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The Junta is expected to announce new coronavirus restrictions in Andalucía on Friday

The Andalusian regional government has asked Madrid for the curfew to be brought forward to 8pm. File photograph.
The Andalusian regional government has asked Madrid for the curfew to be brought forward to 8pm. File photograph. / SUR
  • The regional government's vice-president Juan Marín has also said home confinement is 'the solution' to the pandemic situation

The Junta de Andalucía’s vice-president, Juan Marín, has announced that new coronavirus control measures will be announced on Friday "if the situation is not contained" during an interview on Canal Sur this Monday.

Marín said that after Friday's meeting of the regional government’s committee of experts "the decisions that have to be made" will be taken to combat the third wave of the pandemic.

The vice-president of the Junta has once proposed home confinement "as the solution" to the current situation of the pandemic – a measure that the regional government has already requested from Madrid.

"We calculate that the downward curve will begin in the first half of February," he estimated.

But he said that the closure of certain activities could be ordered "depending on how the Covid is responding" once the committee of experts review the situation on Friday.

"The results of the latest measures will not be fully seen until after 14 or 21 days, but if the situation this week is not contained, there will be new measures on Friday," said Marín.

Curfew

Asked about the decision of Castilla y León to bring the curfew to 8pm, a measures that Andalucía has requested from the central government, the vice-president of the Junta showed his support for this "brave" measure, but has warned of that Andalucía is not going to impose it because "there are legal limits."

"There is a national decree in force until 9 May and the regions have limitations on their powers to move it, but we have formally requested it from the Government."

Tourism impact

Regarding the situation that the tourism sector is suffering, Marín said he still expects that in 2021 the region will welcome 22 million tourists, almost double the number in 2020 when it fell to 13 million compared to 32 million in 2019.