For much of this week the number of new cases and deaths in Spain linked to coronavirus were showing daily reductions.
Despite the daily increases creeping up again on Wednesday, there was still an optimistic sense that Spain was past the peak rate of increase and the curve was flattening. However, government health chiefs stressed that the country was still in the “tough phase” of the pandemic and urged people not to relax the lockdown.
On Wednesday, data showed that in Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, 2,006 Covid-19 cases had been recorded so far, resulting in 1,130 hospital and 137 intensive care admissions. While the 73 new cases reported on Wednesday broke the downward trend of the previous five days, the discharge of many patients is taking some pressure off hospital capacity. Since the start of the crisis, 140 people have died locally, say official statistics.
By Wednesday, across all the eight provinces of Andalucía, there had been 8,997 reported cases and 605 notified deaths. Madrid and Catalonia were still the worst affected regions with 42,450 and 29,647 cases respectively since the outbreak began.
Across all Spain, the total cases reported was 146,690 by Wednesday, a daily increase of 6,180. This was slightly up on Tuesday’s figure of 5,478 new cases but a long way down on the peak reported daily infection rate of 9,222 on 31 March. Nationally, 48,021 of the reported cases had recovered on Wednesday, data showed.