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Mass testing and early closing in Teba, Almáchar and Cuevas de San Marcos

Testing this week in Cuevas de San Marcos.
Testing this week in Cuevas de San Marcos. / ÑITO SALAS
  • The 14-day case notification rate per 100,000 inhabitants for Malaga province was 163.4 on Thursday

New regulations brought in this week by the Junta de Andalucía have affected numerous towns and villages whose Covid-19 infection rate is especially high.

In the province of Malaga, the inland village of Teba, with 71 positive cases among 3,700 inhabitants, the new rules mean that bars and restaurants must be closed by 10pm, and only open to 50 per cent of capacity before then.

Numbers of guests at weddings and funerals have also been cut further to 30 and 15 respectively.

With a 14-day case notification rate per 100,000 inhabitants currently at 1,276, the regional authority is to carry out mass Covid testing as it has done previously inSierra de Yeguas and Villanueva de la Concepción.

Mass screening with rapid antigen tests will also be carried out in the village of Almáchar in the Axarquía where 16 cases have been recorded among a population of no more than 1,800. Some 320 local residents, selected randomly, will be tested this Friday and Saturday.

Also subject to further restrictions similar to those affecting Teba this week is the village of Cuevas de San Marcos. The new measures include the closure of public parks and gardens.

In Cuevas de San Marcos, 330 local people were tested for Covid-19 on Tuesday this week. The increase in the number of positive cases in the village amounted to a 14-day rate of 3,500 per 100,000 inhabitants, sparked by an outbreak in a care home where so far 100 cases have been reported.

New cases

The latest figures reported on Thursday for Malaga province showed an increase of 306 new cases in the previous 24 hours. Six new Covid-related deaths were reported, making 88 fatalities so far this month and 463 in Malaga province since the start of the pandemic.

The regional Health authority reported 23 new outbreaks in Malaga province this week accounting for 168 new cases. Half of them are in the Malaga health district, six on the Costa del Sol.

The 14-day case notification rate per 100,000 inhabitants in Malaga province was at 163.4 on Thursday.

There were 203 people with Covid-19 in hospital, 30 of them in intensive care.