Malaga and Granada provinces move to Phase Two of lockdown easing

Museums opened in Phase One.
Museums opened in Phase One. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ
  • Restrictions will be relaxed further on Monday as cases of Covid-19 continue to fall

The provinces of Malaga and Granada will move into Phase Two of Spain's lockdown easing plan on Monday 1 June. The announcement was made by the Health Minister, Salvador Illa on Thursday evening, a day earlier than expected.

The regional authorities had previously said that the provinces, which include the Costa del Sol and the Costa Tropical, now more than meet national government criteria to change phase.

Regional Health minister, Jesús Aguirre said, “Neither Malaga nor Granada should stay one more day in Phase One.”

Last weekend there was disappointment as both provinces once again failed to keep up with the rest of Andalucía as it moved to Phase Two.

Less coronavirus locally

The number of new SARS-CoV-2 cases in the province of Malaga continues to show a significant decline.

On Thursday afternoon, data released by the regional Health ministry showed four new cases in the previous 24 hours in the province. There were two new cases on Wednesday and two on Tuesday, proven with the more reliable PCRtests.

Nationally the government said on Thursday there were 182 new cases in the previous day, of which well over half were in Madrid and Catalonia. This was the lowest figure since 5 March, before lockdown.

In Spain, 47 per cent of the population started Phase Two last Monday, and 53 per cent were in Phase One still. The Valencia region (including the Costa Blanca) and Murcia were told on Thursday that it could move to Phase Two on Monday as well as Malaga and Granada provinces.

For those areas already in Phase Two, the earliest they are expected to move to Phase Three is on 8 June, providing the data on new cases remains favourable.

Four islands, Formentera in the Balearics, and La Gomera, La Graciosa and El Hierro in the Canaries move into Phase Three on Monday.