The Junta de Andalucía’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, has spoken about the easing of the general mobility restrictions in the region, which currently prevent people moving from one province to another or leaving and entering Andalucía unless it is for a justified reason.
He pointed out that any easing of mobility restrictions will be done with “great care" and "nothing will even be considered until after Andalucía Day".
"Then we will decide if we can take any decisions about easing measures, giving more freedom to all Andalusians," he added.
These current restrictions were put in place at least until 00.00 hours on Saturday 27 February. But now the regional government has said that the measures will be studied again after the Día de Andalucía (28 February) although this year the holiday is moved to Monday, 1 March.
Speaking to journalists, Aguirre pointed out that the incidence rate for the virus this Thursday is 372.24 "so possibly within 14 days it will be below 250, which is the threshold of great danger".
However, he warned that the ‘British’ variant, which is "much more contagious", will soon be the cause of the majority of cases in the region and "we must not lower our guard".
Aguirre said that the strain, first identified in the UK, currently accounts for 41 per cent of cases in Andalucía, "but seeing the speed of growth it has, it will be the majority within a week or ten days".