Andalucía to announce new measures on Wednesday based on pandemic figures

Andalucía to announce new measures on Wednesday based on pandemic figures
  • Speaking after a meeting with other regional leaders, the president of the Junta, Juanma Moreno, has said that his decisions would be "agile but not impulsive"

The president of the Junta de Andalucía has said this Monday that new measures to help curb the spread of Covid-19 will be announced later this week.

The regional authority will keep a close eye on figures over the next two days and will make new decisions on Wednesday, said Juanma Moreno after taking part in a meeting that prime minister Pedro Sánchez held with all regional presidents.

The government in Andalucía would be "agile but not impulsive" said Moreno, adding that any decisions would be made based on the advice from the Junta's technical-scientific committee.

"I know that sometimes it's complicated to adapt to changes, but it's necessary to adapt to the situation," he said.

His press conference came just a day after the central government declared a new state of alarm across Spain and established a night curfew from 11pm to 6am for the entire country (except for the Canary Islands) until 9 November.

Unlike the previous state of alarm in March, when the central government took control, this time the application of measures to curb Covid-19 has been left to the regional authorities.

It will be up to Moreno, therefore, to decide when to lift the night curfew after 9 November, or to establish further restrictions such as closing towns and cities or even the borders with other regions.

This time the government wants to make the state of alarm long-term and has said that it will ask MPs to extend the measure until May next year.

The regional authority in Andalucía has described the declaration of a nationwide state of alarm as "timely and necessary" as it gives the Junta de Andalucía the legal framework it needs to impose stricter measures.

Moreno said that he considered the declaration to be an exceptional tool that should only be applied for as long as it is strictly necessary.

Moreno also called for the government's ERTE furloughing scheme to be extended for as long as the state of alarm lasts.