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New Covid-19 cases still low but isolated outbreaks detected

Fernando Simón on Thursday.
Fernando Simón on Thursday. / EFE
  • The government says the contagion ratio is well below 1.0 but it is concerned about cases imported by outsiders

Public authorities both locally and nationally continued to show optimism over the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in Spain this week and the number of new cases.

Data released for Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, on Thursday afternoon by the regional ministry of Health showed just one new positive PCR test. There were four new local cases on Wednesday and two on Tuesday.

No further deaths in Malaga province were reported on Thursday, meaning there had been an eleven-day continuous period with no fatalities.

In hospitals in Malaga province, there were 16 patients with Covid-19 on Thursday, of whom three were in intensive care.

Across the Andalucía region, 10 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the previous 24 hours, according to Thursday's data.

At a national level, 156 new daily cases were announced on Thursday afternoon. This was slightly down from 167 on Wednesday but there was more concern expressed by officials and ministers over a number of isolated outbreaks.

Thirty-two deaths had been recorded nationally in the last week, said the Health ministry.

The government stressed that the five small outbreaks were under control. Particularly affected was a seniors' home in the Basque Country. Neighbouring regions said they were abandoning thoughts of opening their borders to the Basque Country for the time being.

At his daily briefing to the media, the government's chief epidemic expert, Fernando Simón, explained that the outbreaks "are clearly identified but we should keep exercising caution".

In a separate appearance before the parliamentary Health committee, Heath minister Salvador Illa stressed that the contagion ratio in Spain was still 0.3-0.4, well below the dangerous 1.0.

However he highlighted the difficulty in stopping cases being imported into the country. In the last month, 96 infected people had entered Spain, he said, despite borders being closed, with 24 imported cases in the last week alone.