8 Nov, 2022 @ 20:30
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Virus warning as 15 people die from Covid-19 in one week in Spain’s Malaga

A judge has ordered the Valencian Ministry of Health to compensate 150 Alicante health workers who did not have any proper PPE equipment in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alicante court says doctors, nurses, and health support staff are entitled to compensation amounts varying between €5,000 and €49,180 for 'personal and moral damages'. There has been no comment from the Valencian government or Health Ministry. It's presumed that an appeal will be launched against the ruling. The lawsuit was filed against the regional Health Ministry by the Sindicato Medico(Medical Union). It claimed compensation on behalf of 150 Alicante area members for the 'non-compliance' of the Ministry for not providing safety protection between March and May 2020. The Alicante court ruling obliges each worker to get €5,000 if 'they were forced to work without adequate protection elements'. The payout is €15,000 for 'each workers who had to go into isolation if they were in contact with anybody infected with COVID-19'. A €35,000 payment is ordered for any worker 'infected with COVID-19 but who did not require hospital admission'. Any health worker who did catch the coronavirus and was hospitalised will get the highest amount of €49,180. The Sindicato Medico says that it is pleased by the recognition the court has given its members and pointing out the 'negligent attitude towards health and safety' of health workers. Similar claims have been filed in other courts in the Valencian Community.
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Fifteen people from the province of Malaga have died from Covid-19 in one week, according to health authorities. 

The Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday that there had been 34 deaths across Andalucia in the past seven days. 

In Malaga hospitals there are 46 patients admitted with coronavirus, representing an increase of three compared to last week. 

Four people were receiving care in the intensive care unit due to infection caused by Covid-19. 

In Andalucian hospitals, 213 patients were hospitalised, of which 16 were hooked up to ventilators.  

It comes as the climate starts to cool, with the onset of winter bringing back the threat of Covid-19. 

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Spain’s autumn booster rollout for over 80-year-olds and residents of care homes started at the end of September.

The delegate of the Spanish government in Andalucia Pedro Fernandez said the objective of the vaccination campaign ‘continues to be to save lives’. 

“It has been demonstrated that Covid-19 vaccines provide strong protection against serious illness, hospitalisation and death,” he said. 

Over-60s are considered the next vulnerable group of people to get the latest booster, as well as personnel in healthcare centres and anyone who has not been able to get their shot. 

According to Fernandez the new vaccines are adapted to better match circulating variants of SARS-CoV-2 and are expected to provide broader protection against different variants, specifically targeting the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.


Anthony Piovesan

Anthony joins the Olive Press from Australia, where he worked as a journalist for six years. He reported for country and suburban newspapers, before becoming a political correspondent for News Corp.

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