The Junta de Andalucia reacted angrily last night to the Spanish government’s decision not to allow the provinces of Malaga and Granada to deescalate to Phase 1 on Monday.

President of the Junta de Andalucia, Juanma Moreno, pulled no punches on Saturday evening, calling the decision of Health Minister Salvador Illa, “blatant discriminatory treatment”.

“The map of Andalusia should be painted in the colour of Phase 1” he said “It is difficult to understand that de-escalation by districts is allowed in other autonomous communities and not in Andalusia” . Moreno made it clear that he will ask for this decision to be reviewed “so that the same criteria applies to Andalusia as to the others.”

Moreno’s sentiments were echoed by Patricia Navarro, the Malaga delegate. She expressed her “discomfort and outrage” and added that the Government’s decision “is an exercise in enormous discrimination” that would have an decisive impact on the economy and on employment. “Malaga people do not deserve this,” said Patricia Navarro.