Andalucía's 'Plan 7,000' to provide more patient beds and alleviate the pressure of coronavirus on the region's hospitals will become a reality on Tuesday.
The regional government will accelerate the activation of the plan and give its approval in the face of the increase in infections, according to the Junta’s spokesman, Elías Bendodo.
Bendodo expressed his deep concern at the "explosive" increase in infections with an "absolutely vertical curve" that has led Andalucía to register "the worst figures of the entire pandemic", surpassing 7,000 infections this Sunday with 25 deaths and reaching a record number of hospitalisations, with 3,613 admissions, of which 517 are in intensive care.
He warned that "the hospital pressure will increase", hence the imminent activation of the new hospital plan in the face of the "foreseeable increase in people being hospitalised in the coming weeks."
Bendodo renewed the regional government's demand to the central government to bring the curfew forward two hours to 8pm and said that "only by reducing and stopping mobility will it be possible to lower the aggressiveness of this third wave".
Meanwhile, the vice president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Marín, has again called on Madrid to allow regions to introduce stay-at-home lockdown measures in the face of the "devastating" third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He reiterated his request to the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, on social networks to "reconsider" his decision and allow lockdown as a measure to stop infections and hospital admissions.
Marín said he was concerned about the "strength" of this wave and warned that "this week we will run out of containment tools in many towns."