Disinfection work at a nursing home. File photograph. / EUROPA PRESS

Tighter Covid testing controls in Andalusian nursing homes 'due to the increase in outbreaks'

All workers will be tested for coronavirus infections every two weeks in the case of vaccinated staff and twice a week for those who have not been vaccinated

ISABEL MÉNDEZ

The Junta de Andalucía will increase its monitoring in nursing homes for the appearance of new coronavirus outbreaks.

This was announced this Wednesday, 18 August, by the Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, who has said that control measures will be increased «due to the increase in outbreaks registered in recent weeks that, although they have not had the virulence of previous waves, leads us increase measures to preserve the safety of workers and residents and as a preventive measure.»

After the meeting of the regional government's Covid Committee of Experts, it has been decided that PCR diagnostic tests will be carried out on all workers in nursing homes and social care centres every two weeks in the case of vaccinated staff and twice a week for those who have not received a dose of a vaccine.

In addition, PCR tests will be carried out 72 hours in advance in cases of resident re-entering a nursing home, even if they are vaccinated.