Junta de Andalucía minister and spokeman Elías Bendodo has admitted that the regional government "is already preparing for a complex situation from the point of view of hospital occupation".
As of this Monday, he pointed out there are 2,473 patients admitted to Andalusian hospitals, 372 of them in the ICU.
“It is a figure that worries us but which is far from the 3,470 on 7 November and 528 in ICU. In any case Andalucía is prepared for a complex situation developing from the point of view of hospital occupation.”
But he continued, “The red warning light is on. The third wave is the most serious we have had so far.”
Bendodo again called on Madrid to give the regions the tools – including the opportunity to bring forward the curfew and introduce home confinement if needed - to combat the spread of the disease.
Regarding the vaccination campaign, the Junta’s spokesman said that more than 150,000 doses of just over 200,000 received have already been administered, with the roll-out of the second dose starting to those who received their first at the end of December.
“We are going at an adequate pace but we need more vaccines to arrive. The Andalusian Health Service (SAS) is prepared to vaccinate at all times every day but we need more vaccines,” Bendodo concluded.
Todos los lunes y jueves vamos a actualizar la incidencia en los municipios andaluces para aplicar las medidas que sean estrictamente necesarias.— Elías Bendodo (@eliasbendodo) January 18, 2021
En #Andalucía estamos haciendo cirugía de precisión para luchar contra la pandemia y salvar la economía y los empleos. pic.twitter.com/SNV7w8iseW