Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz demanded explanations from the central government for the “arbitrary and unfair” decision to keep the Costa del Sol and the entire province of Malaga in Phase 0 of the de-escalation
At a Press briefing on Monday, Muñoz stated that as senator she had registered a request for information and a question to the central Executive “to make the criteria that has been followed known ”and who adopts these resolutions. “We cannot understand that decisions are made that are not transparent and that seem more political and sectarian than clinical, when the Costa del Sol more than meets all the epidemiological and health parameters,” she remarked.
Muñoz also criticised the fact that different autonomous communities and provinces wer treated “unequally”. “Why is the Costa del Sol, which contributes so much to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), such unequal treatment?”, she underlined, adding that “the damage that has been done to our tourist image will be very difficult to repair, even if in a few days they rectify and include us in Phase 1 ”.
“When they leave us a step behind it seems that we are worse and I want to say that this is totally false”, the mayor, who reported that in the past two weeks, the Costa del Sol has had less than two confirmations from Covid- 19 by PCR tests for every 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 70 in Vizcaya, 64 in Navarra or 60 in La Rioja, among others.
She also highlighted the “enormous effort” that Marbella Town Hall had made in the prevention and containment of the pandemic – disinfection in public spaces and facilities; of 8,000 rapid tests “to have an epidemiological map of the city”, or the sending out of 75,000 masks. She also underlined the “great work” of the health professionals at the Costa del Sol Hospital and that the rate of infections, cures and the percentage of deaths with respect to the number of infected “is well below the rest of the autonomous communities”.
“Unfortunately, all that effort by the city and the professionals has been diminished by an unfair decision,” to whichs he added that the Costa del Sol “deserves all the support, encouragement and credibility that the Government is denying it.” .