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Covid-19 cases continue to rise as Spain gets ready to go back to school

Teachers queueing for tests.
Teachers queueing for tests. / EFE
  • Local figures followed the national picture on Thursday with a continuing rise; Malaga province saw 410 new positive cases in the day

As the nation's children prepare to return to school in stages in the coming days, the government added another 8,959 to its national running total of coronavirus cases on Thursday, of which almost a third were in Madrid. This was equivalent to about 212 cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days.

The government said that 594,000 PCR tests had been carried out nationally in the last week of August.

With back to school imminent, in Madrid there were arguments as compulsory testing for teachers on Wednesday led to thousands of school staff waiting hours in a queue in the sun to be seen.

On Thursday, the Andalucía region registered its highest number of new positive tests since the pandemic began. There were 1,038 new cases, up 154 on Wednesday.

On Thursday there were 567 in the Andalucía region's hospitals with Covid-19, 45 up on the day, and up 196 on the week. Of these, 78 were in intensive care.

Within Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, on Thursday there were 410 new positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 on Thursday this week, up on 326 the day before.

Within local hospitals in Malaga province, there were 159 coronavirus patients on Thursday, 12 more than Wednesday. Of these 22 were in intensive care, three more than the previous day.