Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, at the press conference this Tuesday, 23 November. / SUR

Junta calls committee of experts meeting for Friday after 'worrying' increase in Covid incidence rate

The adoption of 'preventative' coronavirus measures will be addressed, such as the presentation of the 'Covid passport', at the meeting that is scheduled to start at 11.30am

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The Andalusian Government has called a meeting of the High Impact Public Health Alerts Advisory Council, better known as the ‘committee of experts’, for this Friday, 26 November, with the aim of analysing the coronavirus pandemic situation in the region.

This was announced this Tuesday (23 November) by the Junta’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, at the press conference following a meeting of the Governing Council, where he confirmed that this Friday's meeting will take place from 11.30 am in the Palacio de San Telmo in Seville.

"Preventative" measures

Aguirre said that, based on the technical reports that have been requested, the adoption of "preventative" measures will be addressed, such as the presentation of the so-called "Covid passport" for access to certain events or to hospitals and nursing homes.

However, the Health minister said that no change in Covid-19 risk level (currently zero) in the region is contemplated at the moment and that, the adoption of "restrictive measures" is not yet foreseen either. Aguirre described the current coronavirus incidence rate as "not alarming, but worrying".

"Covid passport"

The only measure that the Junta plans to take to the committee of experts on Friday is to propose the presentation of the Covid certificate or passport for access to certain events or to hospitals and nursing homes. But the application of this measure would first have to have the approval of the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucía (TSJA).

Regarding the situations in which the Covid certificate could be requested, Health minister would not go into detail, but pointed out the possibility of it being required in "nightlife" venues, for "indoor cultural" activities, or in " sports" events, as long as the measure has the approval of the top court in Andalucía. He said that it is not a question of requiring the Covid passport for all activities, but that it could be introduced "little by little" depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

Aguirre said that the requirement of the Covid passport for access to certain events would be a "preventive" measure and hoped that it would have the approval of the TSJA, since all target population (twelve years and old) have access to a vaccination if they want one, and anyone who hasn’t been jabbed has chosen not to be.