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Andalucía to announce more closures for towns that exceed the Covid-19 infection rates

The Junta announces the mobility restrictions twice a week. File photograph.
The Junta announces the mobility restrictions twice a week. File photograph. / SUR
  • The regional government updates the municipal coronavirus containment measures every Monday and Thursday and puts them in place for at least 14 days

Andalucía's regional government is preparing for a new review of the coronavirus crisis mobility restrictions this Monday, 25 January.

The Junta updates the measures every Monday and Thursday and extends them for at least 14 days.

Towns and villages with a 14-day reported case rate of more than 500 per hundred thousand inhabitants face a municipal border closure while, if the rate exceeds 1,000, all non-essential businesses in theose municipalities will be forced to close.

In Malaga province, the situation of several municipalities that last Friday were dangerously close to a thousand infections per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last fourteen days will be scrtuinised closely: Malaga, (a rate then of 795 positive diagnoses), Marbella (984), Estepona (806), Mijas (757) and Rincón de la Victoria (718) and Alhaurín de la Torre (986).

If in any of these municipalities have reached a rate of one thousand infections, the measure would be announced this Monday to take effect at midnight on Tuesday and forcing non-essential businesses to close Wednesday.

Last week the president of the Junta, Juanma Moreno, asked the central government for authorisation to order stay-at-home lockdown in all municipalities that reach this rate. However, the central government ignored this request as well as the proposal to bring the curfew forward two hours to eight in the evening.

Therefore the main restrictions in Andalucía are maintained with the curfew between ten at night and six in the morning and the limitation of meetings to a maximum of four people inside or outside the home. Nor can reisdents enter or leave Andalucía or their provinces, except for a justified reason which may include work, education and health matters.