The Junta de Andalucía has ordered the perimeter closure of eight towns in the Campo de Gibraltar area due to the proliferation of infections linked to the new strain of coronavirus first detected in the UK
The municipal mobility blockade affects the towns of La Línea de la Concepción, Algeciras, Los Barrios, Castellar de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera, San Martín del Tesorillo, San Roque and Tarifa.
All these municipalities are part of the Campo de Gibraltar area and higher incidence rates per 100,000 inhabitants have been registered in the last 14 days, standing at 316 cases compared to the 140 average across Andalucía.
This Saturday mass screening of the population has begun in of La Línea de la Concepción and will continue on Sunday in Algeciras.
These measures have been announced by the regional government’s health minister Jesús Aguirre after a crisis committee meeting in the area.
The proliferation of cases associated with the new strain of the virus that has also been detected in Gibraltar was also analysed.
Aguirre said he considered the movement restrictions "necessary to avoid an exponential growth in the coming days that could directly affect the pressure of care " – particularly on intensive care beds.