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San Javier will close parks and disinfect public spaces due to the strong increase in infections in the municipality (26/08/2020)

| The municipality of San Javier accumulates 32 of the 91 active cases of COVID-19 in the Mar Menor Health Area | The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo announced today the closure of all the parks in the municipality to avoid a concentration of people, after the meeting held this morning at the San Javier City Council with the manager of the VIII Mar Menor Health Area, Tomás Fernández who indicated that "San Javier is the municipality of the Mar Menor area with the most complicated trend currently with 32 of the 91 active cases of COVID-19 in the region." The closure of parks will be accompanied by a new campaign to disinfect particularly crowded public spaces, added the mayor, who noted that "the City Council will take whatever measures are necessary to try to reduce infections, always following the recommendations of the health authorities." Tomás Fernández today sent the mayor and the San Javier Government team the updated data this morning that shows a total of 91 active cases of COVID-19 in the Mar Menor Health Area, of which 32 belong to San Javier, 20 to San Pedro del Pinatar, 21 to Torre Pacheco and 14 to Los Alcázares, to which are added 4 from Caravaca.

Of the 91 active cases, there are 7 hospitalized, two of them in the ICU.

The age of those infected has decreased to an average of around 40 years and an increase in asymptomatic cases or with mild symptoms.

Despite the upward trend in infections, the Mar Menor region is among the least risky in the Murcia Region, "although this is a matter of time," said Tomás Fernández who stated that "We are concerned about San Javier because cases are skyrocketing in recent days.

"Tomorrow he meets at the Los Arcos hospital with the mayors of the four municipalities of the Mar Menor Health Area" to coordinate actions and assess the commitment of the population to stop the pandemic.

" "We have to be very clear and forceful," said Tomás Fernández, who recalled that "despite the fact that age has decreased, there are hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths." The head of the Mar Menor Health Area, stated that "administrations and sanitary devices can do a lot but if there is no commitment from the population to get involved to stop this, we are not going to stop it." Fernández appealed to the participation of social agents to transmit and get the message across to the different groups "because we may have a problem equal to if not greater than that of March or April last." Tomás Fernández announced the increase in PCR tests planned in the Mar Menor Health Area, which will focus on the Los Arcos hospital, and which may reach up to 800 daily.He also announced that the hospital center has two floors adapted to COVID-19 patients that will be opened as needed. The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo expressed his concern about the increase in cases that have occurred in the last two weeks in San Javier, mostly related to family and friends gatherings, closed spaces and nightlife, and valued the good behavior of the incidence of infections on the coast despite the increase in population.

José Miguel Luengo influenced the message of social commitment against the pandemic and announced that together with measures such as the closure of parks and disinfection, a communicative work will be carried out in which it is intended to involve all kinds of associations and clubs in the municipality to reach all groups.

Luengo recalled that the City Council has adapted the El Mirador office to the new measures and that work begins on the Santiago de la Ribera office in September.

"The City Council will make the necessary effort, but we must live with this and we will only be able to do so if we truly all act responsibly, "he said.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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