Andalucía will again decide this Monday (8 February) which new municipalities must tighten their restrictions to try to stop the spread of the third wave of the coronavirus.
According to the regional government's cumulative incidence rate data the Junta will order municipal perimeter lockdowns or the closure of non-essential activities in those cities and towns that exceed the established contagion thresholds. The Junta reviews the Covid-19 incidence rate twice a week - on Mondays and Thursdays.
Last weekend, the Junta de Andalucía extended the perimeter closure order of 551 municipalities in the region with an incidence rate higher than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. For 283 of those 551 localities, the regional government also dictated the closure of all non-essential activity for exceeding the threshold of 1,000 cases of Covid per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. The measures remain in force for a period of 14 days from when they have been decreed in each municipality.
Also on Saturday (6 January) a total of 18 Andalusian municipalities came out of the perimeter closure measure by reducing their cumulative incidence rate for the coronavirus below 500. There were five from Almeria province - Cantoria, Felix, Líjar, Lucainena de las Torres and Santa Cruz de Marchena; one from Cordoba - Santa Eufemia; three from Granada - Cenes de la Vega, Huéneja and Lanteira; two from Jaén - Pegalajar and Puente de Génave, five from Malaga - Archidona, Comares, Humilladero, Igualeja and Viñuela; and two from Seville - Castilleja de Guzmán and La Roda de Andalucía.
Andalucía is seeing a gradual decline in both the number of coronavirus infections, hospitalisations and deaths. The region’s incidence rate in the last 14 days is 849.7. The Ministry of Health has recorded 3,685 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, which represents the lowest daily number of the week and is significantly lower than the 7,892 infections seven days ago. However, the number of people admitted with Covid-19 to an intensive care unit has risen to 735, the worst figure of the entire pandemic.
The Junta de Andalucía will therefore evaluate, this Monday, the list of municipalities that exceed the incidence rates of 500 and 1,000 cases for the application of restrictive measures with a validity of 14 days that come into force in the early hours of Wednesday, 10 January.
If a municipality falls below 1,000 or 500 cases, the measures may be relaxed, provided that 14 days have elapsed since they were applied; while if it goes from more than 500 to more than 1,000 cases, the measures are tightened even if two weeks have not passed, starting again another 14-day period.