Andalucía has passed a grim milestone this Friday (19 February) recording more 8,000 deaths with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic according to official data from the regional government.
The 69 deaths in the last 24 hours have taken the total to 8,003 according to the Junta’s Institute of Statistics and Cartography.
There have also been 2,293 new positive coronavirus cases identified, the highest daily figure for the week.
In more positive news, the cumulative incidence rate for the virus in Andalucía has dropped to 341.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, which is 31 points fewer than recorded on Thursday (372.2) and 241.5 points down on last week (583.7).
The 69 deaths registered are lower than the 83 on Thursday, the 77 on Wednesday and the 113 on Tuesday, but are higher than the 38 on Monday and 44 on Sunday. But the death toll this Friday is notably lower than the 127 seven days ago, when the worst data of the pandemic was recorded.
Seville is the province with the most deaths with 18, followed by Cadiz with 15, Granada with 14, Malaga with twelve, Huelva with four, Almeria with three, Cordoba with two and Jaén with one.
The 2,293 positive cases represent the highest daily figure so far this week but they are somewhat lower than the 3,097 of last Friday. Seville and Malaga are the provinces that add the most cases, with 523 and 510, respectively. Below 500 infections are Cadiz with 456, Granada with 272, Almeria with 227, Cordoba with 142, Jaén with 114 and Huelva with 49.
The region had registered the fourth consecutive daily decrease in patients hospitalised with Covid-19 to 2,746, which is 197 down on the day before and 1,117 fewer than the same day last week. Of those, 626 are in an intensive care unit, that is two more than Thursday - and 84 fewer than last Friday.