The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has asked citizens to reduce mobility and their social contacts “to the maximum” in the coming weeks, in order to be able to stop the third wave of Covid-19 infections in which it is immersed Spain. For this, he recalled and praised the work of the autonomous communities, which are taking medicine “in accordance with the levels of infection in each region.” If Castilla y León announced them on Thursday, this Friday Andalusia and the Balearic Islands did the same.
Andalusia closes the bars at 6:00 p.m. and advances the curfew
The Junta de Andalucía has decided this Friday a new perimeter closure of the autonomous community after the opening that occurred for family reunions in the past Christmas holidays, while, “For now”, mobility between provinces will be maintained. Likewise, the curfew is set between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., anticipating its start by one hour. The new measures will take place from Sunday to Monday and will be in effect until dawn from 23 to 24.
The meetings will be reduced to a maximum of six people. The store may open until 8:00 p.m., but bars and restaurants may only open until 6:00 p.m. The cafeterias may until 8:00 p.m. but without serving alcohol. Classes in schools will be face-to-face during the compulsory stage. As for the universities, the classes will be online in those centers that are in areas with alert level 4: from Monday they will be Granada, Jaén, Almería and Jerez. For their part, the municipalities of Campo de Gibraltar and Añora are at alert level 4, grade 2 and restriction of all commercial, hotel and leisure activities.
Mallorca closes large stores, bars and gyms
Mallorca will close large stores, bars, restaurants and gyms for two weeks starting next Tuesday. This will be approved on Monday by the Executive chaired by the socialist Francina Armengol, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases on the largest island of the Archipelago. «The current figures are very high», Has recognized Costa, who has appeared at a press conference together with the Minister of Health, the socialist Patricia Gómez, reports Josep María Aguiló.
The Balearic Islands has also registered this Friday the record of infections in a single day since the start of the pandemic, with 707 new cases and with a positivity of 12.95 percent. Gómez has warned that the Archipelago is in “a situation of extreme epidemiological gravity.”
As for Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, they are currently in health alert level three – high risk. In the specific case of Ibiza, since yesterday the curfew is in force throughout the island at 10pm. In addition, meetings of more than six people are not allowed and the interior of the bars and restaurants must remain closed.
Madrid increases its basic areas with limitations
More basic health zones are incorporated into the restrictions in the Community of Madrid. The epidemiological situation so advises: Madrid today has 452 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, and 2,170 patients hospitalized in the ward and 390 in the ICU, figures that awaken the “alert” of the health authorities, has recognized the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero. For this reason, from Monday new basic health zones will be incorporated: 23 zones and 9 towns that will join the 18 areas and 5 towns that already had perimeter closures. 1.2 million Madrilenians live there, and 25 percent of the cases of coronavirus infections are concentrated, reports Sara Medialdea.
Castilla y León closes indefinitely
Ávila, Segovia and Palencia will once again see their shopping centers, gyms, betting shops and hospitality, which in this case, unlike November, will maintain the terrace service, starting this Sunday the 10th, as announced this Thursday by the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco.
In addition to the additional measures in Ávila, Segovia and Palencia, in general terms it has been decided to extend indefinitely during the state of alarm the perimeter closure, the curfew from ten o’clock in the evening and the maximum of six people in public meetings and private.
Catalonia closes its municipalities
The Generalitat was one of the first autonomous communities to adopt measures after the Christmas holidays. Thus, it decreed the perimeter confinement of all its municipalities seven days a week and the closure of shops of more than 400 square meters and will last for ten days.
Since January 7, stores of more than 400 square meters and shopping centers cannot open. Those with a lower surface can do it, with limited capacity, from Monday to Friday but not on weekends: Saturdays and Sundays everyone must close with the exception of those who sell essential products. The new restrictions will also affect sports and education. Sports facilities cannot be opened in enclosed spaces –with the exception of swimming pools– but open-air venues can. It therefore affects gyms. In addition, extracurricular activities are suspended – with the exception of those carried out in the same center – and the restrictions in force in cinemas and theaters are maintained.
Valencia does not rule out more restrictions
“The scenario of partial confinement cannot be ruled out.” The vice president and spokesperson of the Valencian Government, Mónica Oltra, has left the door open this Friday to a tightening of the measures against Covid-19. In fact, Compromís and Podemos, government partners of the PSPV-PSOE in the Generalitat Valenciana, have increased their pressure in the last hours towards Ximo Puig to request the Ministry of Health to allow him to decree the total confinement of the population in the face of lack of control of the coronavirus pandemic in the region. As of today, the community has 29 municipalities confined and the hotel business closes at 5:00 p.m..
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism