Andalucía set to update list of towns subject to Covid-19 restrictions

Police checkpoint. File photograph.
Police checkpoint. File photograph. / ÑITO SALAS
  • At least sixty municipalities of the region exceed the rate of 500 infections and only eight the figure of 1,000 which means all non-essential activities must close

The Junta de Andalucía will this Thursday (25 February), like very Thursday, review the perimeter closures and the suspension of all non-essential activity measures in each of the cities, towns and villages across the entire region.

Any new measures decreed today would come into effect on Saturday, 27 February for any municipalities that exceed a 14-day cumulative incidence rate of 500 or 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

For localities with an incidence rate greater than 500, a perimeter lockdown is ordered and those that are above 1,000 must, additionally, close all essential activity.

The figures are looking promising as this Wednesday (24 February), the region recorded an average 14-day cumulative incidence rate of 235.11 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, below the 250 that is classified as extreme risk, according to official data from the Junta. That was 23.9 points lower than Tuesday's rate (259) and 176.1 points lower than seven days ago.

On Wednesday, only 60 Andalusian localities exceeded the rate of 500 cases of Covid-19, the level to order the perimeter closure and only eight of them were above the rate of 1,000 cases that forces the suspension of all non-essential activity.

These 60 municipalities above the rate of 500 Covid cases are spread over the eight provinces - 16 in Granada, 14 in Almeria, 13 in Seville, six in Jaén, five in Cadiz, four in Malaga and one each in Cordoba and Huelva - although only four of them - Malaga, Seville, Almeria and Granada - have municipalities that exceed a thousand infections per 100,000 residents in the last two weeks.

Specifically, the towns that exceed the rate of 1,000 cases are Lúcar (1,315.8) and Paterna del Río (1,095.9) in the province of Almeria; Aldeire (1,269.8) in Granada province; Montejaque (1,475.2), Árchez (1,039) and Benaoján (1,032.3) in Malaga province; and El Castillo de las Guardas (1,975.5, the highest rate in Andalucía) and Alanís (1,055.1) in the province of Seville.

The rest of the municipalities with a rate higher than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days are Ohanes, Viator, Los Gallardos, Garrucha, Pulpí, Tíjola, Urrácal, Vélez Rubio, Vera, Adra, Balanegra and Félix in Almería; Barbate, Benalup Casas Viejas, Grazalema, Olvera and Puerto Serrano in Cadiz; and Valsequillo in Cordoba.

In Granada, in addition to Aldeire, which exceeds the 1,000 rate, there are other 15 locations above 500 cases: Vélez de Benaudalla, La Calahorra, Castilléjar, Cuevas del Campo, Galera, Guadix, Huéscar, Orce, Zújar, Alhama de Granada, Benalúa de las Villas, Domingo Pérez de Granada, Montillana, Fonelas and Víznar. In Huelva the only municipality with a rate higher than 500 is Cuevas de San Bartolomé, while in Jaén there are six: Fuensanta de Martos, Cambil, Carboneros, Vilches, Hornos and La Iruela.

In the province of Malaga, only one town, Gaucín, registered a rate of between 500 and 1,000 cases, while in Seville there are eleven - Isla Mayor, Alcalá del Río, Brenes, La Campana, Cantillana, Guillena, Lora del Río, El Ronquillo, Los Molares, Paradas and Tocina.