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Marbella steps up coronavirus response with large-scale disinfection

A Spanish Legion patrol in Puerto Banús.
A Spanish Legion patrol in Puerto Banús. / Josele
  • The Spanish Legion has also been on patrol, carrying out reconnaissance and informing those still on the streets that they must return home

A unit of the Spanish Legion, based in Ronda, was deployed on Sunday in Marbella, Ojén, Benahavís and Istán as part of measures adopted to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the area.

A total of 60 military personnel carried out patrol and inspection tasks across the municipality in pairs, informing those still on the streets that they must return to their homes and taking note of locations they deemed necessary for disinfection.

For its part, Marbella town hall launched a disinfection campaign across the town's 40 pharmacies on Monday. According to councillor for Health Enrique Rodríguez, this measure is being taken "because these establishments are usually the first port of call for residents who present some kind of symptoms or have some doubts about coronavirus".

This will be carried out by a rapid action team, made up of a coordinator and four employees who are specialised and accredited in disinfection. To date, the team has already carried out disinfection tasks inside the Local Police, National Police and Guardia Civil headquarters, the town hall, the Tráfico department, the post office, the bus station, the courts and the local markets, as well as on municipal vehicles (bin lorries, buses, taxis etc), Rodríguez said.

The same measures have also begun inside the municipality's homes for the elderly, as they are considered to be the most vulnerable to the virus.

Marbella's two large sports halls are also being used to house the homeless.