Junta calls for curfews in Marbella and Estepona, due to their high numbers of Covid infections

The Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella.
The Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella. / JOSELE
  • The requested coronavirus control measure in the two Costa del Sol holiday hotspots can only be introduced if it is authorised by Andalucía’s Superior Court of Justice - the TSJA

The Junta de Andalucía has, this Wednesday (28 July), called for a curfew, between 2am and 7am in the morning, in the Costa del Sol towns of Marbella and Estepona, since both municipalities exceed the threshold of 1,000 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

In the case of Marbella, its incidence rate is 1,038.4, while Estepona stands at 1,026.7.

Following the regional government’s request, the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucía (TSJA), must decide whether to authorise or deny the application for the night time lockdown in the two Costa del Sol towns.

With a curfew the Junta seeks to prevent young people from holding botellon drinking parties and curbing the number of new infections, which are growing in the population group aged between 15 and 29 years old.

At the moment, Marbella and Estepona are the only large towns (with more than 5,000 inhabitants) in Malaga province exceeding the 1,000 threshold. Although both municipalities have slightly lowered their cumulative incidence rate they are still above 1,000 cases per 100,000 population in the last 14 days, hence the High Impact on Public Health Territorial Committee has requested a curfew. The committee is chaired by the provincial delegate for Health, Carlos Bautista.

Malaga city has narrowly escaped accompanying Marbella and Estepona. It has dropped from 1,000 positives per 100,000 positives in the last 14 days to 949.1 and given it a breathing space.

In addition to taking into account the cumulative incidence rate, the committee also assessed indicators such as the occupancy rate of hospital wards and intensive care units, beds, the percentage of positivity of PCR test and the vaccination coverage.

There are another seven Malaga municipalities that exceed the 1,000 rate, but as they have less than 5,000 inhabitants, an individual analysis of the situation of each town is made. They are: Faraján, whose incidence rate is 7,279.7 cases per 100,000, Villanueva de la Concepción (1,611.9), Benaoján (1,514.1), Alcaucín (1,316.4), Sayalonga (1,211.7), Jubrique ( 1,147.2) and Fuente de Piedra (1,051.8).