The municipalities in the Serranía health district are, on Friday (1 October), about to say goodbye to the coronavirus restrictions for capacity and opening hours that have been in place at hospitality establishments, shops and other venues since the start of the pandemic.
However, despite dropping below the 50 Covid positives per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days bar required to move to Level 0, the Junta de Andalucía's Ministry of Health has decided that the Malaga health district will remain at health alert Level 1 for at least another week, and maintain the existing restrictions.
It is believed that the Territorial Committee for High Impact Public Health this Thursday (30 September) recommended both districts should pass to health alert Level 0 but, in the case of Malaga, it was overruled by the regional government’s Ministry of Health in Seville, to allow other indicators such as the occupancy rates of hospital and intensive care unit beds, the vaccination and traceability rates to improve.
The Serranía health district has a rate of 34.5 and Málaga 49.4. The Malaga health district is made up of the city, with a rate of 51.9 positives per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days; Rincón de la Victoria (26.7) and Almogía, Macharaviaya and Moclinejo – all three with a cumulative incidence rate of zero.
The other four health districts in Malaga province have a higher rates of cases with La Vega at 78.1, Costa del Sol (66.5), Axarquía (59) and Guadalhorce (61.4).
Despite the further easing of coronavirus restrictions in municipalities that move to Level 0, the Junta de Andalucía has reminded that the use of face masks indoors and in crowds will continue to be mandatory and that the basic pandemic sanitary measures will have to be respected, such as hand washing and maintaining social distancing between people.
Meanwhile, the regional government’s Ministry of Health today reported 89 new coronavirus infections, one death and 338 people who have overcome the disease in Malaga province.
In Andalucía there have been 351 positives reported, four Covid-19 deaths and 1,792 people recovered.
The month of September closes with 68 people who have lost their lives in Malaga due to an infection caused by SARS-CoV-2, which means 100 fewer deaths than those in August. There were 50 deaths in July, 29 in June and 23 in May.