The meetings are again reduced to ten people who do not live together and the sale of alcohol at night is prohibited to stop the bottles
The 70% growth in the incidence in the Region in the last week was not enough for the Covid Committee to impose the curfew again at its meeting yesterday, despite the fact that Public Health technicians put the measure on the table and the Minister of Health, Juan José Pedreño, does not rule out applying it in the near future. However, the “worrying” increase in cases during the last days of July forced the Community to adopt new restrictive measures.
In general, meetings between non-cohabitants are again limited to ten people (right now there was no limit) and the sale of alcohol in shops and gas stations between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. is prohibited, as a formula to stop the bottles. The prohibition of dispensing alcoholic beverages was already in force in most municipalities, although not in all, and what the regional government does is establish a higher standard to prevail throughout the autonomous territory.
Alert level 4 (very high)
There is no municipality in this situation, which would force to suspend the activity inside the hotel industry.
Alert level 3 (high risk)
Abarán, Águilas, Alcantarilla, Los Alcázares, Aledo, Alhama, Archena, Beniel, Blanca, Caravaca, Cartagena, Fortuna, Fuente Álamo, Jumilla, Librilla, Lorquí, Mazarrón, Molina, Mula, Murcia, Pliego, San Javier, San Pedro, Santomera, Torre Pacheco, Las Torres de Cotillas, Totana, Ulea, La Unión, Villanueva del Río Segura and Yecla. The interior capacity of the hotel industry is reduced to 30%. In addition, in celebrations the capacity is limited to 30% with a maximum of 30 people, if it is indoors, and 50%, with a maximum of 60 people, if it is outdoors.
Alert level 2 (medium)
Abanilla, Albudeite, Alguazas, Bullas, Calasparra, Campos del Río, Ceutí, Cieza, Lorca, Moratalla and Puerto Lumbreras. The capacity inside hospitality establishments is 50% (100% on terraces), the same percentage as for celebrations and events, with a maximum of 50 people inside and a hundred in outdoor spaces .
Alert level 1 (very low)
Ricote, Ojós and Cehegín. The interior capacity of the hotel industry is 50%, with 100% outside. In addition, in celebrations it stands at 75%, with a maximum of 100 people, if it is indoors, and 200 attendees, if it is outdoors.
In addition, there are already 31 municipalities that are at alert level 3, which implies a high risk of transmission. This means that the interior of the hotel industry will only be able to use 30% of its capacity and the capacity for celebrations and events is reduced to a third, so that they will be able to take a maximum of 30 people indoors and 60 outdoors. These measures have been applied since last week in thirteen localities, including Cartagena, and now another 18 are added, with Molina and Murcia included.
To the BORM and the TSJ
In short, 81% of the population of the Region will return to restrictions as of tomorrow, when the order of the Ministry of Health is published in the Official Gazette of the Region (BORM). Almost all the coastal municipalities are affected in the middle of summer: Águilas, Cartagena, Mazarrón, San Javier, La Unión, Los Alcázares and San Pedro del Pinatar. The measures must be endorsed by the Superior Court of Justice (TSJ). The Minister of Health, Juan José Pedreño, pointed out, however, that the limitations will not affect the events already scheduled, although their promoters must present a contingency plan.
At alert level 2 are Abanilla, Albudeite, Alguazas, Bullas, Calasparra, Campos del Río, Ceutí, Cieza, Lorca, Moratalla and Puerto Lumbreras. There are only three at low risk: Ricote, Ojós and Cehegín. There are hardly any limitations in these locations. At a very high risk of transmission, for now, there are no municipalities.
Likewise, the closure of the interior of nightlife throughout the Region is maintained for another week and Pedreño announces that inspections by Public Health technicians will be intensified to ensure that the measures in force are complied with.
And it is that nightlife and parties are behind 82% of the infections that occur in the Region, which correspond in 56.3% to the age group between 15 and 29 years, the least immunized of all. The cumulative incidence, despite growing 30% less than in the previous week, shot up again between July 12 and 18, reaching 181.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 7 days and 291.3 , to 14 days. Although daily infections fell for the third consecutive day (239 cases corresponding to Sunday, which are always less tests), the positivity rate stands at 10.58%, the highest figure in recent months.
There are 3,017 active cases, of which the vast majority (2,972) are in home isolation, with follow-up by Primary Care professionals. These are the ones who carry the weight of this fifth wave, waiting to receive the expected reinforcements that Pedreño still does not specify.
Hospitals remain stable, with 45 admitted, 7 of them in ICU. Yesterday no deceased was reported. However, the forecast is that the explosion of positives in the last two weeks will translate into an increase in hospital pressure.
Only 0.07% of vaccinated people have been infected
The vaccine does not completely eliminate the risk of contracting Covid-19, as 461 Murcians who have been infected in this fifth wave can attest despite being vaccinated. However, the latter represents a tiny percentage of the total immunized (0.07%) and none of them have seriously developed the disease, except for a person vaccinated with a single dose who is in the ICU. This, according to the Minister of Health, Juan José Pedreño, was infected before the vaccine could generate antibodies. So the counselor insists on the importance of vaccinating the population, for which this week 59,670 doses of Pfizer and 22,600 of Moderna will be received. The process continues with the group between 20 and 29 years old, those between 30 and 35, as well as in the second dose of those over 60 who received AstraZeneca. In addition, the recapture of those citizens who refused to be vaccinated at the time continues.