The Region of Murcia will maintain restrictions on mobility and activity in the hospitality sector for at least one more week, given the risk of a fourth wave and the 168 positives reported to date of the British variant of the coronavirus, despite the decrease in 20 percent of the incidence registered in the last seven days.
The Minister of Health, Juan José Pedreño, reported this afternoon at a press conference together with the spokesman for the covid committee, Jaime Pérez, of the agreements adopted by this body, which has set the municipalities of Puerto Lumbreras and Caravaca de La Cruz, as the number of registered cases has tripled, which means the perimeter closure of both municipalities and not allowing activity inside bars and restaurants.
Furthermore, the municipalities of San Pedro del Pinatar, Librilla, Cieza and Ricote are at very high risk; Ceutí, Torre Pacheco, Abarán, Alhama de Murcia, San Javier, Fuente Álamo, Archena, Yecla, Blanca, Totana and Beniel are in a medium-high situation, while the rest of the Region, a total of 27, are at the level of low alert.
“We are facing the second week of March with the clear objective of not lowering our guard because the fourth wave is knocking on the door,” said the counselor before stating that Murcia has one of the lowest rates in Spain, both at two weeks and at to one, with 78.15 and 35.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.
In addition, he pointed out that in the interterritorial council on Wednesday the Region of Murcia will ask for a consensus plan on “how to approach Holy Week, which avoids 17 different models.”
Regarding vaccination, he has reported that this week the administration of doses to teachers will continue, beginning those of infantile and special education, with a census of 10,572 teachers, and that Cartagena and Lorca will join the Murcia headquarters this week, with the forecast of vaccinating about 2,000 people every day.
Likewise, 14,352 doses will be distributed in 57 health centers for large dependents and those over 80 years of age, while large vaccination points will begin to operate in Cieza, Caravaca de la Cruz and Yecla.
To questions from journalists, he said that Murcia has already administered 147.7 60 vaccines, about 51,000 in second doses and around 30,000 to those over 80 years of age, among them large dependents and institutionalized, and has trusted that in the second half of April those over 70 years of age can begin to be inoculated.