Whilst we wait for a general decision from the Junta on the 10th concerning the present restrictions in place, eight municipalities have just been confined.
The Consejo de Alertas de Salud Pública de Alto Impacto, which met this morning, took this decision that affects municipalities near Gibraltar after 316 cases of the British Covid variant were detected.
In a communiqué issued by the Junta de Andalucia it announced that the movement would be restricted for: La Línea de la Concepción, Algeciras, Los Barrios, Castellar de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera, San Martín del Tesorillo, San Roque and Tarifa.
Mass testing also began this morning in La Linea de la Concepción, with Algeciras’s turn coming tomorrow.
It was the Minister for Public Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, who made the announcement as soon as the meeting was complete, explaining that these eight municipalities with their boundaries closed will act as a barrier, hopefully, to stop it spreading over into the rest of Andalucía. He also called on the Central Government to control the border with Gibraltar.
However, cases involving the UK variant of the virus are not restricted to the immediate area of Gibraltar as seven cases have been reported in the rest of Andalucia: three in the province of Málaga, two in Granada, one in Sevilla and another one in the Campo de Gibraltar.
As for the colony of Gibraltar, the contagion figure is 2,000 cases per 100,000 cases and over 800 cases detected in the last two weeks, according to the National Health Service (NHS).