New local Covid-19 outbreak declared on the Costa del Sol with around ten cases, as Huelva trip tracing continues

The number of Covid patients in hospitals in Malaga province fell from eight to six on Friday.
The number of Covid patients in hospitals in Malaga province fell from eight to six on Friday. / SUR
  • Authorities confirmed ten new positive coronavirus tests in Malaga province on Friday, when the number of patients in hospital fell to six

A new local Covid-19 outbreak in the Costa del Sol health district (Marbella) was confirmed by the regional authorities on Friday. The cluster of cases (four according to the health auhtority on Friday, but around ten according to other sources) was at the investigation stage, said the regional health ministry, with contacts beng traced and tested.

Tracing is also still ongoing in the outbreak related to a trip to Huelva made by a group of people from Malaga. On Friday SUR learned that at least 17 cases had been linked to this outbreak, and more were expected to be confirmed, as some direct contacts were showing symtpoms of the illness.

So far some 400 people have been contacted in relation to this outbreak and PCR tests have been carried out on many of them. It is calculated that for every person who went on the trip, between 12 and 15 people are being assessed.

Several families (around 30 people in total) had travelled to the same hotel on the Huelva coastline in their own private vehicles and not all on the same day. They all got together for some meals, however, and the families returned to Malaga last Sunday.

The first positive case was confirmed on Monday evening and the rest of the group self-isolated. The members of the group who have so far tested positive reported mild symptoms (or none in some cases) and none required hospitalisation.

In the other outbreaks still described as active in the province of Malaga there were no new cases of infection reported on Friday. The cluster of cases in the Vega de Antequera has six positives and the firm Ocio Hoteles, located in the Galia office building in Malaga has 31, although both are still under investigation.

Two outbreaks reported this week in the Guadalhorce district are now considered under control with 18 and six cases, respectively.

In Friday's daily report from the health authority, ten new Covid-19 cases were registered in the province of Malaga, taking the total since the crisis began up to 3,145.

Six people with Covid-19 were in hospital in Malaga on Friday, two fewer than the previous day.

In Andalucía as a whole, there were 32 active outbreaks on Friday, eight more than on Thursday.