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Coronavirus in Andalucia, News and Statistics

Masks are required in Andalucia if social distance cannot be maintianed   © Michelle Chaplow
Masks are required in Andalucia if social distance cannot be maintianed

Coronavirus in Costa del Sol and Andalucia

Page or section last updated Saturday 02-07-22 at  09.00 hrs.

 

 

News Update

01-06-2022 Official Data by INE for 4 months up to April 2022 released today recorded 2.3m international arrivals to Andalucia compared to 3.2m in 2019. When will Andalucia’s international tourism return to pre-pandemic normality?

22-05-2022 Non vaccinated tourists can now enter Spain with a negative COVID-19 test: either a PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure, or an antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure

20-04-2022 From today it is no longer nobligatory to wear masks inside most buildings in Spain. The exceptions are health centres, hospitals, clinics, pharmacias and visitors to care homes. Passengers on trains, buses, taxi and airplanes must still wear a mask in stations, platform or airports.

11-04-2022 Ferries from Algeciras to Tanger Med and Tarifa to Algeciras Town restart on Tuesday 12th April for foot passengers and on Monday 18th for vehicles. Travellers need to have either a Vaccination certificate or a PCR test taken within the previous 72 hrs. The borders at Cueta and Melilla remain closed.

11-04-2022 The #SpTH locator Form is no longer necessary for travel to Spain if you have an NHS COVID Pass or an EU Digital COVID Certificate. Travellers under the age of 12 and passengers in international transit (in Spain) do not have to show a certificate or SpTH QR.

If you do not have the EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent NHS Covid Pass, you must complete the SpTH Health Control Form manually entering the details of your vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate. In the case of adults, a complete vaccination certificate will be valid from 14 days after the administration of the last dose and will be valid up to 270 days from the administration of this last dose. The vaccination certificate with complete schedule for children under 18 has no expiry date.

For those requiring test certificates: Sample collection must be performed within 72 hours prior to departure for Spain for NAAT (nucleic acid amplification tests, e.g. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA) or 24 hours for RAT (rapid antigen test).

For thoseb providing recovery certificate: a person is considered to have recovered from COVID-19 after the disease has passed, provided that more than 11 days have elapsed since the first positive NAAT or RAT was performed, and this recovery shall be valid for 180 days thereafter.

Check the useful new chart provided by Spanish Consulate in Manchester to know which required #COVID19 documents apply to your case.

08-04-2022 Following a meeting last night between Pedro Sánchez, Spain's Prime Minister and HRH King Mohamed VI of Morocco there was an agreement to reestblish the "inmediate and gradual" return of passenger ferry traffic accross the Strait of Gibraltar. The agreement also included the orderly opening of the land borders between Morocco and the Spanish North African enclaves of Cueta and Melilla.

The Government of Morocco had suspended all passenger ferries between Spain and Morocco on 13-03-2020 as a measure against the coronavirus. The passenger ferries across the Strait of Gibraltar operated by FRS and Intershipping were stopped affecting the departures from the port of Algeciras and Tarifa to Tánger Med and Tánger Ville. The measures didn't affect freight traffic. The suspension also affects cruise liners. The ferry from Spain to Spanish enclaves in North Africa of Ceuta and Melilla continues, however the land border to Morocco is closed. There are flights between Malaga and Sevilla and Morocco

29-03-2022 Statistics for Andalucia and Spain are now only publish twice a week. It was daily, then last year Sundays were dropped and earlier this year weekends dropped as well. This does not conceal a concerning rise in cases which can be seen on the rolling seven day graph above.

26-03-2022 As travel returns to normality flight routes from Malaga return to near 2019 levels. Málaga airport has currently flights to 23 UK destinations, 70 EU destinations, 17 Spanish destinations and 10 in Morocco, Istanbul and Montreal. See our flights table from Malaga airport and all Andalucia airports.

14-02-2022 The is now NO requirement to present Covid Vaccination certificates to enter bars/restaurants and hotels as well as visitors to hospitals and residence homes in Andalucia. The Andalucia health minister, Jesús Aguirre, said that the government would not seek a further court extension. "The incidence rate is going down and hospital pressure too". In practice many establishment were not enforsing the requirement.

10-02-2022 Spanish governemt has ended the mandatory wearing of masks in outdoor spaces including school playgrounds. With the agreemend of the regions, details were published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) Wednesday 09-02-2022 which modified the law (Ley 2/2021, de 29 de marzo). Anybody aged six and older are still obliged to wear masks in the following cases:

In any closed space that is for public use or that is open to the public.
At events that take place in the open-air, when attendees are standing. If they are seated, masks are mandatory when a distance of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, except for people who live together.
In air, bus and rail transport, including platforms and passenger stations, as well as public and private passenger transport in vehicles with up to nine seats, if the occupants do not live at the same address. In the closed spaces of ships and boats when the safety distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, except for people who live together.

13-01-2022 The purchase price of the lateral flow antigen test kit when purchased by a farmacy in Spain has been fixed by the Spanish government at €2.94. This follows period of criticism for high and variable price recently during a shortage.

06-12-2021 As from 1st December 2021 UK residents travelling for NON Essential reasons can only enter Spain if they have been fully vaccinated. This requirement does not apply to Under 12 year olds or Spanish and EU nationals and their families. Source  UK Gov Advice

Previous news updates dating back to March 2020 are archived on the Coronavirus Chronology page.

 

 

Current Andalucia Statistics

Current Andalucia Statistics  
Number of cases (positive PCR tests) in the last 7 days (in over 60s) 4,794
Number of cases (positive PCR tests) in the last 7 days (all population)* 9,915
Positive PCR tests in the last 14 days (all population)* 24,987
Tests carried out in the last week ?
Hospital admission in the last 7 days 349
Patients admitted to intensive care in the last 7 days 7
Total current hospital patients 622
Intensive care current patients 39
Covid Deaths in last 7 days 30
Case rate per 100k, (AI 14d)  (over 60s) 365
Case rate per 100k, (AI 14d)  (all population)* 367
   

*Since 28-03-202 Andalucia entered an  'aguda' (acute) phase of the pandemic. The governement reporting has changed to focus only on statistics relating to the over 60s published twice weekly. Reporting for total population is based on our calculations. Over Easter wekend a reported case was redefinded as a +ve PCR test. 

Andalucia Statistics Since Start of Pandemic

Andalucia Statistics Since Start of Pandemic  
Total positive tests since the start of pandemic 1,533,332
Total hospital admissions for the pandemic 76,639
Intensive care total for pandemic 7,092
Andalucia Covid Deaths Pandemic Total 14,204

Hospital Patient Statistics

Hospital Patients (overnight)  
Current 622
6th Wave Peak 25-01-22 2,239
Low 28-10-21 169
5th Wave Peak 09-08-21 1,478
Low 01-07-21 483
3rd Wave Peak 31-01-21 4,962
2nd Wave Peak 10-11-20 3,478
1st Wave Peak 30-03-20 2,709

Intensive Care Patients

Intensive Care Patients  
Current 39
6th Wave Peak 25-01-22 244
Low 16-11-21 31
5th Wave Peak 09-08-21 268
Low 08-07-21 111
3rd Wave Peak 09-02-21 724
2nd Wave Peak 10-11-20 235
1st Wave Peak 30-03-20 438

 

Tests carried out

Testing per week 
 01 April 2022 62,316
High 05-01-2022 305,849
Low 16-11-21 70,005
5th Wave Peak 05-08-21 171,457
Low 08-07-21 113,223
3rd Wave Peak 28-01-21 255,313
2nd Wave Peak 10-11-20 169,000

The number of tests proving positive had dropped to 2.3% in November 2021 and is now at 25% down from an January 2022 all time high of 40%. 

Testing % positive 
 01 April 2022 25 %
21 January 2022 40%
December 2021 5 %
November 2021 2.3 %
May 2021 5 %
January 2021 20 %
December 2020 8 %
November 2020 20 %

Andalucia data last published mid-day on 01-07-2022. Spain data last published evening 01-07-2022. Data now only published twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday.  Data now only concentrates on over 60 yrs. Data published since April 2022 considers case as PCR test confirmed and not other testing methods. 

Older statistics from 27-05-2022 are retained Coronavitus page for comparison

 

 

Vaccinations statistics

Andalucia has now administered 4,204,825 booster doses. This is currently 1,500 a day (based on the last seven days). By comparison the initial campaign peaked at 120.000 a day. 17,273,589 doses in total have been administered since the beginning of the initial campaign. 

From the initial campaign 97.8 % of the (over 12 yrs) population have been fully vaccinated.  

1,062,000 doses of children's Pfizer have been delivered to Andalucia. Of the 725,275 five to eleven year olds in Andalucia 446,800 or 61% have received their first vaccination dose and 352,838 or 48% have completed the course. 

Vaccination data published on 25-05-2022.   

 

 

Current Travel requirements - April 2021

Travel to Spain from UK

Since 06-04-2022    The #SpTH locator Form is no longer necessary for travel to Spain if you have an NHS COVID Pass or an EU Digital COVID Certificate. Travellers under the age of 12 and passengers in international transit (in Spain) do not have to show a certificate or SpTH QR.

If you do not have the EU Digital COVID Certificate or equivalent NHS Covid Pass, you must complete the SpTH Health Control Form manually entering the details of your vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate. In the case of adults, a complete vaccination certificate will be valid from 14 days after the administration of the last dose and will be valid up to 270 days from the administration of this last dose. The vaccination certificate with complete schedule for children under 18 has no expiry date.

For those requiring test certificates: Sample collection must be performed within 72 hours prior to departure for Spain for NAAT (nucleic acid amplification tests, e.g. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA) or 24 hours for RAT (rapid antigen test).

For those providing recovery certificate: a person is considered to have recovered from COVID-19 after the disease has passed, provided that more than 11 days have elapsed since the first positive NAAT or RAT was performed, and this recovery shall be valid for 180 days thereafter.

Check the useful  chart provided by Spanish Consulate in Manchester to know which required #COVID19 documents apply to your case.

Since 22 May non vacinated UK residents travelling for non essential reasons (ie tourists) can enter Spain. In this case they are required to provide certification of a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours before arrival or an Antigen test 24hrs before arrival.These certificates should be uploaded to the obligitory health entry form found at www.spth.gob.es or the SpTH App, to obtain a QR code to be shown upon entry.

Read UK government’s information on Coronavirus advice for travel to Spain and entry rules currently in place.

Read Spanish Government Health Ministry page (in English ) on travelling to Spain.

Travel to UK from Spain

Fully vaccinated (two doses from UK, NHS or EU or USA plus 14 days) travellers arriving in the UK from Spain (and other non red list countries) do NOT need to take a pre flight Covid-19 test nor self-isolate. Arriving travellers do NOT need to book a 'Day 2' test. Full details on UK Gov website.

09-07-2021 The UK Foreign Office has removed its travel advisary warning for Spain and more than 20 countries against all non-essential travel. “The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to Spain, based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks” Source. This means that standard travel insurance policies are no longer invalidated, and package holidays can go ahead.

Travel to USA
The USA opened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from 33 countries on 8th November 2021. A negative test taken 72 hours before departure is still be required. The list of 33 countries includes Spain and all 26 Schengen counties and the UK and Ireland.

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