There were no Covid-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit at the Costa del Sol hospital this week. The last one (Manolo, aged 66) left the ICU last weekend after 87 days. This hospital in Marbella has been one of the epicentres of the fight against coronavirus in Malaga province, and during the peak of the pandemic it was registering an average of one death a day from the disease.
At that time the number of intensive care facilities at the hospital was doubled by the addition of a new unit which occupied the whole surgical section on the first floor and the area for outpatient surgery.
These new spaces were created for seriously ill Covid patients who needed to be isolated within critical care units, and were equipped with ventilators and monitoring equipment. An operating theatre on the same floor was also adapted for these Covid patients in case they needed urgent surgery or an operation which could not be postponed.
14 patients in ICUs
The good news continued on Thursday when it was announced that in Andalucía only 49 patients were in hospital with an infection caused by SARS-CoV-2, of whom 14 were in intensive care units and 35 in wards.
These figures show that the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has reduced by over 98 per cent compared with 30 March, the date when the number was highest at 2,708.
There were 11 patients with an infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 in hospitals in Malaga province on Thursday, of whom nine were in wards and two are in intensive care, according to the latest update from the Junta de Andalucía's Ministry of Health.
In Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, eight new cases reported by PCR testing were announced on Thursday.