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Three Malaga villages urge the 'voluntary confinement' of residents to reduce Covid-19 infections

Alcaucín town hall. File photograph.
Alcaucín town hall. File photograph. / EUGENIO CABEZAS
  • The councils of three Axarquía municipalities have reduced their services and closed public spaces to stop the transmission of the coronavirus

The number of town halls in Malaga province that are taking stricter measures to stop the third wave of the coronavirus is growing.

The Axarquía villages of Benamocarra, Alcaucín and Comares, after adding 32, nine and six positive cases, respectively, in recent days, have called on their residents to voluntarily self-isolate to try to stop the contagions from growing.

Benamocarra

In Benamocarra, with 3,011 residents and 32 active cases, and a rate of 564.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, the mayor, Abdeslam Lucena, has signed an order to close the municipal library, sports hall, padel court, Guadalinfo technology centre, the municipal gym, cultural centre, youth centre, municipal market and the football field. Town hall services for the public will also be reduced and personal visits should only be made for “urgent and necessary” matters.

Alcaucín

In Alcaucín all cultural and sports activities organised by the local council have been suspended. The gym and the Guadalinfo centre will be closed. These measures will be in effect from this Monday until next Sunday, 17 January, but the date may be modified depending on the evolution of infections. Individual responsibility is also been urged. In Alcaucín there are nine active cases of the virus, of which eight have been detected in the last week, with a rate of 358.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Comares

Comares, with 1,315 residents, has also made a public statement which says the council is going to intensify the cleaning and disinfection work of public roads, municipal buildings and in the vicinity of food and basic necessities premises. According to the latest update from the Junta de Andalucía, there are six active cases, of which four have been diagnosed in the last week. The 14-day rate is 304.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The town hall has recommended "voluntary confinement" to their residents, and avoiding trips that are not essential. It has also reminded the population that if they suffer any Covid-19 symptoms or have been in direct contact with a positive case they should call 900 400 061 or 955 545 060.

The mayor, Manuel Robles, has made an appeal "for the collaboration of neighbors in general, respecting legal regulations, health and hygiene instructions and social distancing measures, which will benefit everyone".