By Deirdre Tynan • 22 July 2021 • 9:58
The Junta de Andalucia took a step closer to implementing curfews and other restrictions today by publishing the measures in its official bulletin.
The curfews and restrictions would be applied to areas with populations of more 5,000 and a Covid-19 incident rate of more 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants, but the restrictions need to be approved by Andalucia’s top court before they can be implemented.
Top of the list are Marbella with 1,028.9, Conil de la Frontera in Cadiz with 1,102.1, and Villanueva de Cordoba with 1,153.3 per 100,000.
Another 22 municipalities with a Covid rate higher than 1,000 but less than 5,000 inhabitants could still face a perimeter closure.
These municipalities are Ugijar (2,225), Aldeire (1,587), La Calahorra (2,246), Agron (1,154), Jayena (1,236) and Villamena (1,285) in Granada.
In Cordoba, Santaella (1,192), Cañete de las Torres (1,369), Pedro Abad (3,446), Conquista (1,092.9) and Pedroche (3,036).
In Malaga, Alfarnatejo (1,099), Humilladero (1,031), Villanueva de la Concepción (1,156), Benaojan (2,065) and Montejaque (1,475).
In Jaen, the municipalities with a rate higher than 1,000 are Lopera (2,684), Cambil (1,416) and Aldeaquemada (5,042). In Almeria the municipalities at risk are Alicun (2,985), Uleila del Campo (1,216) and Seron (1,279).
The mayor of Marbella, Angeles Munoz, has called on the Junta de Andalucia not to impose a curfew on the upmarket destination even if the region’s top court grants them permission to do so.
Munoz insists that the busy seaside resort does not have an infection rate above 1,000 cases for every 100,000 residents because at the moment there are thousands of visitors to Marbella.
“The number of infections is what it is, but the incidence with respect to the virus population is not real. The number of infections is determined with PCR tests that are being done, but the incidence is not,” she told ABC on July 22.
“If you have a tourist who counts as infected, but then you do not count them as part of the population when calculating the incidence, the data is not real. Either you compute only the positives that we have within the census population of Marbella and leave out all the tourists, or you compute those tourists, but you use the real population that the municipality has to calculate the incidence. It is not true that Marbella has had more than 1,000 infections in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants. We have three times the population, so the rate would be 300.”
Muniz said the “real population” of Marbella can be calculated by looking at the amount of water used and how much garbage the city collects.
“Water has a consumption rate of 187 litres per inhabitant per day. When reviewing the two supplying companies, we get 400,000 inhabitants. The average number of kilos per day of garbage is the same. For the tons that are collected daily in Marbella, it comes back as about 400,000 people. It is not necessary to create a false alarm, because we do not have that contagion rate. I think the Ministry should adopt the measures with real data.
“Taking action with data that is not real is absolutely unfair,” she added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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