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Junta's committee of Covid experts meets with expectations of many areas moving to health alert Level 0

The region's incidence rate for the virus has dropped to 57 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The region's incidence rate for the virus has dropped to 57 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. / SUR
  • The Public Health Alerts Advisory Council meets this Tuesday, 28 September, to decide if coronavirus control measures can be relaxed further in the region

The Junta de Andalucía's committee of Covid experts meets again this Tuesday, 28 September, with expectations that it will decide to ease coronavirus control restrictions further and there will be a return to 'normality' to many areas in the region.

Speaking on Monday, the Junta’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, said that he hopes that "a major part of Andalucía will move towards Level 0" after today's meeting of the Public Health Alerts Advisory Council.

In recent days the drop in positive cases of Covid-19 in the region has seen the cumulative incidence rate drop to 57 per 100,000 inhabitants, in the last 14 days.

Speaking to journalists in Cordoba, Aguirre said that "the rate continues to decline", but "what is more important is that the cumulative incidence seven day rate is 23", so that "the outlook is that it will continue dropping.”

Hospital pressure down

In addition, he pointed out that "hospital pressure is easing", and forecast that "in the intensive care units, possibly in a few days, it will drop below a hundred" patients hospitalised.

But he warned, “we are still in the midst of a pandemic", and "as we have seen before things can change quickly and measures had to be taken."

Aguirre has said that "all the areas and health districts of Andalucía are at health alert Level 1 and there is possibly there will be areas and districts that can move to Level 0, which is absolute normality", but "taking into account that there is a pandemic, it will mean that even if health districts return to normal, they will still have to comply with hygiene, health, face mask and social distancing requirements.

He reminded, "There are other decisions about coronavirus measures that are not within the control of the Junta’s Ministry of Health, such as schools, football league stadiums etc. which are made by inter-territorial councils", involving Spain’s national Ministry of Health and the regions.

Sixth wave

overcome the fifth wave of the pandemic," declared the Junta’s spokesman, Elías Bendodo, in the middle of last week. But he clarified, that this "does not mean that there will not be a sixth."

The regional government’s objective continues to be to lower the accumulated incidence rate for Covid-19 to the level of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a figure that Bendodo reminded is the one that the World Health Organization (WHO) uses to speak of a "progressive return to normality."

Extreme risk

At the moment, Andalucía has only 24 municipalities in a situation of "extreme risk" for exceeding the 250 incidence rate, while at the other end of the scale there are up to 415 Andalusian municipalities that have been free of Covid in the last two weeks.