Andalusia applies from this Monday, the new measures following the update of the Surveillance and Control Strategy against Covid-19 approved last week by the Public Health Commission.
The changes in the Strategy are based on the high levels of immunity reached in the population, which has determined a change in the epidemiology of Covid-19 that supports the transition to a different strategy that monitors and directs actions to people and areas of greater vulnerability and monitors cases of severe Covid-19, and in vulnerable areas and people.
In this regard, diagnostic testing will be done for people with vulnerability factors (over 60 years, immunocompromised and pregnant women), in vulnerable settings (health and social-health) and severe cases. National surveillance will focus on these groups, although in Andalusia, in addition, screening will continue to be carried out in hospitals for people who are going to undergo any type of intervention or are admitted for emergency treatment, regardless of the cause of their admission.
In relation to the control of Covid-19 in the general population, and following the Strategy, mild and asymptomatic confirmed cases will not be isolated and close contacts will not be quarantined. In this regard, recommendations will be issued regarding preventive measures such as the use of masks in all settings and avoiding contact with vulnerable people.
Specific isolation and control measures may be implemented in vulnerable areas, such as health care or socio-health care centres.
On the occasion of the adaptation to the new update of the Covid-19 Surveillance and Control Strategy approved by the Public Health Commission, Andalusia will issue the Communiqué with the updated coronavirus data on Tuesdays and Fridays.
On the other hand, the Regional Minister for Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, has asked the Ministry of Health to “consider the approval by the Vaccines Committee and the Public Health Commission of the inoculation of the fourth dose in residential centres for the elderly in view of the special vulnerability of these people and the sustained increase in the accumulated incidence in the older age groups”.
This strategy will remain in place as long as there is no significant change in the trend indicating uncontrolled circulation of SARS-CoV-2 or a change in the epidemiological situation requiring the re-establishment of new surveillance and control measures.