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Covid passports extended in Andalusia until January 31

Following the approval of the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA), on Thursday January 13, the use of Covid passports in Andalusia was extended until January 31.

This means that people who wish to access both reception establishments and nightlife establishments, as well as visits to hospitals and residences for the elderly, must present the Covid certificate, a certificate of recovery of ” at least 11 days, negative PCR within 72 hours. , or a negative antigen test within 48 hours, the latter two being carried out by an approved center.

A press release from the TJSA said: “The sanitary measures have been ratified by means of separate ordinances issued by the Litigation Chamber and respond to requests made by the Junta de Andalucia to deal with the situation of considerable increase in the coronavirus pandemic as a result of the new Omicron variant ”.

In its double request for a temporary extension, the Council argued that “at present, although vaccination coverage is high, we are in a situation of very significant increase in cases of the sixth wave of the disease” .

Continuing, “It started with a slow and steady increase in cases in week 41 (October 11-17, 2021) and has accelerated exponentially over the past three weeks. The result of this situation is that at the level of the health district, all are at a very high level of risk, and there is an increase in the number of cases diagnosed ”.

The Chamber explained that, “At the time when the extension of the measure is requested, which we then authorize with effect until January 15, considering that it is necessary, appropriate and proportionate, the epidemiological situation described in the report which accompanying the request justifies the extension of the measure, given the exponential increase in incidence, and the transmission and contagion capacity that the dominant variant of Omicron has revealed ”.

Regarding the need to present the vaccination certificate or diagnostic test to access places of entertainment, the Chamber considered that the extension, “is adequate to prevent the transmission of the disease; necessary because it is less aggressive than others and does not significantly affect the possibility of access to these establishments and, of course, to the activity they carry out; and proportionate, as it serves to preserve health and reduce the life-threatening risks of the pandemic, while having a slight impact on equality and privacy rights ”.

However, the Chamber admitted the “violation of fundamental rights” resulting from these measures. But, she insisted on the fact that this violation is “rare” since it aims to protect another fundamental right “preeminent”, which is none other than the right to life. In addition, adds the ordinance, with the measure approved “an attempt is being made to avoid, precisely, a scenario of new and more severe restrictions on fundamental rights, as happened months ago”.

The Chamber stressed that the measure only concerns people over 12 years old, “visitors and accompanying persons of hospitalized patients”. However, they will not be required for the workers of the centers themselves, or for people who wish to access as patients, or the companions of patients who attend hospital consultations, or emergency services, as reported.


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Gérard Truchon

An experienced journalist in internal and global political affairs, she tackles political issues from all sides

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