The semi-autonomous government of Spain’s capital has hit back at orders issued by the central government requiring the city and its region to tighten coronavirus restrictions.

On Thursday, Regional leader Isabel Díaz Ayuso said the new restrictions were politically motivated by the ruling left-wing government.

She said that her administration will comply with orders to limit shop opening hours and social gatherings but will fight them through the courts “to defend the legitimate interests of the people of Madrid so that the measures conform to the regulations, to the reality, so they are objective and fair.”

She added that Madrid and its environs, home to 3.3 million people, was staunchly opposed to a return to “queues of hunger and unemployment.”

Spain’s health minister has said that 43.7 percent of all Spanish cases are in the capital.

PHOTO: Isabel Díaz Ayuso Comunidad de Madrid