Coronavirus in Costa del Sol and Andalucia
Page or section last updated Friday 30-07-2021 at 18.40 hrs.
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 becomes effective the day following publication in the BOJA (regionial gazette) which will most lokely be from next Saturday 01-08-2021 morning from 02.00 to 07.00 hrs. The usual exceptions apply such as work, legal obligationis. These were the municipalities above 5.000 inhabitants whose AI(14d) rate was above 1.000 last 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.
The Territorial committee has added all Cordoba and maintained Malaga province in Level 3. All other areas of Andalucia are now 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 .
27-07-2021 From today those 18 years or older in 2021 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. Andalucia President, Manuel Moreno announced last week in Parliament that from this week 16 year olds will be able to book vaccine appointments and in August 12 year olds.
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.
21-07-2021 The Mayor of Malaga Francisco de la Torre now has announced that the Malaga "Feria 2021 is not going to take place", solemn words considering that at the beginning of July his words were "will be in September - in Auguest it will not be". Most towns (with the exception of Estepona) have either cancelled their summer fairs or are holding smaller events.
18-07-2021 The Andalucia Health Minister, Jesús Aguirre said on Friday 16-07-21 that he trusts that hospital pressure will not increase to the same extent that the spread of the virus. Let’s hope he is correct. Watch the green line on the graph above each day (except Sunday) to find out.
The Minister also made a little reported remark at the presentation, mentioning that he was concerned that 358.124 people over 40 had not received a vaccine.
Analysing the age breakdown of persons who have received one dose on our Vaccination page, we note that 98% of over 60 years have already received the first dose. However only 92% of the 50 to 59 year olds and 82% of the 40 to 49 year olds have received the first dose. At first glance this looks fine, but back checking the stats from two weeks ago reveals little progress on these two age groups; increasing by just 2% and 7% respectively. This is at the stage when the main vaccination focus has moved on to appointments for the under 40 years.
This is the first time there has been an mention of non-vaccination rates since 10-01-2021 when he reported that ‘1.57% of people had refused the vaccine offered’.
16-07-2021 Tarifa Live Festival has been cancelled. The first edition of a wide ranging series of summer concerts organised by the Town Hall has been cancelled. Concerts were due take place in open air football stadum with seated and social distancing rules. Last weekend The concerts on 9 July 2021 Malamanera Tarifa and 10 July Nathy Peluso were cancelled due to high wind. Last night the organisors announced that following instructions from Junta de Andalucia due to the high Coronavirus rates in Tarifa; over 1.000 AI(14d) the remaining series was 'posponed until next year'.
Andalucia has administered 9.965.8116 doses since the beginning of the campaign of which 4.632.313 are second or single dose vaccinations. This represents 62% of population (over 12 yrs) fully vaccinated and 75% with at least one dose.
Only 308.880 doses were included in last week's Monday delivery (26-07-2021) less than the previous 8 weeks deliveries. Pfizer was the only supplier this week, first time since the begining of the programme back in January. This took the total number of doses deilvered to over 10 million. Previous week's deliveries were 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 rate of administration maxed in June at 117.000 per day and now is 75.000 (based on average over last week). At this current daily rate of 75.000, it would take 60 days to vaccinate (two doses) all 12 yrs and older in Andalucia. 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 so far. Andalucia health minister warned of a 'frenazo' (large brake) in supply on 29-06-2021. Data to 28-07-2021.
See graph on the Coronavirus Vaccinations page of weekly delivery and predictions.
The number of cases (positive Coronavirus tests) in the last seven days has risen to 22.662 and those with symptoms numbered 2.516 In the last fourteen days positive test were 48.115 and those with symptoms numbered 11.824 giving a Andalucia AI(14d) rate of 568 Cases every day since March 2020 are shown on the graph. There been have been a total of 706.573 positive tests in Andalucia since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, this is about 8% of the population.
The number of tests carried out in the last week was 165.506. The third wave testing peak was 255.313 on 28-01-2021, second wave peak was 158.000 then dropping to a low of 78.000 in early January. The number of tests proving positive is rising and is now 18 % (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 26-07-2021
Confirmed cases that required hospital admission in Andalucia in the last seven days number 581. The total admissions for the pandemic is 51.351. Confirmed cases that required intensive care admission in Andalucia in last seven days was 51 the total for the pandemic is 5.714
The number of Coronavirus patients currently in Andalucia hospitals is 1.215 (the low was 483 on 01-07-2021 from peak of 4.962 on 31-01-2021) of which 225 are currently in intensive care. (the 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 26-07-2021.
There have been 37 deaths in Andalucia in last seven days. The total for the pandemic is 10.268.
The number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days per 100,000 populations in Spain is now 696 and increasing rapidly from 93 on 24-06-2021. (the previous low before Easter was 128 on 16-03-2021, the third wave peak was 890 on 29-01-2021, the second wave peak was 595).
In Andalucia the rate is increasing, now at 551. The recent 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 data above was published on 30-07-2021. Spain data on 29-07-2021.
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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.
08-07-2021 Grant Shapps, UK Transport minister has told MPs that fully vaccinated (two doses from UK NHS plus 14 days) UK residents arriving in England from amber travel list destinations (including Spain) will no longer have to quarantine from 19 July at 04.00 hrs. 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.
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.
01-07-2021 The Mayor of Malaga Francisco de la Torre, hhas announced that the Feria de Málaga "will be in September", "In Auguest it will not be". Other towns are either cancelling the summer fairs or holding smaller events.
29-06-2021 Any British tourist travelling to Spain (from 01-07-2020) need to present certificate of negative Covid-19 test or a certificate of vaccination. In an apparent U-turn on the special arrangement in place since 24-05-2021 as anounced by Pedro Sanchez to the tourist industry at the FITUR trade fair. Full details are awaited but UK traveller are expected to come under the rules that came into force on 07-06-2021 (see below) for those entering Spain by air or sea.
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.
Bars/cafés/restaurants can be open until midnight with up to 8 clients at interior tables and 10 on exterior tables. UPDATE 01-07-2021: Bars can open to 01.00 but not serve after midnight. Pubs (bars with music licence) open to 02.00 with same table number restrictions. Discos can open (except in level Extreme towns) and in level one towns dancing is permitted in the exterior and with face-mask.
At concerts, cinemas, theatres and bullfights in level Low and Medium level towns, empty seats must be kept between groups. In High and Extreme level towns, 1.5m separation must be maintained between groups. The venues will study the rules carefully and consult those already in the weekly updates for the levels of protection measures .
On beaches and at swimming pools there are no general time restrictions. A minimum social distance of 1.5m must be maintained between groups. Town halls may issue special rules as they did in the summer of 2020.
At celebrations a permitted capacity is between 50 and 300 people inside, and 75 to 500 people outside; depending on the level of the town. As restaurants , up to 8 people may be seated at interior tables and 10 on exterior tables.
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.