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Contact tracers struggle to keep up with cases after Covid infections spike in Malaga

Sample taking during a mass screening session. File photograph.
Sample taking during a mass screening session. File photograph. / SUR
  • 'We urgently need reinforcements, because we are overwhelmed by the spectacular growth of coronavirus cases after the Christmas festivities'

The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has become the most aggressive and has seen the number of infections reported across Malaga province growing fast than ever.

As the situation worsened after the Christmas holidays, last week there were six days in which more than 1,000 infections were recorded in Malaga.

The task of keeping track of these positives has become almost impossible in the face of the sheer volume of phone calls that contact tracers have to make on a daily basis.

For each person who tests positive in a PCR test or rapid antigen test, an average of six or seven contacts must be followed.

Primary care professionals have told SUR, “It is impossible to carry out good tracking with such a high number to trace.”

“It is impossible to track more than a thousand positives a day. With that amount of work, it is a dream to think that you can talk to all the contacts of those affected and cut the chain of transmission.”

Sources told SUR, “We urgently need reinforcements, because we are overwhelmed by the spectacular growth of coronavirus cases after the Christmas festivities."

Stay home

It’s not only the tracers are overwhelmed, but also the personnel in charge of taking the samples for the tests that diagnose SARS-CoV-2. Similarly, the laboratories where PCRs are carried out are under increased pressure that can cause delays in the delivery of results.

“The situation we are going through is very bad. We have two or three very difficult weeks ahead of us," said experts consulted by SUR.

"The best thing that the population can do is to minimise their contacts and leave their homes as little as possible," advised the public health experts.