Spain to reevaluate Malaga & Granada’s readiness for Phase 1 of de-escalation TODAY after huge backlash from Andalucian & Costa del Sol tourism bodies

Health Minister Salvador Illa has reassured the nation that the Government has no intention of bringing back the State of Alarm. CREDIT: Ministry of Health

Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa has confirmed that he will study Malaga and Granada’s Covid-19 statistics tomorrow (Friday) to assess whether both provinces can move to Phase 1 de-escalation after a huge backlash from Andalucian and Costa del Sol tourism bodies.

ILLA said he will closely examine what progress has been made in both provinces, particularly the health districts that were the most affected by the disease. However, Andalucia does not agree with some of the Health Ministry’s criteria for de-escalation, such as the results of the rapid tests, because more often than not, the results are incorrect, according to many health authorities.

Nevertheless both provinces are hoping they can move to Phase 1 as soon as possible as statistics on the whole in terms of new infections, and number of patients being hospitalised are on the decline. If the results demonstrate sufficient progress, it’s expected that Illa will allow the whole of both provinces to progress to the next stage of de-escalation, most probably on Monday May 18.

Although Malaga and Granada feel they have been left behind, compared to the other provinces in the region, the actual situation this week has revealed that businesses are opening gradually, with just a third of the hospitality sector to have opened in Sevilla to date. Andalucia’s government has signalled that is confident that Malaga and Granada will get the go-ahead to move to Phase 1 on Monday May 18.

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