The number of new coronavirus infections has exceeded a thousand for the second consecutive day in Malaga province.
A total of 1,287 positives test were recorded following the 1,417 on Wednesday, according to official data from the Junta de Andalucía’s health authority.
The cumulative number of cases now stands at 46,670, detected by active diagnostic tests, which include PCR and rapid antigen tests.
The health authority attributes this significant rise in infections to the new variant of the virus, although it does not give specific data on how many positives are due to this variant of SARS-CoV-2 and how many correspond to the strain that was previously circulating.
The increase in cases has had a direct impact on the number of patients admitted to Malaga hospitals with Covid. Figures show there are now 386 patients with an infection caused by the virus - 34 more than Wednesday. Of those, 39 are receiving intensive care.
Across Malaga province there have been another six deaths with coronavirus. The number of deaths so far this month now stands at 41 and a total of 822 since last March.