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Malaga province accounts for 15 per cent of new Covid-19 cases in Spain

Malaga province accounts for 15 per cent of new Covid-19 cases in Spain
/ EFE
  • New cases of coronavirus infection rose sharply in the province as cases dropped in Spain overall, the Health ministry confirmed on Wednesday

With 103 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, Malaga province accounts for 42 per cent of new infections reported in Andalucía (245) by the Ministry of Health and Families and 15 per cent of the 685 registered in Spain.

These new positives are a sharp increase on those reported on Tuesday (up 90) and represent a break in the trend of stabilisation and decline in recent days (16 on Sunday, 20 on Monday and 10 yesterday).

There are two possible explanations for this. The first is that a greater number of tests have been done to diagnose SARS-CoV-2 in the province of Malaga, both PCR, which is the most reliable method of detecting the virus, and rapid serological tests (pricking a finger to draw a blood sample). The second is that some of those 103 cases correspond to previous days, however that is also the case for the rest of the Andalusian provinces which have shown a lower increase.

As far as coronavirus-related deaths are concerned, two more have been confirmed in the province of Malaga, bringing the total figure to 263. This follows three days in which no deaths from coronavirus were reported.

Seventy more patients have been given the all clear (up 69 on Tuesday), taking the provincial total to 1,707.

In Andalucía as a whole, 245 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the last few hours (total 14,639). There have also been 14 more deaths (total 1,281). Another 449 have been given the all-clear (total 7,679).

The national death toll also experienced a rise with 244 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday, 59 more than on Tuesday, but the number of daily cases fell significantly - from 867 to 685.

Some 220,235 people have contracted coronavirus since the start of the pandemic in Spain, of which 25,857 have now died.