THE Junta de Andalucia is keeping a close eye on Malaga following a ‘worrying’ rise in COVID-19 cases, it said today.

The regional government now believes the province is experiencing ‘community transmission’, with the source of many cases being unknown.

Malaga recorded over 300 new cases in the past 24 hours, almost accounting for a third of Andalucia’s daily count.

Meanwhile it has 222 hospitalisations, making up 30% of the region’s total.

Spokesman for the Junta Elias Bendodo announced today that the Ministry of Health is advising municipalities across Malaga to limit social events to what is ‘strictly necessary’, adding that it would be better not to celebrate any at all.

If the number of cases continue to rise, Bendodo said, further measures could be announced next week.

The Junta, he said, is now keeping a close eye on Malaga this week as ‘we are very concerned about the evolution of the pandemic in this province.’

Tourism meccas such as the Costa del Sol are blamed for the rise in the caseload, having been inundated with visitors over the summer.

Health experts will be hoping there is a slight reprieve in the case numbers given that most tourists have now left.

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