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Covid-19: The Junta is considering the closure of all non-essential activity across Andalucía

The Junta's vice president, Juan Marín, holds a video conference meeting about the coronavirus situation in the region.
The Junta's vice president, Juan Marín, holds a video conference meeting about the coronavirus situation in the region. / SUR
  • The measure is already being applied in municipalities with a thousand infections per 100,000 inhabitants, a limit that the 911 average for the region is now fast approaching

The Junta de Andalucía is considering further tightening the Covid-19 restrictions in the region this week to try and stop the almost vertical curve of the rate of infections during the third wave of the pandemic.

The regional government is considering taking the drastic measure of closing of all non-essential activity the Andalusian vice-president, Juan Marín, said on Monday.

He also suggested that additional restrictive measures could be adopted in the field of education, decisions that will be agreed after this week's meeting of the committee of experts that advises the Junta.

The number two of the Andalusian government said that ordering the closure of non-essential activity this week is a possibility that arises in view of the "upward" trend that continues in the unstoppable volume of infections, which has led Andalucía to reach the record for hospitalised patients for the entire pandemic, with almost 3,900 people admitted, and 552 in intensive care.

The vice-president acknowledged that the tools left to the regional government are "minimal since we do not have the possibility of extending the curfew or lockdown".

Marín said he was hopeful that the central government would provide more legal tools to the autonomous regions to continue fighting against the pandemic.

The committee of experts that advises the Andalusian government considers that the regional health system is not compromised in the face of the “explosive” evolution of infections in this third wave, according to its spokesperson, Inmaculada Salcedo, although she acknowledged that the current situation is "serious and worrying".

Faced with the sharp escalation of the pandemic, the committee spokesperson admitted that there is more occupation of beds and ICUs, although in general and at the moment there is "room" in hospitals to continue responding to the growing number of patients.