The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno (right) and the Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, during a previous meeting of the Advisory Council on High Impact Public Health Alerts. / EP

Junta's committee of Covid experts to meet following the 'slow' and 'steady' rise in the incidence rate

The panel will meet to analyse the situation and decide if any additional coronavirus control measures are required to stop the increase in the region

EUROPA PRESS

The Junta de Andalucia’s Minister of Health has announced that the region’s so-called committee of experts will meet to discuss the “slow” and “steady” increase in the coronavirus incidence rate in the region.

Jesús Aguirre, speaking on Sunday (14 November), announced that the Advisory Council for High Impact Public Health Alerts, is going to meet again "this week or the next” to assess the Covid-19 pandemic situation and decide if any additional measures are required to control it.

Aguirre was answering questions from journalists after taking part in an event in Cordoba to mark World Diabetes Day.

"The rise is slow but steady and we have to assess it to see if it is necessary to take any measures to be able to stop it," said Aguirre.

Also, when asked about the upcoming winter season festivities, he said that people in Andalucía need to be "cautious" and "prudent". "I hope that, because of the large number of people we have vaccinated, the evolution of the disease is not the same as other central European countries, but we have to be prepared for it," he said.

Third doses

Aguirre, referring to the vaccination rate with a third dose in the elderly, said that the Junta "is very happy" because there are already "more than 500,000 people" with the additional dose in the region.

"We have to continue because we have doses to spare," Aguirre pointed out, after adding that the Ministry is also awaiting the report from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) about vaccinating children under eleven years old. "We are ready to vaccinate them," he pointed out.

The Health minister also reminded that he "has already asked" central government to lower the vaccination age for additional ‘booster’ doses to 60 years and that the Junta "will continue" to push to reduce the age range for this third vaccine "until it reaches the entire population in due course."