THE number of coronavirus infections in Andalucia has dropped after three days exceeding a thousand cases.

Andalucia has recorded this Sunday an increase of 680 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed by PCR after three consecutive days of seeing over a thousand cases in 24 hours.

According to data from the Ministry of Health and Families, the numbers this Sunday dropped by 350 compared to Saturday.

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The province with the highest number of positive cases since Saturday is Malaga with 153 cases, followed by Cadiz with 114, Cordoba with 108, Sevilla with 102, Almeria with 82, Jaen with 63, Huelva with 32 and Granada with 26.

The total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Andalucia has risen to 1,544 and the number of those cured to 19,171, with 145 of them over the weekend.

There are currently 624 patients admitted to Andalucian hospitals with coronavirus.

Hospitalizations by province are in Almeria 84 of which 17 are in the ICU; in Cadiz 88 of which 19 are in the ICU; in Cordoba 75 of which 8 are in the ICU; Granada 66 of which 12 are in the ICU; Huelva two and none in the ICU; Jaen 25 of which six are in the ICU; Malaga 173 of which 28 are in the ICU; and Sevilla 111 of which 12 are in the ICU.

Despite the decline in numbers a new outbreak has been detected in an old people’s home in Malaga with 25 confirmed cases.

According to data provided by the Ministry, of the total 25 confirmed cases, 20 are residents and five are workers.

Care homes are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of disease for three main reasons; Infections are able to spread quickly because of close contact between residents; Often the infection is unintentionally spread due to lack of appropriate protection and many residents also have other underlying diseases which lowers the body’s immune system.

The high number of outbreaks in Andalucian care homes reflects the vulnerability of these centres.

The latest outbreak, declared in the Vitalia Teatinos old people’s home in Malaga city, joins ten more in the region.

The Prodicco residence for disabled people in the municipality of Coin in Malaga has a total of 46 confirmed cases. Of these, 26 are residents and 20 are workers.

Related to the outbreak declared in the Residence El Zapillo in Almeria, the number of positive cases remains the same (116) in the last 48 hours, but there has been a new death, taking the death toll up to ten.

The outbreak at El Manantial de Terque Residence (Almeria) remains unchanged, as does the one at Fardes de Benalua Retirement Home (Granada).

In the outbreak of the Residence Vitalia of Mairena del Aljarafe (Sevilla) there are 21 positive (17 residents and 4 workers) and no changes in the data of the residence of Luque (Cordoba), nor in the residence of disabled Prodicco of Coin (Malaga).

In the outbreak of the Mater et Magistra residence for disabled people in Mairena del Aljarafe (Sevilla), the number of positive cases amounts to 38 (28 residents and 10 workers).

In the outbreak of the residence Centro Puerto Luz Resort, in El Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz), there are no changes in the last 24 hours, as in the one of the Centro de Discapacitados Afanas-Santa Beatriz, in El Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz).

According to the new measures announced in Spain’s Andalucia to curb COVID-19 outbreaks, visits to residential centres where there is at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 or more than three suspected cases will be suspended.

The suspension will be maintained until 28 days after the date of diagnosis of the last case.

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