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Retired doctor in isolation in Malaga hospital with coronavirus

The front of the Hospital Clínico.
The front of the Hospital Clínico. / SUR
  • The 73-year-old is the first victim of Covid-19 to be treated in the provincial capital after three confirmed cases in both Marbella and Fuengirola

A 73-year-old man is being kept in isolation at the Hospital Clínico in Malaga after suffering pneumonia as a direct result of the coronavirus.

He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and initial investigations point towards him having contracted the virus from family members who visited him in Malaga from northern Italy.

The man, who is a retired doctor, is the first person to have contracted Covid-19 to be hospitalised in Malaga city.

He is, however, the seventh known case in Malaga province after two cases in Fuengirola were confirmed on Saturday, in addition to the three in Marbella and one in Fuengirola confirmed on Friday.

The three victims in Fuengirola, two men aged 59 and 62 and a 55-year-old woman, recently travelled to Emilia-Romagna (Italy).

After presenting symptoms and testing positive, the patients are being monitored at home.

Banking congress

This is also the case with the three people who contracted the virus in Marbella. SUR has confirmed that the two men who tested positive, aged 42 and 53 respectively, work in the same banking company as the first confirmed patient in Andalucía - a 62-year-old man who was admitted to the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville last Wednesday.

He was discharged on Monday and will continue his recovery at home under surveillance.

Investigations carried out by the regional Health ministry have tracked down the moment of contagion to a party following a banking congress at a flamenco 'tablao' in Marbella at the end of January, attended by a couple from Shanghai.

The bank, which has a branch in Marbella, has been carrying out tests on its employees but no new cases have been detected as yet.

The third case in Marbella is of an 81-year-old woman who is related to one of the two aforementioned men, resident in the town. She, like the two men, is being closely monitored at home despite being advised to remain in hospital.

Thirteen cases across Andalucía

Elsewhere in Andalucía, in Almeria a 28-year-old man is another confirmed case. A resident of Milan, he went to the Hospital Mediterráneo in the city after reporting a fever. Once there, tests for Covid-19 showed positive and he was admitted.

Later on Friday night, another two cases were confirmed: that of a doctor from Seville, 58, who had contact with the first victim; and a 25-year-old nurse from Arjonilla (Jaén) who attended someone with coronavirus in a hospital in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid).

Two more doctors who attended the patient in Seville, 28 and 36, also contracted Covid-19. Their cases were confirmed on Sunday afternoon.

The total number of diagnosed cases in Andalucía currently stands at 13.

The Regional Ministry of Health has a page devoted to information about coronavirus [in Spanish]. Likewise, a 24-hour hotline is available to those with any doubts or questions (955 54 50 60).