Amid warnings from politicians for people not to lower their guard at Christmas, the amount of Covid-19 cases in Spain declined further this week.
In Andalucía, the regional health service announced on Thursday (3 December) that the regional rate was 247 cases per 100,000 in the previous 14 days, down from 383 a week earlier.
The highest case rate was in Jaén province with 333, with Granada province no longer occupying the top position. This week the Junta allowed bars and restaurants and non-essential premises, including the Alhambra, to open again in Granada after three weeks of stricter lockdown.
In Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, the case rate was 177 per 100,000 on Thursday this week, down from 238 a week earlier.
The heaviest case rates continued to be in some municipalities in inland areas to the north and east of the province. The coastal resorts and towns were all generally moving from a high risk to a medium risk level at the end of this week, with none in the red, extreme-risk category.
Cases in hospitals locally were also falling, although death rates continued at a higher rate and were not yet dropping as fast.
National Health minister, Salvador Illa, said on Thursday that Spain was ready to administer vaccines if they were available for the end of the year, although he still felt it was more likely to be in January. EU regulators need to give approval first.
The case rate per 100,000 in 14 days in Spain was 240 on Thursday this week.