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These are the four Malaga towns with border lockdowns for at least another week

Colmenar, where non-essential activity is allowed again after reducing its incidence rate.
Colmenar, where non-essential activity is allowed again after reducing its incidence rate. / SUR
  • Experts have also decided that the health districts of Málaga, Valle del Guadalhorce, Serranía, Costa del Sol, La Vega and the Axarquía should remain at Covid-19 alert level 2

Four Malaga towns will continue to face municipal border closures for at least another week from Friday due to their high incidence rates for Covid-19, it has been announced this Wednesday (31 March).

They are Pujerra, Colmenar, Casabermeja and Montecorto. The first three have registered a cumulative incidence rate of more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants while Montecorto - which has a rate of 1,194.5 - is allowed to maintain its non-essential activity (which is normally closed when exceeding one thousand cases per 100,000 inhabitants) because of its small 1,500 population.

The measures will be valid for seven days, after their publication in BOJA Official Gazette, so they will come into effect from Friday morning, 2 April.

The Territorial Committee for High Impact Public Health Alerts that normally meets on Thursdays met a day early this week because of Easter. The virtual meetings analyse the Covid-19 data and, as a result of their findings, the health districts of Málaga, Valle del Guadalhorce, Serranía, Costa del Sol, La Vega and the Axarquía will remain at health alert level 2.

Six indicators are taken into account including the cumulative incidence rate for 14 days, the incidence rate in people over 65 and the pressure on hospitals and intensive care units.

By health district, Malaga has an incidence rate of 73.6, which is an increase compared to last week. In this district there are only two towns that have not registered infections in two weeks: Macharaviaya and Totalán.

The towns in the Costa del Sol health district also remain at level 2. In this health district, which has a rate of 105.2 (down compared to last week) are the towns of Benahavís (with a rate of 154.9 per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days), Benalmádena (120), Casares (29.1), Estepona (126.7), Fuengirola (67.6), Istán (66.9), Manilva (103.4), Marbella (145), Mijas (93.7), Ojén (78.6) and Torremolinos (47.7).

The Serranía health district has an incidence rate of 78.2, an increase compared to the previous week. This district is composed, in addition to Montecorto (1,194.5) and Pujerra (974) of Algatocín, with a rate of 122.9 cases in 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants; Arriate, 196; Cortes de la Frontera, 65.3; Faraján, 383.1; Gaucin, 62.9; Ronda, 56.3 and Serrato, 207.5. There are 15 municipalities that have not registered infections in 14 days: Alpandeire, Atajate, Benadalid, Benalauría, Benaoján, Benarrabá, El Burgo, Cartajima, Cuevas del Becerro, Genalguacil, Igualeja, Jimera de Líbar, Jubrique, Júzcar, Montejaque, and Parauta.

In the Axarquía health district the incidence rate stands at 125.2. The municipalities that register cumulative incidence rates are Algarrobo (244.1), Almáchar (55); Arenas (339.8); Benamargosa (65.1), Benamocarra (32.8); Canillas de Aceituno (59.5); Casabermeja (992); Colmenar (733.4); Competa (176.5); Frigiliana (32.7); Nerja (47.3), Perina (129.5); Riogordo (146.9); Torrox (39); Vélez-Málaga (114.1) and La Viñuela (48.7). The towns of Alcaucín, Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Árchez, El Borge, Canillas de Albaida Comares, Cútar, Iznate, Salares, Sayalonga, and Sedella have not registered infections in two weeks.

On the other hand, the rate in the health district of Guadalhorce stands at 71. The town of Alhaurín de la Torre has a cumulative incidence rate of 36.4, Alhaurín el Grande (138.0), Álora (114.4), Alozaina (0), Ardales (0), Carratraca (0), Cártama (7.5), Casarabonela (0), Coín (150), Guaro (0), Monda (37.1), Pizarra, (63.5) Tolox (46.8) and Yunquera (69.7).

The La Vega health district has a rate of 53.6 - an increase compared to the previous week. The incidence rate in Almargen is 256.8; Antequera, 24.2; Campillos, 59.6; Cuevas Bajas, 146.0; Cuevas de San Marcos, 166.6; Fuente de Piedra, 37.6; Mollina, 37.9; Sierra de Yeguas, 421.9; Teba, 160.3; Villanueva de la Concepción, 212.9; and Villanueva de Tapia, 68.5. The municipalities that do not register cases in this district are Alameda, Archidona, Cañete la Real, Humilladero, Valle de Abdalajís, Villanueva de Algaidas, Villanueva del Rosario and Villanueva del Trabuco.