Local coronavirus outbreaks shoot up on the western Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol Hospital, Marbella.
The Costa del Sol Hospital, Marbella. / JOSELE
  • Nightclubs and private gatherings are the focus of attention for the health authorities, and club owners have asked to be allowed to shut again

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus continues to rise in the Malaga area. Small, separate local outbreaks in coastal holiday resorts west of the city are a particular focus for the health authorities at the moment.

Nightclubs were still at the centre of attention this week, and increasingly private gatherings of family and friends at home.

Eight new local outbreaks were announced in the latest daily update, published by the regional Health Ministry on Thursday, bringing the total active in Malaga province to 23. 18 of the 23 were in the western Costa del Sol. Some 20 are still considered under investigation, where people who have had contact with positive cases are being traced by health officials.

On the western Costa (which is the area covered by the Costa del Sol Health District) there had been 207 new positive cases in the week of 31 July to 6 August, detected by PCRtests. Of these, 124 were identified in Marbella, 18 in Fuengirola, 14 in Estpeona, 10 in Torremolinos and 7 in Benalmádena. There were 57 new cases in Malaga city in the last week, 12 in the Guadalhorce valley, 5 in the La Vega area around Antequera, 5 in the Ronda area and 4 in Axarquía. Most cases show no symptoms.

In all Malaga province’s hospitals, there were 13 in hospital on Thursday one of whom was in intensive care.

Across the whole Andalucía region, there were 86 local outbreaks being monitored on Thursday, 14 more on the previous day.

Club bosses ask to close

Nightlife bosses in Andalucía have asked the regional government to force them to close. They claim new restrictions on opening times are making them lose money and it is better for them financially to be forced into closing the shutters again.