Corona Map Andalucia
MAPPED: The coronavirus cases in Andalucia as of March 20, 2020 (SOURCE: Junta de Andalucia)

THE number of COVID-19 cases in Andalucia has risen to 1,287 as of today. 

In a map shared by the Junta, Malaga is by far the most affected province with 424 cases, followed by Granada with 244 and Sevilla with 190.

The top three are followed by Cordoba with 125, Jaen with 119, Cadiz (103), Almeria (46) and Huelva (36).

Nationwide Spain is expected to surpass 20,000 cases today after registering 19,998 this morning.

In Andalucia, the regional government is preparing for every scenario and has made two plans depending on how the virus grows.

The first plan will prepare for 9,000 cases while another for the worst case scenario of 15,000.

While each province will have its own measures, general actions include turning hotels into makeshift hospitals while making available 7,000 more toilets.

Junta spokesman Elias Bendodo and regional health minister Jesus Aguirre said Andalucia ‘has spared no effort to preserve people’s safety.’

This includes the arrival of two million masks for health workers, social workers, supermarket employees, farmers, delivery drivers and the entire volunteer network.

During an e-conference, the leaders said the ‘hospitals have not collapsed’ but Andalucia ‘wants to get ahead and be prepared.’

From today, the tourism and health ministries will be studying which hotels will make suitable health centres or hospitals, focusing on the worst hit region of Malaga, including the Costa del Sol.

Bendodo said every single hotel chain has offered up their establishments but none will be operational until the number of cases get too much for pre-existing health centres.

The Junta is seeking at least 1,175 hotel beds, 300 of them in Malaga and Sevilla each and 200 in Granada.

Some 75 are being sought in Jaen, 50 in Huelva, 100 in Cordoba, 100 in Cadiz and 50 in Almeria.

The health ministry has already prepared 2,960 hospital beds and 892 ICU units in case the number of patients reaches 15,000.

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