Coronavirus in Costa del Sol and Andalucia
Page or section last updated Thursday 26-11-2020 at 19.20 hrs.
22-11-2020 Andalucia President announced the second renewal of New Coronavirus measures for Andalucia (from 24-11-2020) to 10-12-2020. The renewed measures are effectively the same as at present. The Granada Sur health district (Las Alpujarras and Costa Tropical) improved from level 4 Grade 2 to Level 4 (See Four levels) meaning that their shops and business, like most of Andalucia, can open to 18.00 hrs. Axarquia improved to Level 3. Malaga city remains at Level 3. All other districts that were on Level 3 deteriorated to Level 4. Other Andalucia wide changes; bars and restaurants can stay open to 21.30 hrs for take-away service. Toy shops can stay open to 20.00 hrs.
All municipal boundaries and Andalucía’s boundary remains closed except for justified reasons (See 'More News updates' below for 10-11-2020). The curfew remains 22.00 to 07.00 hrs.
Reminder that that all those entering Spain from high-risk zones by air or sea from 23-11-2020 would be required to have a certificate of a negative coronavirus PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours. See 'More News updates' below for 11-11-2020.
The number of positive Coronavirus tests in Andalucia in the last 7 and 14 days is continuing to decrease suggesting that the second wave has peaked. The number of hospital admission is also decreasing. Other regions of Spain have seen more significant reductions, and Andalucia is still reporting more cases (per 100.000 population) than the Spanish average or Madrid.
The number of positive Coronavirus tests in last seven days in Andalucia was 11.621 those with symptoms numbered 1.211 In the last fourteen days positive test were 32.430 and those with symptoms numbered 5.938. Cases every day since March are shown on the graph. There been have been a total of 231.482 positive tests in Andalucia since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Test carried out in Andalucia in the seven days to 22-11-2020 were 153.230 (PCR 100.986 and Antibody 52.244), this is 1.9% of Andalucia population. 15% of tests were positive.
Confirmed cases that required hospital admission in Andalucia in the last seven days number 709, the total admissions for the pandemic is 19.276. Confirmed cases that required intensive care admission in Andalucia in last seven days was 41, the total for the pandemic is 1.692.
The number of Coronavirus patients currently in Andalucia hospitals is 2.632 (2.687) of which 484 (483) are currently in intensive care. As reported by Ministerio de Sanidad on 25-11-2020 (and Junta de Andalucia Consejeria Salud on 25-11-2020.
There have been 194 deaths in Andalucia in last seven days. The total for the pandemic is 3,866.
The number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days per 100,000 populations in Spain is now reducing slowly to 419. In Andalucia is stable at 507. Madrid has reduced to 285. Navarra and Aragon are now reducing from a peak of 1150 to 440 and 616. Cataluña is now reducing to 393. See chart of cases rates for all 17 regions at the foot of our Confirmed Cases page.
The number of cases in Andalucia (since May) that have been identified as 'imported from another country' is 727, of which 17 were in the seven days to 24-11-2020. This figure includes all methods of transport including 'pateras'.
Andalucia data above was published on 26-11-2020. Spain data 25-11-2020.
The confirmed cases, hospitalisation, intensive care, and died by the 8 Andalucia provinces can be seen on the Confirmed Cases page.
Costa del Sol
Costa del Sol (health district) has recorded 495 cases in the last week, and 1.190 in last fourteen days. Total of 10.899 positive tests since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Confirmed cases that required hospital admission in Costa del Sol (health district) in the last week number 29, the total admissions for the pandemic is 952. Confirmed cases that required intensive care admission in Costa del Sol in last week was 1, the total for the pandemic is 75.
Costa del Sol (health district) has recorded 147 deaths, 11 in the last week.
Costa del Sol data above was published on 25-11-2020.
More News Updates
11-11-20 (updated 14-11-2020) Spanish Health Minister, Salvador Illa announced that all those entering Spain from high-risk zones by air or sea from 23-11-2020 would be required to have a certificate of a negative coronavirus PCR test (not antibody or antigen) taken within the previous 72 hours. The high-risk zones are guided by European Centre for Disease prevention and Control's recommendation map of zones of over 150 cases in last 14 days per 100.000 populations. This is currently all Europe except Norway, Finland and parts of Greece. A full list of zones was published in the BOE (state gazette) and will be updated every 15 days. The measure does not apply to land borders (Portugal, France Gibraltar, Andorra). Travellers should pre-register at www.spth.gob.es and obtain QR code for presentation to airline and on arrival. By exception travelers unable to register online should present original test certificates in English or Spanish. Existing measures; temperature checks, visual symptoms, and declaring residence details still apply.
11-11-2020 Andalucia government, along with the Basque Country and Castilla y León, insisted to Salvador Illa, national Minister of Health at the Interterritorial Council meeting, the need for the region to have the legal right to decree a home lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus. President of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno stated he "did not understand" the rejection at the inter-territorial Health Commission to the "formal" request to extend the curfew in Andalucia to "for example at 7:00 p.m." the following day Fernando simon in Madrid made it clear he did not support the move towards home lockdown.
10-11-2020 From 1 January 2021 international tourists in Andalucia will be covered by a Covid health insurance arranged and paid for by the regional government Junta de Andalucia. The insurance will cover any circumstances relating to Covid such as medical bills, additional accommodation cost for isolation plus repatriation if necessary. The plan was first announced by Juan Marin, Tourism councillor back in September. More details were announced by Antonio Martin Machuca, Marketing Director for Andalucia on 9th Nov at the annual World Travel Market online conference which Andalucia is the premier sponsor. The insurance policy, which is about to be signed by the government, covers tourists (non resident in Spain) of any age, staying in a Hotel, Tourist Apartment, Pension, Casa Rural or Camping (but not an unregistered rental property). Tourists will complete and sign an insurance form at accommodation check-in.
10-11-2020 New Coronavirus measures for Andalucia came into effect at 00.00 Tuesday 10-11-2020.
- The Andalucia border with other Spanish regions (Extremadura, Castilla la Mancha and Murcia) will be closed until at least 23-11-2020.
- The border of ALL municipal districts will be closed, not just those Seville, Granada, Cordoba and certain others. “One can only enter or leave for a justified reason.”
- Night curfew in Andalucia to be extended to 22.00 hrs to 07.00 hrs.
- All non-essential activity (general shops, cafes, restaurants, offices, business) in Andalucia must close at 18.00. In Granada province non-essential activity is closed all day.
- Schools will remain open, Universities must hold all classes online except for laboratory and experimental sessions.
In all cases travel between towns (municipal districts) for work, health visits, looking after dependents, force majeure is considered a justified exception if carrying supporting documentation. Here is the complete list of justifications:
- Appointments at health centres, hospitals, clinics and other health establishments.
- Compliance with work, professional, business, institutional or legal obligations.
- Attendance at university, teaching and educational centres, including nursery schools.
- Return to the place of habitual or family residence.
- Assistance and care for the elderly
- Travel to banks, financial or insurance establishments or petrol station stations in neighbouring districts.
- Necessary or urgent actions at public, judicial or notary offices.
- Renewals of permits and official documentation, as well as other administrative procedures that cannot be postponed.
- Taking official exams or tests that cannot be postponed.
- Due to force majeure or situations of need.
- Any other activity of a similar nature, duly accredited.
Bars and restaurants in Andalucia must now close at 18.00 and their terraces at 75% capacity and inside at 50% capacity. Meetings of more than six persons (not living together) are still not permitted whether in inside or outside location.
Business that are exempt from closing at 18.00 are Car Hire offices, those at Airports, Sea ports, train stations, hospitals and at Motorway service stations.
The international borders into Andalucia/Spain have not been closed by the National Government. This includes land borders with Portugal and Gibraltar. Airports are open and passengers can enter, however once a traveller is on Andalucia soil, local travel restrictions as outlined above apply. Travellers into Malaga airport can travel to Malaga city, however travel to destinations along the Costa del Sol or to other parts of Andalucia would require written documentary justification.
09-11-2020 It was not clear from the decree whether an international tourists (there are about 10.000 arrivals a week) are permitted to travel to a pre-booked hotel/apartment located in a different town from the airport. However Antonio Martin-Machuca, Marketing Director for Andalucia tourist board, did answer a question at the annual World Travel Market online conference today by saying "We are open at the moment but if we receive UK visitors to Andalucia they can not move between cities. They must stay in their city of choice".
27-10-2020 Andalucia operates a system of four levels (niveles') of measures of protection against Coronavirus. Municipal districts are declared to in Level 2,3, or 4. To look up the level in any town and read the detailed procedures to follow, see our Four levels page.
23-10-2020 It became obligatory to wear a face-mask in cafes, bars, and restaurants, at all times, except when actually eating or drinking. This new rule published in the BOJA 22-10-2020 modifies the order of 19-06-2020 which, in effect, exempted masks when seated at tables. Source BOJA 22-10-2020.
Additionally, in the case of practicing physical sport that is non federated (ie not part of an official training or competition) the use of mask is obligatory if social distancing cannot be guaranteed. This in effect closes the loophole for casual cyclists and scooter riders not to wear masks. Source BOJA 22-10-2020.
25-10-2020 Pedro Sanchez, national government president, announced on television Sunday afternoon a new national ‘State of Alarm’ had been approved by the cabinet (Consejo de Ministros) with immediate effect. Initially the new state of alarm covered two weeks, however Congress later approved single extension to 09-05-2021.)
Tarifa has recorded 21 cases in the 7 days, 0 with symptoms and recorded 61 cases in the last 14 days, 13 with symptoms. There have been 341 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Tarifa has recorded 9 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Manilva (inc Sabinillas & Puerto Duquesa) has recorded 11 cases in the last 7 days, 1 with symptoms and recorded 48 cases, 7 with symptoms in the last 14 days. There have been 267 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Manilva has recorded 1 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Estepona has recorded 84 cases in the last seven days, 15 with symptoms and recorded 162 cases, 51 with symptoms in the last 14 days. There have been 1.124 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Estepona has recorded 11 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Marbella has recorded 163 cases in the last seven days, 29 with symptoms, and recorded 417 cases in the last 14 days, 156 with symptoms. There have been 4.126 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Marbella has recorded 64 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Mijas has recorded 107 cases in the last seven days, 16 with symptoms, and 251 cases in the last 14 days, 85 with symptoms. There have been 1.232 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Mijas has recorded 7 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Fuengirola has recorded 93 cases in the last seven days, 23 with symptoms and 255 cases in the last 14 days 73 with symptoms. There have been 1.244 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Fuengirola has recorded 11 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Benalmadena has recorded 54 cases in the last seven days, 9 with symptoms, and 146 cases in the last 14 days 54 with symptoms. There have been 1.140 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Benalmadena has recorded 31 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Torremolinos has recorded 52 cases in the last seven days, 14 with symptoms and 171 cases in the last 14 days, 52 with symptoms. There have been 1.179 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Torremolinos has recorded 11 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Municipal data above published 20-11-2020.
There are only 32 municipalities in Andalucia (out of 785) whose residents have not recorded a single case. They are mostly small inland villages. read the fast decreasing list on our Confirmed cases page.