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Coronavirus restrictions 'highly likely' to be extended for another fortnight in Andalucía

Coronavirus restrictions 'highly likely' to be extended for another fortnight in Andalucía
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  • The Junta vicepresident said it would be "risky" and "irresponsible" to discuss increasing mobility or changing closing times or curfews at this current moment with infection rates "still high"

The restrictions currently in place in Andalucía to halt the second wave of coronavirus infections will most likely continue for a further two weeks after they expire on 24 November. This will include the long holiday weekend at the start of December.

These were the indications given by regional president Juanma Moreno and his deputy Juan Marín on Wednesday afternoon.

The former said on Twitter that the infection rate is "still high" and that he would "take the necessary decisions with the support of the experts to continue reducing the advance of the virus".

Marín meanwhile was much more explicit in his view, stating that it was "very likely" that the restrictive measures currently in force will have to be extended for a fortnight. Marín told journalists at an event in Seville that not all the data for an objective decision would be available until Sunday, but that his "feeling" is that the measures will have to be extended, without specifying which ones.

Marín added that it would be "risky" and "irresponsible" to discuss increasing mobility or changing closing times or curfews at this current moment.

This Sunday the committee of experts advising Moreno is due to meet to evaluate the week's progress, and then there will be a decision on whether to extend, relax or tighten the restrictions in Andalucía for a further two weeks.

The evolution of the case numbers, deaths and hospital admissions until Sunday will determine whether travel between provinces will be allowed and whether there would also be flexibility in night-time activity.