Coronavirus in Costa del Sol and Andalucia
Page or section last updated Saturday 25-09-2021 at 22.20 hrs.
18-09-2021 The Cádiz City Council announced on Tuesday its decision to postpone the 2022 Carnival from February to June. The start of the Official Contest of Carnival Groups will move to April 25. The Cádiz Carnival will take place from June 9 to 19.
17-09-21 Travelling back to England, todays anouncement by Transport minister Grant Shapps. The international travel traffic light system is being simplified with a single red list, as part of an overhaul of the rules from 4 October. End of green and amber, and hello to RED and ROW - red-list and rest of the world.
Effective 4th October, PCR tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers returning to England. Under the new testing regime, people who have had both jabs will NOT need to take a pre-departure test before leaving any country not on the red list. And later in October, UK would be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper, rapid lateral flow test. Pre-departure tests will not be needed if you’re double-jabbed.
09-09-21 The eight Territorial committees met again Wednesday and has revised the Levels in Andalucia. All provinces improve to level 1 or remain at Level 2 as seen on the map above. Last week there are minor modifications to the four levels of protection measures established on 07-05-2021 after the end of the state of alert effective from Thursday 02-09-21. These are highlighted below. Full details in Levels of protection measures .
02-09-21 From today Andalusia has extended the opening of bars and restaurants until 2:00 hrs with services until 01.00 this Thursday. Nightclubs can remain open until 03:30 but only dancing outside with mask in Level one areas as marked in green on the map above. So dancing in Nerja tonight but not from Malaga to Marbella and Estepona.
Ice cream parlours, chocolate shops may also open until 02:00 hrs but without serving alcoholic beverages after 01.00 hrs
Theme parks, water parks, fun fairs and children’s playgrounds can also be open until 02.00 hrs.
The number of cases (positive Coronavirus tests) in the last seven days has dropped slightly to t 2.105 and those with symptoms increased to 511. In the last fourteen days positive test were 5.184 and those with symptoms numbered 1.840 Andalucia now has a reducing AI(14d) rate of 61. Cases every day since March 2020 are shown on the graph. There been have been a total of 805.822 positive tests in Andalucia since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, this is about 9.5 % of the population.
The number of tests carried out in the last week was 78.898. The fifth wave testing peak was 171.457 on 05-08-21, third wave testing peak was 255.313 on 28-01-2021, second wave peak was 169.000 then dropping to a low of 78.000 in early January. The number of tests proving positive rose to 20% but now 5%. It dropped from 20% in November to 8% at Christmas and rose again to 20% last January dropping back to 7% in May & June Data 20-09-2021
Confirmed cases that required hospital admission in Andalucia in the last seven days is dropping at 115. The total admissions for the pandemic is 56.616. Confirmed cases that required intensive care admission in Andalucia in last seven days is 12 the total for the pandemic is 6.191.
The number of Coronavirus patients currently in Andalucia hospitals has also dropped again to 486 from a 1.478 peak on 09-08-2021. The previous low was 483 on 01-07-2021 and previous peak was 4.962 on 31-01-2021. Patients in currently intensive care are level at 132 from the peak of 268 on 09-08-21. The previous low was 111 on 08-07-2021, down from peak of 724 on 09-02-2021). The second wave peak was 3.478 (10-11-2020) of which 235 were in intensive care. The first wave peak was 2.709 (30-03-2020) of which 438 were in intensive care. Current data as reported by Ministerio de Sanidad on data up to 20-09-2021.
There have been 23 deaths in Andalucia in last seven days. The total for the pandemic is 11.158.
The number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days per 100,000 populations in Spain is now 83 on 20-09-2021 from 702 peak on 27-07-2021 and 93 low on 24-06-2021 and before Easter mini wave the low was 128 on 16-03-2021. The third wave peak was 890 on 29-01-2021, the second wave peak was 595 in October 2020).
In Andalucia the rate has also dropped to 72 (20-09-21) down from 594 (03-08-21) The previous low was 128 on 24-03-2021, third wave peak was 959 on 01-02-2021, the second wave peak was 580 and between them a low of 135 on Christmas day. See updated chart of case rates for all 17 regions at the foot of our Confirmed Cases page.
Andalucia has administered 12.542.898 doses since the beginning of the campaign of which 6.490.340 are second or single dose vaccinations. This represents fully vaccinated 87% of population to vaccinate (ie over 12 yrs) or 77% of total census population. Those with at least one dose are 90% of population to vaccinate (ie over 12 yrs) or 80% of total census population Data to 18-09-2021
Only 89.000 doses were included in last week's Monday (13-08-2021) delivery which was only Moderna. No Astra Zenica has been delivered since 06-07-2021 and Spain has announced that no more will be purchased and remaining stock donated to Latin America. No Jennsen has been delivered since 03-08-2021. Previous week's deliveries were 525.450, 496.760, 521.780, 932.290, 684.330, 534.780, 308.880, 406.380, 470.180 1.117.550, 337.270 1.033.280, 499.920, 812.040, 512.820, 282.180, 382.630, 391,130, 593.260, 324.090, 272.710, 260.860, 368.060, 176,250, 117.250, 157.960, 175.430, 178.620 163.300, 133.600 and January's average was 73.000.
The delivery figures of all vaccine makes were suddenly revised last Tuesday downwards by 182.000 from 13.657.120 to 13.392.170. No explanation was given.
The rate of administration maxed in June at 117.000 per day and is now at a low of 23.000 (based on average over last week). At this current daily rate it would in theory take 96 days to vaccinate (two doses) all 12 yrs and older in Andalucia. However doses administered is now 93% of those delivered. It was 99% mid July. The non vaccinated (over 12s) numbers have reached a plateau at 10%. Those who have had Covid have to wait 2 months for a single vaccine and are included in this 10%.
Delivery had substantially increased in May and again in early and late June. Delivery from EU was expected to substantially increase again in third quarter of 2021 but has been quite variable. Andalucia health minister warned of a 'frenazo' (large brake) in supply on 29-06-2021. Vaccination data to 18-09-2021.
See graph on the Coronavirus Vaccinations page of weekly delivery and predictions.
Andalucia data above was published on 25-09-2021. Spain data on 20-09-2021. Vaccination data 18-09-2021.
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19-08-21 The eight Territorial committees met again Wednesday and has revised the Levels in Andalucia. All provinces improve or remain at Level 2 with northern Almeria improving to Level 1. See Levels of protection measures .
09-08-2021 From last Friday those 12 years or older ( dob in 2009 or before) can book a vaccine appointment via ClicSalud+, Salud Responde (App or Telephone) or by going to their local health centre. More practical details on our Vaccination page.
06-08-21 The regional High Court declined the request by the Junta de Andalucia to authorize a resolution that will only permit access to the inside night clubs to those that present the EU Digital Covid Certificate or a negative coronavirus test result In the Canary Islands the regional High Court has provisionally suspended a similar move. In Galicia this proof is already required at bars and restaurants.
05-08-21 The eight Territorial committees met again Wednesday and has decided this to impose a curfew and restrict freedom of movement at night from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. in eight Andalucian municipalities for having exceeded a thousand cases of accumulated incidence of Covid -19 per 100,000 inhabitants. Conil de la Frontera and Paterna de Rivera, in the province of Cádiz; Punta Umbría (Huelva); Mengíbar (Jaén); Campillos (Málaga) and Marchena, Tocino and El Cuervo (Seville). The Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA) will need to ratify the decision which will most likely come into effect on Thursday or Friday night.
Marbella, Estepona and Montoro (Córdoba) will no longer be under Curfew from Thursday 05-08-2021 a decree that was applied on July 29, since they have dropped from one thousand cases of incidence.
05-08-21 The eight Territorial committees met again Wednesday and has made no changes. All Cordoba and Malaga province remain in Level 3. All other areas of Andalucia remain in level 2. In all levels restaurants in must limit capacity to 4 per table inside and 6 outside for level 3 (Malaga and Cordoba) and 8 outside for level 2 (rest of Andalucia). They must close at midnight although terrace may remain open until 01.00. See Levels of protection measures .
05-08-21 The Junta de Andalucia is asking the regional High Court to authorize a resolution that will only permit access to the inside night clubs to those that present the EU Digital Covid Certificate or a negative coronavirus test result (either antigen or PCR). The measure does not affect bars and restaurants open during the day. The initiative was due to start at midnight on August 5 but court approval is still awaited. In the Canary Islands the regional High Court has provisionally suspended a similar move. In Galicia this proof is already required at bars and restaurants.
02-08-2021 Fully vaccinated (two doses from UK NHS or EU or USA plus 14 days) travellers arriving in UK from non red list travel list destinations (including Spain) will no longer have to quarantine. They will, however, still need PCR tests before boarding and on day 2 after their return. Under-18s returning from amber list places would also be exempt from quarantine.
30-07-21 The curfew between 02.00 and 07.00 hrs in Estepona, Marbella and Montoro (Cordoba) for one week has been ratified by the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Andalucía (TSJA). It became effective the day following publication in the BOJA (regionial gazette) on Friday evening which was Saturday 01-08-2021 morning from 02.00 to 07.00 hrs giving a few hours to organise. The usual exceptions apply such as work, legal obligationis. Estepona, Marbella and Montoro were the municipalities above 5.000 inhabitants whose AI(14d) rate was above 1.000 the previous Wednesday.
28-07-2021 UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that people who are fully vaccinated in the EU or US will not need to isolate when coming to England, Scotland and Wales from an amber list country. The change will come into force at 04:00 BST on Monday 02-08-21. The final vacccine dose administered at least 14 whole days before arrival. Travellers will still need to take either a lateral flow or PCR test pre-departure and a PCR test on the second day after they arrive.
La Junta de Andalucía will instruct the town halls in level 2, 3 or 4 areas to close their beaches from Thursday 22-07-21 at night from 23.00 to 07.00 hrs. This includes all Costa del Sol and most of the beaches of Andalucia, except Almeria province. The night closeure can be seen as the yellow area on the map above. bove. Excluded are individual activities such as fishing, and group activities such as beach bars.
There are minor modifications to the four levels of protection measures established on 07-05-2021 after the end of the state of alert effective from Thursday 22-07-2021. These include capacity of restaurants which has been modified; At interior tables no more than four may be seated.(Exterior terrace table capacities remain unchanged; 10 people per table in level one areas, 8 in level two and 6 in level three and four. The biggest change is that for nightclubs and celebration venues a register of clients is required for all four levels comprising name, surname telephone or email and kept for 14 days.
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.
British tourist travelling to Spain (since 01-07-2020) need to present certificate of vaccination or certificate of negative Covid-19 test. Full details come under the rules that came into force on 07-06-2021 (see below) for those entering Spain by air or sea.
02-07-2021 From 2 July, the Spanish government requires all arrivals to Spain from the UK to present on entry one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test; or proof of vaccination. Read UK government’s understanding of the entry rules currently in place. Read Spanish Government Health Ministry page (in English ) on travelling to Spain.
26-06-2021 Wearing a facemasks is now not mandatory outdoors in Spain, only when 1.5m social distance can be guaranteed. People must carry a mask at all times in case it is required; in anticipation of outdoor crowds or when going indoors such as shops, offices, restaurants and public transport. Facemasks are still obligatory for large outdoor events such as concerts, demonstrations, and sporting events. Andalucia still recommends the wearing of masks outdoors but it in not an obligation.
07-06-2021 New rules come into force for those entering Spain by air or sea. Passengers arriving from a country / zone of risk must have a valid health certificate. Which can be: A COVID19 vaccination certificate, A certificate of SARSCoV2 diagnostic test with negative result, carried out within 48 hours before arrival in Spain (PCR or Antigen). A COVID-19 recovery certificate. These certificates can be added 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. More detailed info
09-05-2021 The state of alert has ended and central government policy was not to renew this, requiring the regional governments to undertake future measures. Andalucia is doing this in three phases. The first called Stabalisation is until the 31-05-2021. There is no curfew and no restrictions on meetings. Wearing face-masks continues to be obligatory. The Andalucian border and the eight provincial perimeters are now open to travellers. Only larger villages (population over 5.000) with AI(14d) rates over 1.000 will have perimeter closed; a specific court order is required for this.
The restrictions will be progressively reduced in a new system with each municipality within four levels of Alert. Low with AI(14d) less than 50, Medium with AI(14d) less than 150. High with AI(14d) less than 250 cases and Extreme with AI(14d) greater than 250. UPDATE Mid July: This planned reduction has not been enacted.
19-04-2021 Those who are not registered in the Andalucia Health Service, such as those resident with private health insurance, should register to be included in the COVID-19 vaccination programme. You can simply download a PDF application form and take it to your local health centre. If you have a digital signature you can also submit the form online.
If you are already registered with the Andalucia Health Service, you can (with a digital certificate) check your details online to ensure your phone number is up to date. You do so online at ClicSalud+ if you have a digital certificate.
Older news updates are archived on the Coronavirus Chronology page.
There remain only 7 municipalities in Andalucia (out of 785) whose residents have not recorded a single case of Coronavirus. They are all small inland villages with very small populations. Read the decreasing list at the foot of our Confirmed cases page.