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Andalusia, Madrid … several CCAAs could tighten their measures before Christmas due to the rebound in business

Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 11:14 AM

Published on: 12/15/2020 10:58 a.m.

Several autonomous communities could tighten restrictions in the face of Christmas and, above all, given the rebound in coronavirus cases recorded in recent days, which has led to an increase in the accumulated incidence data.

Madrid on Monday has already declared that they will wait this week for the evolution of epidemiological data and that the holidays, like the last bridge, the Constitution and the Immaculate, “greatly modify the follow-up”.

“We can speak of a recovery, but we must assess where these infections occur and, above all, if this has an impact on well-being, which is not,” said the Minister of Health , Ruiz Escudero: “It’s a growth in a very soft and widespread”.

New coronavirus infections reported in the Community of Madrid fell from 806 on Sunday to 635 on Monday, 152 of which correspond to the last 24 hours, while those who died in hospitals also fell from 20 to 8.

On the other hand, the hospitalized patients admitted during the day went from 1,288 to 1,347 and those in intensive care remained at 303, according to the report published daily by the Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid. The cumulative incidence in Madrid stands at 227.23 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days, compared to a national average of 193.65.

De-escalation in Andalusia

Andalusia also values ​​the situation, although for now they say “we will try not to harden” the measures. The president of the board, Juanma Moreno, this Tuesday in an interview with Cope, confessed her concern: “We are constantly reviewing the measures (…) The virus is still among us and we are not done with it. him. A simple bridge with the hotel industry closed at 6:00 p.m., it generated a rebound “.

The community has recorded a total of 718 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, 355 fewer than Sunday, and 13 new deaths, the lowest figure since November 1. In addition, the case incidence rate per 100,000 population has declined over the past 14 days to 144.8.

“If the numbers get worse, we will have no choice but to limit some of the actions that we have planned,” said Moreno, who admitted: “I suffered a lot and didn’t sleep at night. thinking of the measures we have adopted, “assured. This Saturday 12th, some measures have already entered into force and on the 18th, others will enter.

During the first period, from Saturday 12 to Saturday 17 December, he will be authorized to travel to the municipalities of the same province. The shops will open until 9:00 p.m., while the hotel industry will only be able to do so until 6:00 p.m. The curfew will be maintained during these days until 10 p.m.

The second phase will be more flexible with restrictions, allowing mobility between provinces and in terms of schedules. Thus, bars and restaurants can remain open until 10:30 p.m. But from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. they will have to remain closed, thus avoiding, according to the president of the council, Juanma Moreno, “hours very sensitive to contagion, according to the experts”.

Stores will be able to return to their regular hours and the curfew is extended by one more hour from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Specific measures for Christmas

In addition, from December 23 to January 6, entry and exit in Andalusia will be authorized for the family group, and will finally include the “parents”, as agreed by the autonomous communities with Health.

On December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, home meetings can have up to 10 people, while the rest of the days are always limited to a maximum of six. In addition, Council decided that the Christmas Eve and New Year’s curfew would be postponed to 1:30 a.m.

Mallorca is now entering an “extreme risk”

The case of Mallorca is striking because here the incidence has skyrocketed. Thus, this Tuesday enters an “extreme risk situation” in the face of the coronavirus and passes to the highest level of protection, on the 4th, so that during the Christmas dinners on December 24, only a maximum of 6 people from two cores can meet different ways of life (eg a grandmother and a child’s family).

The bars and restaurants will be closed, at least for the next two weeks, at 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and the day before the holidays to avoid the famous “late”. They will not be able to have customers inside for the next two weeks and outside they will be able to occupy 75% of the available space with a maximum of groups of six people.

At 10 p.m., also on Christmas Eve, all citizens of Mallorca must be at home, except those who have to move for professional reasons. The Balearic Islands executive set five risk levels a few weeks ago (0-4) and Mallorca is going max. Therefore, social or family gatherings are limited to six people, indoors or outdoors.

The government will review this situation in two weeks, so that until December 28 these levels of protection are maintained, which could be in effect on New Year’s Eve and the following days. Everything will depend on the levels of contagion of COVID-19.

The measures in the government’s Christmas plan “should be seen as minimal”

Public health expert Rafael Benoga believes that the measures in the government’s Christmas plan “should be considered minimal” and that the autonomous communities should take measures similar to those in other countries.

In fact, Health, as confirmed by laSexta, does not rule out tougher measures before Christmas if the number of infections continues to rise. It depends on this week’s data.

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