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Andalucía restricts more places which have excess Covid case rates

Andalucía restricts more places which have excess Covid case rates
/ SALVADOR SALAS
  • Movement in and out of Écija is limited but for the moment curbs are less harsh in Granada city and Sierra de Yeguas

The Junta de Andalucía government announced extended restrictions and lockdown measures on more areas of the region this week.

Faced with high case numbers in certain communities, regional ministers agreed to order on-site classes to be suspended at the University of Granada for the following two weeks to avoid contacts, and student halls of residence had restrictions on movement imposed.

On Tuesday, the university city had a 14-day Covid-19 case notification rate per 100,000 inhabitants of 501, above the level to activate more restrictions. However, Junta spokesperson Elías Bendodo explained that a city lockdown was not needed. He said that only nine per cent of local hospital beds had Covid-19 patients, below the threshold for harsher measures.

In contrast, the large town of Écija, in the province of Seville, saw an order come into force for entry and exit to only be allowed with good reason, as it reached 925 cases on Tuesday.

Écija joined Casariche (Seville), Linares (Jaén) and Almodóvar del Río (Cordoba), all facing the toughest measures.

Malaga province

Inside Malaga province, the inland village of Sierra de Yeguas faced curbs with its high case rate.

Bars have been told to close at 10pm amid other measures, but fuller lockdown has been avoided, under the guidelines, because of its small size and as case levels were lowering.

The number of people attending weddings and first communions has also been restricted to 30 in Sierra de Yeguas.

With the traditional All Saints’ Day visit to cemeteries approaching at the end of the month, the Junta has been considering how to keep people safe, including lengthening opening times and allowing only small family groups.