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Andalucía to announce towns and villages set to get new Covid-19 restrictions

Non-essential businesses could be forced to close if the virus incidence rate in their municipality is too high.
Non-essential businesses could be forced to close if the virus incidence rate in their municipality is too high. / EFE
  • The regional government will update the measures this Thursday to stop the spread of the third wave of the coronavirus

The Junta de Andalucía will announce this Thursday which new towns will face a tightening of measures to try to stop the "explosive" third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the incidence rate of the Covid-19 virus, the regional government can order the closure of town borders or the closure of establishments in the cities and towns that exceed the established contagion thresholds.

Given the rapid growth of the virus in the community, the incidence rate in Andalusian municipalities will be reviewed twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

In the case of the data updated this Thursday, the measures would come into force on Saturday morning at 12am. The new restrictions will be maintained in municipalities for at least 14 days to try and stop the upward trend of the curve.

On Wednesday, there were 325 municipalities in Andalucía with an incidence rate of the coronavirus higher than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. They are the cities, town and villages that have a municipal border closure in force and the entry or exit of the town to them is not allowed without just cause such as for work or medical reasons.

In addition, in 141 of those 325 municipalities, all non-essential activities have been closed as the contagion rate exceeds 1,000 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days and therefore require more aggressive restrictions.