Junta advises against non-essential gatherings, as coronavirus case figures soar in Andalucía

Juanma Moreno during a visit to Osuna on Thursday.
Juanma Moreno during a visit to Osuna on Thursday. / EFE
  • The regional president Juanma Moreno has not ruled out new restrictions if the case figures continue to rise during the rest of September

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, said on Thursday that he would consider bringing in further Covid-19 restrictions in the region if the case figures and hospitalisations continue to soar for the rest of September.

He expressed his “concern” over the evolution of the pandemic with the feared second wave coming earlier than expected. He stressed though that the infection rate in Andalucía is half of that of Spain as a whole.

Moreno advised against non-essential gatherings, even those with relatives “whenever possible”. Infection was easier at gatherings where people drop their guard, he said.

The region of Andalucía chalked up 25 new Covid-related fatalities in the figures released on Thursday with a new daily case figure of 1,389 for the region (positive PCR lab tests).

Thursday’s figures showed six new deaths in the province of Malaga in 24 hours, taking the week’s total up to 19, twice as many as the three registered on Wednesday. All those three were residents in the Vitalia care home in the Teatinos district of the city.

In Malaga province 350 new diagnoses were reported on Thursday, 44 more than the 306 of the previous day. This takes the ongoing total in Malaga to 12,125.

On Thursday there were 225 Covid patients in hospitals in the province of Malaga, 33 in intensive care units. In all Andalusian provinces on Thursday 940 Covid patients were in hospital, 120 in intensive care.

While some of this week’s case figures have reached all-time highs, the pressure on the hospitals is lower than it was in March and April when as many as 2,708 people with Covid were in hospital at one time. Nevertheless on Tuesday the Junta activated its emergency plan to have 3,000 beds ready for Covid patients if necessary

Cases in schools

While many secondary school children do not go back until Monday, this week classes at several primary schools in towns including Nerja, Alcaucín and Coin had been sent home to quarantine for two weeks.