Malaga city and 19 towns and villages in the province will be able to reopen their non-essential activities from tomorrow, Saturday, 13 February after registering a cumulative incidence rate of less than 1,000 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.
This was confirmed by the data published this Friday morning by the Junta de Andalucía after it postponed the decision on Thursday.
In addition to Malaga city the municipalities of Marbella, Vélez-Málaga, Estepona, Coín, Genalguacil, Pizarra, Alameda, Benamocarra, Alfarnate, Cartajima, Casares, El Borge, Faraján, Ojén, Teba, Villanueva de Tapia, Arriate, Canillas de Albaida and Cortes de la Frontera will be allowed to lift the non-essential activity restriction which will allow bars, restaurants and business to reopen – subject to them not exceeding the 1,000 cases threshold again.
If the incidence rate is above 500 then municipal border lockdowns will remain in place and people cannot enter or leave the area except for justified reasons.
The health authorities warn that the pressure on hospitals continues to be high, with about 4,000 patients admitted across Andalucía, of which more than 800 are in Malaga province.
The high daily number of deaths is also a concern. The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, predicts “an explosive incidence” of the ‘British’ strain in the coming weeks. The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers this new variant to be up to 70 per cent more contagious, although experts say that the vaccines approved so far by the European Medicines Agency also protect against the new strains detected.