The Andalusian Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre. / EUROPA PRESS

Junta 'highly recommends' the use of face masks 'throughout the winter, until spring'

Andalucía's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, has stated that this year there will be a 'higher incidence' of respiratory viruses, so that the use of a face covering will be recommended by the regional government

JOSÉ LUIS PIEDRA

The Junta de Andalucía’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, has recommended this Thursday (21 October) the use of face masks until next spring as a means of protection from Covid and also the flu.

Aguirre predicted that "this year there will be a greater incidence of influenza than in the past” and "a higher incidence of respiratory viruses, so the use of the face mask will be highly recommended throughout the winter, until spring".

Magic wand

Despite the downward trend of the coronavirus data, the Health Minister said that “we do not have a magic wand, and that is why until the World Health Organization says that the pandemic is over, we have to be careful."

Speaking at the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital in Seville, Aguirre has again highlighted that the highest incidence of the virus at the moment occurs in the age group from zero to 12 years old, which is the one that is not vaccinated.

Vaccination

He said that, in his opinion, "when we start to vaccinate, I estimate by the end of November, the age group between six and eleven years old, the cumulative incidence rate will go down, because that is where there are more positives."

Aguirre made the comment shortly after the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced that face masks will cease to be mandatory in the playgrounds of the Madrid region’s schools at breaktime as of this Monday.

Covid-free residences

The Health Minister added that the Covid-19 cumulative incidence rate in the Andalucía is 30.62 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with the highest in Almeria, 61, and the lowest in Cadiz, with 14.30.

"99.6 per cent of the region’s 1,107 residences are free of Covid, with ten positives in four centres," reassured Aguirre.