Junta chief warns that there is little time left to avoid a new 'hard, strict and long' lockdown

Juan Marín.
Juan Marín. / SUR
  • Andalusian vice-president Juan Marín has called for an increase in homeworking, more coronavirus testing, as well as speeding up vaccinations that have been hampered by the slow supply of doses

The vice-president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Marín, has demanded "a national agreement for an intelligent lockdown", given the serious situation that the region is experiencing from the continued spread of the coronavirus.

The politician has warned that there is little time left before the authorities will be forced to decree a new harsh, strict and long confinement like last spring.

He said that, in his opinion, an intelligent home lockdown is the only way to stop the spread of the disease but it would requires direct aid to small and medium-sized businesses, the self-employed and the rest of the affected sectors.

This plan, he said, should also include more homeworking, along with a massive testing target, as well as speeding up the vaccination process, which has been hampered by a slowdown in the arrival of doses from the manufacturers.

According to the vice-president of the Junta, Andalucía has the capacity to vaccinate 400,000 people a week and only 70,000 doses are being received.

"We need the tools"

Marín emphasised that it is time "to reach out and save lives" and rise to the occasion. He also stressed the need to listen to healthworkers and scientists and pay attention to the solutions that have been used in other countries and apply those that have worked.

The vice president of the regional government reiterated that, in recent days, there has been a worrying increase in cases in Andalucía and said that the current the state of alarm measures "leave very little margin to take the necessary actions before a worsening of the health situation".

He said that, in his opinion, former Health Minister Salvador Illa "has been thinking more about his political future than about the pandemic", so the Andalusian government can only limit itself to asking the public for voluntary self-isolationt.

"We need to have the legal tools that allow us to tighten the measures in this regard," he said.

"We urgently ask the Government of Spain to reconsider the request we make from the autonomous regions."