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Regional Health minister admits that Andalucía is facing 'a second wave' of Covid-19

Jesús Aguirre.
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  • Data also shows that the Junta has been carrying out PCR diagnostic tests at well below the national average

The regional Health ministry admitted this week that Andalucía, which is still seeing fewer cases than other parts of Spain, was immersed in a second wave of Covid-19.

Jesus Aguirre, regional Health minister, said on Tuesday that this wave has “very different epidemiological and public health connotations”, compared to the first wave, in terms of the average age of those affected and the lesser pressure on hospitals.

Thursday’s data showed a worsening situation locally. There were 816 new PCRcases on the previous 24 hours in the Andalucía region, the highest since 30 March, although most new cases were asymptomatic.

In Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, there were 238 new cases, down slightly on Wednesday’s 300. There were 110 being treated in hospital for Covid-19 on Thursday in the province, said officials.

It also emerged this week that Andalucía has among the lowest PCR testing rates in Spain. In data up to 20 August, Andalucía had so far tested 57 per 1,000 people, compared to the national average of 124.

Nationally, almost 10,000 new PCRcases were reported on Thursday evening.