NEW restrictions to help battle the coronavirus are expected to be announced for Granada tomorrow.

Junta president Juanma Moreno said today that it is ‘very likely’ that tomorrow will see new measures agreed at the Technical and Alerts Committee, which monitors the pandemic at the regional level.

The Partido Popular leader said the new rules will be particularly targeting ‘the university residences and other spheres’ related to students.

Moreno, who was attending Spanish National Day events in Madrid on Monday, said he was concerned by the evolution of the pandemic in Granada and how it appears linked to students.

“Without criminalising anyone, there has been a high incidence of infections since the university students started,” he said.

The committee will put forward its proposals tomorrow but Moreno said they will likely include reducing the capacity limits of the hospitality sector and other lifestyle restrictions.

“We have no choice as a result of the infections and behaviours that we are seeing in some areas of Granada,” he added.

Moreno appealed to the responsibility of university students and young people, asking them to follow prevention measures.

“Avoid mass events, botellones and wear a mask, for yourselves and others, because this is not a joke,” he said.

Moreno went on to describe the recent state of alarm imposed on Madrid by the central government as a ‘policy failure.’

He ruled out that this would be repeated in Andalucia, saying the Junta ‘is doing everything possible so that there is an honest, permanent and constant dialogue with the Government of Spain.’

On the prospect of a state of alarm being forced upon the region he added: “It does not cross my mind since fortunately we are six or seven times below the average than the Community of Madrid, it would also be an attack on our autonomy, our self-government and an attack on common sense.”

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