Malaga and 12 towns and villages in the province to undergo mass Covid-19 screenings

Mass coronavirus screening session. File photograph.
Mass coronavirus screening session. File photograph. / SUR
  • A random sample of the population will be invited by text message for the voluntary Junta de Andalucía tests this week

Malaga city and 12 other municipalities will undergo mass screening sessions in the coming days to detect coronavirus positives in the communities to try to stop the increase in infections during the third wave of the pandemic.

The Junta de Andalucía screenings will be carried out in Árchez, Cútar, Torrox, La Viñuela, Cártama, Casares, Estepona, Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Malaga city, Totalán, Benarrabá and Montejaque.

This Monday, February 1, sessions are planned in both Benalmádena and Montejaque.

In Benalmádena health workers will preform antigen tests on 1,000 inhabitants of the town. The mobile unit will carry out the tests from 10am to 2.45pm and from 4pm to 6pm, at the Arroyo de la Miel fairground.

This Monday afternoon, from 3pm to 6pm, tests will be carried out in Montejaque, in the old Guardia Civil barracks and 240 people will be summoned by text message. The town council has recommended that all those who are invited to attend turn up "for the good of all".

On Tuesday, 2 February, it will be the turn of Torremolinos, whose mayor, José Ortiz, has encouraged the selected residents to attend the tests, stressing that public collaboration "is essential to make a correct diagnosis of the incidence of the virus in our town".

In Cártama, the screening is scheduled for Wednesday, 3 February. A mobile unit of the Junta de Andalucía will be installed in front of the sports hall from 10am to 2.45pm and from 4pm to 6pm. Around 900 random people will be summoned for these tests by text message.

Torrox, will see the mass antigen tests carried out on Friday, 5 February, and the town hall has reminded the public that the mass screening "is a prevention tool for asymptomatic people and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus".

In the remainder of the towns, the details of their screenings have not yet been confirmed.

Currently, of these 13 locations where the tests will be conducted on a random sample of the population this week, ten of them exceed 500 cases of incidence accumulated in 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants and have municipal border closures in place: Malaga, Árchez, Benalmádena, Casares, Cártama , Montejaque, Torremolinos, Torrox, Totalán and La Viñuela.

Meanwhile, according to data from the Junta, with a rate above 1,000 in the last 14 days are Benarrabá, Cútar and Estepona, where, in addition to the perimeter closure order, all hospitality and non-essential activities are closed.