Health Delegate in Almeria: “Either we take it seriously or we won’t control it”.

Juan de la Cruz Belmonte does not hide his concern about the data on the pandemic.

The Health Delegate does not hide his concern about the health situation in the north of the province. When asked if it will be necessary to take restrictive measures again in view of the upward trend in the number of positives in recent weeks in the Northern Health Area, de la Cruz Belmonte assures us that “above all else, the health of the people of Almeria is at stake, and if the figures force us to take decisions, we will take them. Either we take it seriously or we are not going to control it”.

Three weeks ago our health district had an incidence rate of just 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It was the best positioned area in the whole province and among the areas in Andalusia with the lowest incidence of the disease. In less than a month, the figures have shot up and the north of the province has an incidence of 171.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. At the head of the province, taking into account that the Almeria District has a rate of 162.7 and in the Poniente 103.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

“The Andalusian health system can do no more; there are mass vaccination points throughout the province; we have the vaccine which is the solution and the mask which is prevention. To those people who have not been vaccinated, I would like to tell them that what they think is not real, the data is there. Fortunately the number of positives, for the moment, is not translating into hospitalisations as happened last year at Christmas, but we are on the same path,” warns the health official.

“I don’t want to remember what we went through in January, February and March last year,” insists de la Cruz Belmonte in statements to Reporters News.

Regarding the situation in Albox, which currently has an incidence rate of 529.7 with 71 cases in the last 14 days and 64 in the last week, the Health Delegate agrees with the Mayor of Albox, Francisco Torrecillas, and acknowledges that he has already suspended his own business lunch. “I totally agree with what Francisco Torrecillas says. We shouldn’t punish this company meal, why don’t we divide the company meal. We shouldn’t have more than ten people, or we should have ten people one day and ten the next, and thus avoid overcrowding. The problem is that we all go out for drinks afterwards, and not to a bar, to our homes”.


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