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Hunt for infections in Malaga goes on as Red Cross cases hit 105

Hunt for infections in Malaga goes on as Red Cross cases hit 105
/ Salvador Salas
  • Local health authorities say the outbreak in the city is still not fully controlled, but a further one in Axarquía has been successfully contained

The coronavirus outbreak inside a Red Cross shelter in Malaga city, detected last week, has caused more infections in the last few days.

On Thursday evening this week the number of positive tests had reached 105, although there were only two new cases since Tuesday, suggesting the outbreak was stabilising.

This continues to be the most worrying cluster of infection in Andalucía, but it is not the only one in Malaga province.

The other outbreak, in the Axarquía village of Casabermeja, is stable with seven cases on Wednesday, according to regional government data.

Here health workers have finished their investigation and testing, following new cluster-control procedures.

The Red Cross cluster was however still under investigation on Wednesday, as more contact tracing and tests were carried out.

Local hospitalised cases

In Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, there were 14 people in hospital with Covid-19 this week but none were in intensive care, the first time this has happened since early March.

According to the regional Health ministry, 16 people tested positive in Malaga province on Wednesday.

In June overall, there was one death in the province's hospitals due to coronavirus. The total amount of positive cases recorded locally since the crisis began with the more reliable PCR testing is now 2,975.

In Andalucía, there were eleven active outbreaks on Wednesday: two in Malaga, six in Granada and one outbreak each in Almeria, Huelva and Cadiz.

Forty-nine people were in hospital in the region, of whom 12 were in intensive care.