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Coronavirus cases in Andalucía's hospitals climb closer to March peak

There were outbreaks among staff this week at Malaga’s main hospital.
There were outbreaks among staff this week at Malaga’s main hospital. / Ñito Salas
  • In Malaga province 31 people have died having tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours and the number hospitalised with the virus has risen by 45 per cent in ten days

The Andalusian health service on Thursday added 5,202 new positive Covid-19 cases to its regional rolling daily total. Thirty-one patients had also died of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, according the regional figures.

The number of people in hospital regionally with Covid-19 grew by 33 in Thursday’s report, to a total of 2,345, of whom 296 were in intensive care.

At the peak of the pandemic in March there were 2,709 hospital patients with Covid-19 (368 fewer than Thursday’s data) and 438 in intensive care.

Within Malaga province only there were 238 in local hospitals on Thursday. This was a 45 per cent increase on 10 days earlier. Thirty-four were in intensive care locally.

On Thursday, the Andalucía region as a whole had an average of 404 reported cases per 100,000 people in the previous 14 days.

There were still wide differences between the region’s eight provinces. Granada province, facing a tough lockdown, had an average of 907 cases in the previous 14 days, followed by neighbouring Jaén province on 629 per 100,000.

Malaga province had reported an average of 207.4 cases per 100,000. The highest rates were in the northern area of the province around Antequera. Cadiz province had the least in the region, on a 204.7 14-day rate.

Numbers steady in Malaga

In terms of new daily cases in Malaga province, there were 339 reported positive tests on Thursday (29 October). The number of local cases was therefore down slightly on Tuesday’s 377 notified positives and up on Wednesday’s 316.

This week two small detected outbreaks of cases among staff at the main Hospital Regional in Malaga caused concern.

The first 12 incidences were in the Intensive Care departments and later four more cases were identified in the Infectious Diseases department.

The hospital has said that all staff have been following the strict protocols at all times and a systematic testing programme in the affected departments has been carried out.