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Andalucía to announce new municipal border and non-essential business closures

Jesús Aguirre - the regional government's health minister.
Jesús Aguirre - the regional government's health minister. / EFE
  • The coronavirus perimeter control measure currently extends to 489 cities, towns and villages, while non-essential activity is stopped in 265 of them

The Junta de Andalucía will decide this Thursday, 28 January, which municipalities will face tighter restrictions to try to stop the third wave of the coronavirus.

Depending on the Covid-19 incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, the Andalusian government can order the perimeter closure of municipalities and the closure of all non-essential activity of those cities and towns that exceed the set thresholds of 500 and 1,000 respectively.

As a whole, the Andalusian region's incidence rate is 915.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, a figure that is 5.4 higher than the 909.4 figure on Tuesday – the first day in which the rate fell since December - and 241 more than last Wednesday (674.3).

The Junta de Andalucía evaluates the situation every Monday and Thursday and then updates the list of the municipalities that exceed the rate of 500 and 1,000 cases for the application of restrictive measures for a period of 14 days that come into force at midnight hours every Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

Therefore, if a municipality falls below 1,000 or 500 cases, the measures may be relaxed, provided that 14 days have elapsed since they were applied; while if it goes from more than 500 to more than 1,000 cases, the measures are tightened even if those two weeks have not passed, starting a new 14-day period.

As of Wednesday, 27 January, the border closure measure extends to 489 municipalities in the region with an incidence rate of the coronavirus higher than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days

For 265 of those 489 municipalities, the regional government has also ordered the closure of all non-essential activities for exceeding 1,000 Covid cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.