Malaga province records its first day without any Covid-19 deaths in two months

Mass vaccination of teachers at the Palacio de Ferias in Malaga. File photograph.
Mass vaccination of teachers at the Palacio de Ferias in Malaga. File photograph. / ÑITO SALAS
  • The pressure on healthcare services in the province continues to drop with 230 patients in hospital and 48 in an intensive care unit

No coronavirus deaths were reported in Malaga province in Sunday's data from the Junta de Andalucía - something that had not happened for two months since 7 January.

In the first month of the year the virus claimed 223 lives and another 395 in February, which is by far the worst death toll of the entire health crisis. With the 49 registered in the first week of March, there have been a total of 1,448 deaths since the first two were reported in the province almost a year ago on 13 March, 2020.

On Sunday the regional government’s Ministry of Health reported 124 new positive cases of the virus, almost half of the 271 from Saturday and below the 162 from last Sunday.

The cumulative incidence rate data from the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA) shows Malaga province has 115.4 positives per one hundred thousand inhabitants compared to the 600 registered in mid-February.

The index in Andalucía is 130.9, with Almeria being the province with the worst results (236.6) while Huelva has 74.6.

By health districts of Malaga province, the highest incidence rate is in the Serranía de Ronda, although the 229.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are a third down on the 309.1 of a week ago and only a fifth of the 1,120 in the middle of last month. On the Costa del Sol the rate is 153.4; while the rest of the health districts are below a hundred: Málaga (96), Valle del Guadalhorce (91.5), La Vega de Antequera (86.2) and Axarquía (64.7).

There are currently 278 patients in hospital with the coronavirus in Malaga province, which is 99 fewer than last Sunday (377) and there are currently 48 patients in an intensive care unit.

The number of cured patients is still much higher than the number of new infections. Including the 494 counted on Sunday, there are 58,813 people from Malaga province who have beaten SARS-CoV-2.

So far, in the province 160,402 doses of the coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the slightly more than two months of the campaign. Of this number, there are 43,879 people who have received the two doses.