More than 27,000 education professionals in Malaga, including teachers, administration staff, sign interpreters and monitors have been called to take voluntary Covid-19 rapid tests that will be carried out this Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
In Malaga city they have been summoned to the Teatinos campus where two mobile 'Covid response' teams from the Junta de Andalucía have set up.
The mass screening is being done with rapid antigen tests and the regional government says it is one of the measures being adopted to "guarantee the safety of the educational system" before the return to the classrooms after the Christmas holidays.
The Junta claims that, as of 21 December, 98.9 per cent of Andalusian educational centres were free of the coronavirus.
Screening for the virus was also carried out in September, for the beginning of term. Of the 88,911 tests carried out on teachers and workers in Andalusian schools, only 135 were positive, an incidence level of just 0.1 per cent.