The Junta de Andalucia has closed the muncipal borders of eight towns in the Campo de Gibraltar, in response to what it calls ‘la cepa británica’.
La Línea de la Concepción, Algeciras, Los Barrios, Castellar de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera, San Martín del Tesorillo, San Roque and Tarifa have recorded 314 cases per 100,000 inhabittants. The Andalucian average is 140 per 100,000s.
The new measure was announced by the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, at the end of a meeting, where the proliferation of cases associated with the British strain of Covid-19 in Gibraltar was also analysed. Confirmed cases linked to the British strain rose to a total of seven in Andalucia. Of these cases, three are registered in the province of Malaga, two in Granada, one in Seville and another in the Campo de Gibraltar area.
The Ministry of Health and Families is stepping up epidemiological surveillance of those confirmed cases of Covid-19 that had travelled to the United Kingdom or Gibraltar recently, applying genomic sequencing techniques to the isolates of these cases .
The committee of experts has taken into account the information released by the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom, according to which the data of infections in Gibraltar have suffered a progressive rise in the past 14 days, with incidence rates per 100,000 inhabitants that exceed 2,000 cases and more than 800 cases declared in the last two weeks.
Faced with this situation, the Minister of Health and Families has assured that the Junta de Andalucía “considers it necessary to adopt this type of containment measures in the area and as a precautionary principle to avoid an exponential growth in the coming days that could directly affect to healthcare pressure “. Similarly, he has insisted on his claim to the Government of Spain “to act forcefully and establish greater control in transit with Gibraltar”, as he did in the letter sent to the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa last Wednesday .
Finally, Aguirre has launched a message of prudence to the entire population of Campo del Gibraltar “so that the established measures continue to be strictly complied with.”
With these new precautions against the “British Strain”, will the municipalites around Marbella be the next to suffer restrictions?