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Spain still maintaining "downward trend" despite mid-week spike in Covid-19 cases in Malaga province

Increased testing has taken place in private laboratories across Malaga.
Increased testing has taken place in private laboratories across Malaga. / SUR
  • The number of patients admitted to hospital with coronavirus has fallen 80 per cent in a month across Andalucía

Speaking at the daily press conference on Thursday, Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies, insisted that Spain was "maintaining a downward trend" in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The figures released by the Ministry of Health showed 213 coronavirus-related deaths nationally on Thursday, a slight decrease on the 244 recorded on Wednesday, taking the total number to 26,070.

The number of infections stood at 221,447, a daily rise of 754 (up 0.3 per cent).

In Malaga province, after three days without any coronavirus-related deaths over the weekend, there was fear over a spike in cases in the middle of the week when the province accounted for 42 per cent of new infections reported in Andalucía and 15 per cent those registered in Spain on Wednesday.

By Thursday, however, the numbers were back in line with the rest of the country, with 73 new cases (down 30) and one death (down one).

Private testing

Experts consulted by SUR explain that the spike was not related to a sudden increase in contagion but rather because of a backlog over the long holiday weekend and principally because positive test results from private labs several days ago have now been added to the statistics.

What’s more, the majority of these results were from asymptomatic people who only found out they had had Covid-19 after being made to take the test by their companies upon returning to work.

Hospitals

The downward trend can also be observed in the number of patients with the virus in hospitals across Andalucía.

As of Thursday, Andalusian hospitals had a total of 507 patients admitted for coronavirus, representing a 81.27 per cent decrease on 30 March, when hospitals in the region recorded the peak number of patients with coronavirus admitted (2,708).

Of these 507 patients, 107 are in intensive care units, 76.02 per cent fewer than on 31 March, when there were 438 people in a critical condition.

In Malaga province, just 86 people are in hospital with Covid-19, 13 of whom are in ICUs. Some 1,752 people have now been given the all-clear - 48.15 per cent of those infected.