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Waiting to see what tomorrow brings for Spain this Christmas

This writer has spent the past few hours trawling the internet on this afternoon of the 9th December 2020 in search of any news as to what happens next.

As we currently stand traveling restriction across Spain together with the 10.00pm curfew and the requirement for non-essential shops to close by 6.00pm are due to expire as from midnight on the 10th December.

It looks like we are just going to have to wait and see what tomorrow brings!

There is certainly some good news to report this Wednesday afternoon as today Andalucía has counted just 366 new covid-19 cases, the lowest daily figure since early August 2020.

The current daily infection rate has not been this low since 12th August when 306 cases were detected, the junta has reported.

Today’s numbers show a significant drop in cumulative incidence rate in Andalucía. Today’s numbers are 68 fewer than yesterdays and 986 fewer than seven days ago, putting the cumulative rate today at 169.9 cases per 100,000 people.

This is significantly lower than the Ministry of Health’s benchmark for “very high risk” of contagion of 250 cases per 100,000 people.

In Andalucía hospitals, the number of coronavirus patients has reduced by 464 over the past seven days.

The numbers of patients in ICU has reduced by 67 in the past week. So in all things seem to be moving in the right direction and provides some hope that we will see some lifting of current restrictions.

With that said things are changing daily and exactly what will be in place cannot be expressed or understood as etched in stone at this juncture, other than the terms of the current State of Alarm still apply.

On the 4th of December 2020 it was reported that Andalucía will not be allowing the inclusion of the term “close friends” in the guidelines announced by the central Health Ministry only the week before and that movement across regions should be permitted for “family and relatives” only.

This writer has not been able to substantiate this alleged announcement or any announcements from or relating to Andalucía.

There was indeed a meeting on Wednesday 2nd December between the Spanish government’s Health Ministry and all regional health authorities and an agreement was finally reached regarding restrictions for the Christmas and New Year period but there was not unanimous support for the plan.

Most regionals backed it but Madrid voted against, stating that it does not feel bound by it, as did Catalonia.

The central government has made it clear that the measures must be adhered to. Regarding night time curfews for the nights of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the regional authorities can determine the start time of the curfew, but it must be at the latest 1.30am and only for the purpose of returning home, not to go on to other social gatherings.

Will the decline in numbers one week later see any further changes? We can only wait to see what tomorrow brings!

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Stay safe, plan for the worst and hope for the best. “Here for what matters most”.

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