28 Oct, 2020 @ 15:45
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Low turnout for mass screening in Spain’s Cordoba as city enters critical infection levels

Over 9,000 COVID-19 deaths recorded since start of pandemic in Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain
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THE Junta’s mass test screening for COVID-19 in Cordoba’s capital experienced low turnout figures as the city teeters on lockdown restrictions.

The testing, held at the Vista Alegre Sports Centre, was part of a provincial push to get a larger picture of how the virus is spreading during the second wave.

Of those invited by mail to attend the screening, just 620 individuals took part, 56% of the requested number, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health.

Red Cross volunteers manned the testing station, and ensured that no crowds gathered and that the whole event took place without incident.

As a result of the testing, six new positive results were discovered.

Thanks to the results, the Junta is now deciding whether the results are substantial enough to give a broader picture of infection rates across the city.

The results will also be influential in the decision as to whether the city adopts mobility restrictions similar to Granada or Madrid in order to help stop the increases in cases.

Yesterday, official figures pushed Cordoba’s infection rate above the ‘extreme risk threshold’, triggering the Junta to evaluate implementing travel bans.

As of this morning, the provincial capital registered 515 cases per 100,000 residents, raising 18 places in the past 24 hours.

Across the province, the average rate is 446 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with 12,811 cases in total since the start of the pandemic.

James Warren

"James spent three years spent working as a junior writer at various English language newspapers in Spain before finding a home at the Olive Press. He previously worked for many years as a bid writer for an international motorsports company. Based in Cordoba since 2014, James covers the southern Subbetica region, northern and inland Malaga and the Axarquia area. Get in touch at [email protected] with news or trustworthy tips that you would like him to cover in these areas"

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