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Six Malaga towns set to re-open their non-essential activities after Covid rates fall

Shutters down. File photograph.
Shutters down. File photograph. / ANDREA JIMÉNEZ
  • Alhaurín de la Torre, Manilva, Villanueva del Rosario, Benarrabá, Tolox and Casabermeja have fallen below a rate of 1,000 infections per 100,000 and will be able to open non-essential businesses from Wednesday

Today, like every Monday and Thursday, is the review day for the cumulative incidence rate of Covid-19 infections across Andalucía.

The regional government orders a perimeter lockdown in the municipalities that exceed 500 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last fourteen days and also enforces the closure of all non-essential activities in those locations that exceed 1,000 positive diagnoses per 100,000 inhabitants.

It is also decided what happens to the towns where these measures were applied two weeks ago. If they have reduced their infection rate below the established limits, the public health alerts committee can notify the lifting of the restrictions. If they continue to exceed the parameters set by the Junta, the municipalities must maintain the limitations for at least another two weeks, although the regional government is already considering the possibility of reducing this period in cases when there are ten consecutive days of decreases in the number of infections.

Of the eight towns in Malaga that two weeks ago had to undergo the general closure of activities, five will be able to open their non-essential businesses as of Wednesday: Alhaurín de la Torre, Manilva, Villanueva del Rosario, Benarrabá, Casabermeja and Tolox.

Another two, Marbella and Estepona, remain above this rate and will maintain the closure of any activity considered non-essential, such as hospitality, commerce or culture. Marbella registers a rate of 1,066 cases and Estepona, 1,015.

Tolox and Villanueva del Rosario present an incidence rate of less than 500, which is why their perimeter closure will also be lifted.

The Junta de Andalucía will publish the updates tomorrow (9 February) in the (BOJA) official gazette to take effect at midnight on Tuesday.