Coronavirus case figures keep rising as containment effect fails to kick in for now

Malaga's Regional Hospital (formerly Carlos Haya).
Malaga's Regional Hospital (formerly Carlos Haya). / SALVADOR SALAS
  • Madrid was still a particular focal point of the over 17,000 cases across Spain on Thursday, with questions asked about old people's homes

Three women aged 90, 75 and 82 died on Thursday in Malaga province bringing the total number of recorded local deaths since the outbreak to 13.

In total, 23 deaths had been reported in Andalucía by Thursday evening.

In Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, there were 361 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday (19 March), 28 more than the previous day. From this figure, 93 were in hospital and 255 being monitored at home.

One of the homes in Madrid where residents have died.

One of the homes in Madrid where residents have died. / EFE

In Andalucía, there were 1,008 reported cases on Thursday, out of a regional population of around 8.5 million. In the region there were 307 in hospital, 25 in intensive care and 678 being monitored at home. The regional health service has increased the number of laboratories analysing test samples to 13.

Last Friday, 13 March, a 70-year-old man, who was admitted to the Xanit Internacional in Benalmádena, became the first to die in Andalucía.

National cases continue surge

On Thursday, it was announced that there were over 17,100 cases nationally. This was a 24 per cent increase on Wednesday. Health officials said they are waiting to see the rate of daily increase fall, as the effects of confinement take effect. This has not started yet.

The majority of cases were located in Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque Country. Almost 800 deaths nationally were being reported.

Madrid is a particular focus of the epidemic, registering 6,777 cases and 498 deaths. As in other countries, however, the likely number infected is higher as not everyone can be tested.

There was concern later this week over the rate the virus was spreading in senior citizens' homes in the capital, as all stayed on lockdown. An inquiry has been launched after at least 19 residents of a home died and some 50 have died in homes across the capital region.

In the Basque Country, another region seriously affected, a 52-year-old nurse died of coronavirus on Thursday.