NEW restrictions will be adopted in Andalucia if COVID-19 figures continue to worsen, leaders have warned.

Junta president Juanma Moreno confirmed the plans during a hospital visit in Osuna, near Sevilla, yesterday.

The Partido Popular leader told journalists he was ‘concerned’ by the evolution of the virus in the region and said the Junta is already considering ‘new measures’ if they continue to rise.

Health experts and the government will be monitoring how the situation evolves in the southernmost region over the last two weeks of September.

His comments came before Friday saw a new post-lockdown record in terms of case numbers, clocking more than 1,600 in a single day.

“We are going to see how the second fortnight evolves and we are going to make decisions based on that,” Moreno said.

He added that any restrictions will be ‘surgical and well thought out’ so to as cause the least damage or disruption possible.

Residents were also advised to avoid meeting up with others, including family, ‘whenever possible.’

The region is preparing for an increase in hospital pressure by reserving 3,000 beds for potential COVID-19 patients.

As of yesterday there were 940 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Andalucia.

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