Andalucia to Hand Out Free Face Masks to Pensioners and Elders

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The Government of Andalucia will hand out free face masks to elders in order to help reduce the risk of them contracting the coronavirus. Those over the age of 80 can go to pharmacies across the autonomous community and request them for free.

Those over the age of 65 who are pensioners or suffer from some previous pathology that may be aggravated by COVID-19, can also benefit from this new policy. However, the distribution of free masks in pharmacies will begin with those over the age of 80 in order to avoid crowds.

This week they hope to distribute 2.5 million packs, each with three masks, so a total of 7 million masks. The vice president of the Junta Juan Marin added that the distribution will be done “gradually”. Therefore, the first masks distributed will begin with those over the age of 80. The rest of the age groups will be informed about the subsequent order from the Ministry of Health so that there are no crowds in the community pharmacies.

For his part, the Junta’s advisor and governmental spokesman, Elias Bendodo, has insisted on letting the population know about the need to use the mask. He argues that we must get used to it, the masks must become one more part of our daily clothing, because it saves lives, our health system and our economy since neither Andalucia nor Spain nor Europe “can resist a new quarantine”.

The Ministry of Health and Families’ plan to control the pandemic since the state of alarm is to contract 8,200 nurses who will work to trace possible cases, whilst there are also 450 epidemiologists.

Outbreaks are the new worrying focus of the pandemic that Spain must deal with. The Junta de Andalucia is seriously considering adopting stricter measures within the nightlife industry, which is currently under threat.

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Laura Taylor is a graduate from the University of Leeds. At university, she obtained a Bachelors in Communication and Media, as well as a Masters in International Relations.
She is half British and half Spanish and resides in Malaga. Her focus when writing news typically encompasses national Spanish news and local news from the Costa del Sol.

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