Sixty-seven confirmed cases in Malaga province as coronavirus is declared a pandemic

The front of the Hospital Virgen de la Victoria in Malaga city.
The front of the Hospital Virgen de la Victoria in Malaga city. / SUR
  • Eight new cases were confirmed on Wednesday as the regional total reached 96

Eight new cases on Wednesday took the total number of cases of coronavirus in Malaga province and the Costa del Sol up to 67, according to the update provided by the Andalusian Health Department.

In Andalucía as a whole the number of patients affected by Covid-19 has gone up to 96.

The most recent cases in Malaga province include five men, aged 45, 49, 51 and two of 61. All of them reported previous contact with a patient who had tested positive for the virus.

Also in the province, an 81-year-old woman and two men, 26 and 74, have tested positive. However, in these cases, they had neither travelled to affected areas nor had contact with confirmed cases so an investigation into the origin of contagion has been launched.

All three have been diagnosed with pneumonia and have been admitted to the Hospital Virgen de la Victoria.

This news comes on the day the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a "pandemic".

"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, on Wednesday.

"Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do."