New positive cases and hospital admissions stabilise on the Costa in latest Covid data

File image of a Covid ward at Hospital Costa del Sol, Marbella, in July.
File image of a Covid ward at Hospital Costa del Sol, Marbella, in July. / SUR
  • While numbers are still high locally, at 186 cases per 100,000 in the last 14 days, Covid-19 positives on Thursday were 383, down from 574 on Tuesday

Latest official regional data on Thursday reported 383 new positive PCR tests in the previous 24 hours in Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol. This was a drop on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, from 574 and 511 respectively, adding some support to the early theory that the second wave might be slowing down locally. There was one new recorded death in Malaga province, bringing the monthly total to 58, meaning 356 locally since the start of the pandemic in the spring.

In Malaga province there were 206 being treated in hospital in the latest published Thursday data, seven down on the previous day, and the number in intensive care was 31, stable on the previous day.

Taking the previous two weeks into account, Malaga province had seen an average of 186.20 positive PCR cases per 100,000. There were, however, wide variances along the Costa and inland.

The highest incidence in the previous 14 days among larger towns was in Marbella, with 368 cases per 100,000. Inland, Ronda was showing 342 cases per 100,000 and Coín 338.

In the other western resorts, Estepona reported 207 per 100,000 in the previous two weeks, and, on the same measure, Torremolinos stood at 203, Mijas at 186 and Benalmádena at 194.

In the Axarquía, Nerja registered 223 in Thursday’s data, although some Axarquía villages, by their small size, registered extremes of levels in the previous two weeks. While Sayalonga was at 15 cases, meaning a rate of 893 cases per 100,000 in the previous two weeks, nearby Benamargosa was showing zero contagion.

Data analysed by SUR shows that 64,000 people had been placed in self-isolation for possible contagion locally from March up to 31 August in the province.

This week it was revealed that ruling councillors in Alhaurín de la Torre had gone into isolation after the mayor tested positive.