The Junta de Andalucía has confirmed changes to its Covid-19 infection rates review strategy in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the region.
The changes were announced this Wednesday (10 February) following a meeting of the committee of experts that advises the regional government to review both its strategy for monitoring the evolution of the health crisis and its restrictions.
Firstly, it has been decided to reduce the review of the cumulative incidence rate from 14 to seven days to determine municipal border lockdowns and closure of non-essential activities. At present, once a municipality exceeds a threshold (500 or 1,000) the easing, continuation, or tightening of measures is reviewed after 14 days.
Secondly, the weekly meetings to review the coronavirus data will also be reduced from two to one.
“There will only be one meeting a week. From now on, the situation of each municipality will be reviewed on Thursdays,” said the Andalusian president, Juanma Moreno, who specified that both the closing and opening measures will come into effect every Saturday.
However, the incidence rate parameters that affect the localities do not change depending on whether they exceed the threshold of 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (perimeter closure) or 1,000 cases of Covid per 100,000 inhabitants (closure of all non-essential activity).
Moreno said that these new measures do not mean that the public can relax: “It would be the biggest mistake. We are on the right track but this is far from over," he warned.