‘This week is key’
Those were the words of Junta de Andalucía president Juanma Moreno (pictured) today in a Press briefing ahead of Wednesday’s meeting to decide what measures to impose.
The Junta will meet to draw up a resolution to stop the advance of the virus in the community. Moreno said that the resolution would take into account three specific criteria: following the recommendations of the expert committee, the aim of preventing an increase in victims of Covid-19 and maintaining the economic balance so as not to damage the Andalusian economy.
The nationwide curfew announced by central government on Sunday is set to last until at least November 9. The government also said it would seek parliament’s approval for the state of emergency to last six months and give each region the right to take its own measures to tackle the pandemic, including limiting people’s movements.
The curfew applies to all of Spain except the Canary Islands between 11 pm and 6 am – with regions having the authority to start the curfew an hour earlier or delay it to midnight. People are not allowed to move around at those hours unless for specific reasons, including work or needing to go to the pharmacy.
In the past 24 hours the Junta de Andalucía recorded 2,649 new cases, with 128 hospitalisations (6 in intensive care) and 13 fatalities. Malaga province recorded 237 new cases.