. And this has brought about a considerable increase in temperatures in some areas of Spanish territory, such as the Community of Madrid. During this week temperatures are expected around 38º C.

Is bathing in rivers and swamps allowed?

In the face of this heat wave, those from Madrid who cannot leave the community take the opportunity to spend the day on the outskirts of Madrid’s rivers or swamps.

But, Is bathing allowed in these aquatic areas?

The answer is no. The autonomous government prohibits, for the time being, bathing in rivers, swamps, lakes and pools of untreated freshwater pools, as well as in the rest of the river areas. However, yes you can be on the banks, but complying with hygiene and precautionary measures to avoid crowds and possible contagions.

So he remembered it again Enrique López, Minister of Justice, Interior and Victims of the Community of Madrid, during his visit to the Valmayor base: “You have to be responsible. The first thing is health, “he settled flatly.

Increase in deaths

Although the waters of a swamp seem safe or those of the river invite a bath, they are dangerous areas and are not usually guarded. That may be an explanation to increase in the death toll in recent weeks.

According to him National Drowning Report (INA) of the Spanish Federation of Rescue and First Aid, andn June there have been 38 deaths from unintentional drowning in Spain, of which 33 (86.84%) occurred in unattended spaces. Nine of them occurred the last weekend, and seven were in bathing places that did not have a surveillance or lifeguard service.

Scientists ask not to bathe

A team of researchers of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), published a report on the risks of contagion in different aquatic environments. This analysis concluded that in salt water and swimming pools, the danger was “unlikely”while virus survival in rivers, lakes or freshwater pools “could be higher.

Warning from environmental groups

At the end of May, the main environmental groups in the Community of Madrid warned the Madrid Executive that regulate and suspend bathing in all untreated bodies of water because the reservoirs could contain a possible viral load.

The bathing areas of the Community of Madrid

In Madrid, there are four bathing areas officially registered and in which water quality is checked periodically throughout the summer season at the five established sampling points: Las Presillas (Lozoya-Rascafría River), Los Villares (Estremera Beach), El Muro and Virgen de la Nueva (San Juan Reservoir) and Alberche Beach (Alberche-Aldea del Fresno River).

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Rafael Nadal, the 2019 US Open men’s champion, won’t be defending his title in 2020.

Nadal announced on Tuesday that he has withdrawn from the 2020 US Open, citing his concerns with COVID-19.

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After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year’s US Open. The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it.

We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year after 4 months stopped with no play, I understand and thank for the efforts they are putting in to make it happen. We have just seen the announcement of Madrid not being played this year.

All my respects to the USTA, the US Open organisers and the ATP for trying to put the event together for the players and the fans around the world through TV.

This is a decision I never wanted to take but I have decided to follow my heart this time and for the time being I rather not travel.

Nadal’s future schedule uncertain

Nadal’s schedule had just freed up with the cancellation of the Madrid Open on Tuesday. The end date of the US Open, which is scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 13, conflicted with the start of the Madrid Open, which had been rescheduled from the spring to September. Nadal was likely to compete in just one of those events. With the Madrid Open no longer happening, it would have given Nadal the opportunity to compete in the US Open.

However, Nadal’s concerns with COVID-19 overwhelm even his desire to compete. He would “rather not travel” to the tournament, though he said that he respects the USTA, the ATP and the US Open organizers for putting the tournament together amid COVID-19.

Nadal did not reveal his plans for the French Open, which is scheduled to start on Sept. 27. Since that takes place in France and not the United States, which is continuing to see high rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths, it’s possible that Nadal would choose to play in that tournament.

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