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Snow, And Now Ice, Disrupt Spaniards’ Lives, Vaccine Rollout

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People walk along Paseo Castellana covered with the snow in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The Spanish capital is trying to get back on its feet after a 50-year record snowfall that paralyzed large parts of central Spain over the weekend. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

(AP) — The Spanish capital of Madrid is trying to get back on its feet after a 50-year record snowfall that paralyzed large parts of central Spain and hampered vaccine deliveries. With a sharp drop in temperatures and the snow turning into ice, authorities were urging people to avoid all but essential trips out of their homes.

Nearly 700 roads remain affected throughout Spain. Madrid has been especially hard-hit, with much of the city’s main services and schools closed. A new batch of vaccine doses being flown into Madrid airport had to be diverted Monday to the northern city of Vitoria. The shots were being driven to vaccination centers in the capital.

 

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