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The Spanish Legion lends a hand across the province

Legionnaires patrol the streets of Puerto Banús.
Legionnaires patrol the streets of Puerto Banús. / Josele
  • A unit based in Ronda has been assisting with patrols and disinfection across Marbella and the Axarquía

The Spanish Legion has been out in force across the province this week as part of measures adopted to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the area.

The unit, based in Ronda, was first deployed on Sunday in Marbella, Ojén, Benahavís and Istán where 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.

La Legión then moved on to the Axarquía on Wednesday, distributed between Nerja, Torrox, Frigiliana and Cómpeta, where they principally carried out vehicle inspections, together with the Local Police and the Guardia Civil.

Large-scale 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 is being carried out by a rapid response 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, helping an average of 40 people a day.

Prison cleaned

Elsewhere across the province, the Emergency Military Unit (EMU) has continued disinfecting multiple locations frequented by large numbers of people.

On Sunday this included the prison in Alhaurín de la Torre and throughout the week they disinfected several supermarkets and care homes.