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Eight out of ten Covid-19 positives in Malaga province in recent weeks are under 45

Eight out of ten Covid-19 positives in Malaga province in recent weeks are under 45
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  • The younger age of those infected by the virus in this new phase of the pandemic explains the lower number of serious cases of the illness

In Malaga province on Sunday 80 new cases of positive PCR Covid-19 tests were recorded and one new cluster with four cases was detected in the Antequera health district.

This takes the figure up to 29 active local outbreaks in the province, 24 of them on the western Costa del Sol, with 181 cases diagnosed.

Currently there are 15 Covid-19 patients in hospitals around the Malaga health districts, one of them in intensive care.

This lower rate of serious cases of the disease can be explained by the younger average age of the patients diagnosed in recent weeks, compared with the first phase of the pandemic in the spring.

Age groups

According to figures published by the regional health authorities (up to Friday 7 August), of 539 people who returned positive PCR lab tests in the previous 14 days, the largest age group was 30 to 44 (202 cases, 37.5% of the total).

The next group in size was formed by 15 to 29-year-olds (198 cases, 36% of the total) and 25 children up to 14 were also diagnosed. This shows that nearly 80% of the new cases of contagion are under the age of 45.

In the over-65 age group, 26 people tested positive in the two weeks up to Friday.

If instead of studying the last two weeks we look at the figures since the start of the pandemic, the average patient profile is very different. The under-45s make up less than 40% of the total number of people infected, and 25% were over 65. In the case of fatalities, 86% were over retirement age.

Andalucía

According to Sunday's figures, 106 patients with Covid-19 are in hospital around all eight Andalusian provinces, of whom 17 are in intensive care units.

There were 108 active clusters of cases in the region on Sunday.