THE rate of increase in COVID-19 cases in Andalucia has dropped for the third day in a row.

A total of 645 cases were declared on Monday, according to the Andalucia Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA), 95 less than on Sunday.

While the first day of the week tends to see a lower number of cases recorded, today’s figure represents 16 fewer than last Monday.

Meanwhile there have been six deaths in the past 24 hours; three in Cordoba, two in Granada and one in Almeria.

It comes after Sunday saw the first day without a coronavirus death in the region since August 20.

Malaga is yet again the province to count the most cases in the past 24 hours with 184, followed by Cordoba with 134, Sevilla (110), Cadiz (62), Jaen (54), Almeria (53), Granada (26) and Huelva (22).

Over the past seven days, Andalucia has detected 4,739 coronavirus cases by PCR while 312 people were hospitalised and 17 placed into intensive care.

The death toll from the virus over the same period was 27.

In the past 24 hours, hospitalisations have increased by 50 to 868, of which 115 are in intensive care (three more than yesterday).

At the height of the pandemic, Andalucia had 2,709 hospitalisations and 438 COVID-19 patients in intensive care.

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