The exterior of Malaga’s Regional Hospital. / SALVADOR SALAS

Malaga's Covid infection rate rises by 7.1 in one day, with 277 new positives and three deaths

The 14-day coronavirus cumulative incidence rate has increased in the six health districts of the province

ÁNGEL ESCALERA

The number of new coronavirus infections has risen again in Malaga province this Thursday, 2 December, after a slight decrease on Wednesday. The 14-day cumulative incidence rate has also risen by 7.1 points compared to the day before and reached 124.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The Junta de Andalucía’s Ministry of Health and Family has also notified 277 new positive cases in Malaga province (131 more than the day before), three deaths from Covid and 105 patients who have overcome the disease. In the Andalusian region there have been 1,226 infections, four deaths and 437 people recovered.

The cumulative incidence rate has increased in the six health districts of Malaga province. Five of them already exceed 100 infections per 100,000 population, which means they are classed at “medium risk”, according to the criteria set by the Ministry of Health. The rates are Serranía (172.7), Valle del Guadalhorce (142.7), Costa del Sol (138.9), Malaga (116.8) and Axarquía (108.1). Only the La Vega district is below 100, with 59.9.

Highest and lowest

The incidence rate in Andalucía is 111.8 per 100,000 people in the last 14 days (some 5.9 more than on Wednesday). The two Andalusian provinces with the highest incidence of coronavirus are Cordoba (154.8) and Huelva (147.5). In contrast, the lowest rate is found in Granada (57.1).

Hospital beds and ICUs

In Malaga hospitals there are 78 patients admitted with the virus (the same number as Wednesday), of which 20 are in intensive care units (four less than the day before). In Andalucía there are 295 people hospitalised with Covid (one more than yesterday); of those, 65 are in an intensive care bed (seven less than the day before before).

Despite the increase in the cumulative incidence rate, the Andalusian region as a whole is at health alert Level 0, which in practice means that there are no restrictions on capacity or hours in the commercial and hospitality sectors. To decide the health alert level, not only the cumulative incidence rate of Covid cases in the last 14 days is measured, but also other factors such as the level of occupied hospital beds, the pressure in intensive care units (ICU) and the vaccination campaign coverage are considered.