Coronavirus in Costa del Sol and Andalucia
Page and section last updated Tuesday 27-10-2020 at 22.55 hrs.
Will andalucia close borders ahead of bank holiday weekend?
27-10-2020 Andalucia President, Juanma Moreno announced that tomorrow morning (Wednesday) he would decide whether to close Andalucia borders with other regions ahead of the bank holiday weekend according to El Mundo newspaper. Sunday 1st November is All Saints day and Monday is a bank holiday. A number of town halls including Ubeda had already expressed their concern about the ability to control ‘clandestine fiestas’ over the weekend. Juan Marin, Vice President had said earlier ‘If we have to close Andalucia, by the criteria of the health experts, we will close.’ This is in strict contrast to his statements the day before, “the possibility of restricting entry to Andalucia on the forthcoming public holiday is not being considered.”
26-10-2020 Andalucia president says he will make and announcement on Wednesday about new measures for Andalucia. They will be taken with 'agility and not impulsively'. The restaurant industry has requested that the 'curfew' be from 24.00 rather than 23.00. Whilst it is being commonly referred to as 'toque de queda' (curfew), Pedro Sanchez insists it is 'night-time movement restrictions'. In other words you can stay in a hotel as long as you arrive by 23.00.
National curfew and state of alarm again
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 inmediate effect. Initially the new state of alarm will cover two weeks, hoowever it is the intention that it should remain in place up 9th May 2021. Congress will need to approve fortnightly extensions. The reason for the State of alarm ‘are clearly justified by the second wave’ and it is the ‘most efficient tool to break the curve of contagious and get the virus under control' explained Sanchez'. 'The objective is to get the cumulative number of coronavirus cases down to 25 per 100,000 inhabitants over a two-week period. Spain currently exceeds 400.' (Update 27-10-2020 Spain is now 436 )
The measures introduced nationally are an obligatory curfew for the entire country from 23.00 to 06.00, with regional presidents having the right to bring forward or back the curfew times by one hour. Exceptions only for going to and from work or caring for elderly.
The decree also limits social meetings between citizens to six people unless they live together.
Regions will also have the capability of closing off towns, provinces or their regional borders except for essential reasons such as going to work. This first decree will NOT see the closure of Spain’s international borders, as was the case during the first wave of the pandemic.
The Canary Islands is exempted from the nighttime curfew in a bid to aid the tourism sector. The islands are also exempt from the UK's inbound 14 day traveler's quarentene.
Andalucia measures over the last few days
The Andalucía Government has being introducing a series of measures over the last few days (see below). Their health minister had said last Thursday that Andalucia does not have any intention to request a ‘state of alarm’ from the national government (as has been done by 8 of the 17 Spanish regions) because it has found an existing legal formula for measures. This followed informal talks with the Andalucia judiciary.
25-10-2020 The initial restrictions on Granada city have been extended to Sevilla, Córdoba and Jaén cities and another 13 towns. The restrictions close cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops at 22.00 and restrict their capacity to 50%. Exceptions are pharmacies and petrol stations. Weddings and religious ceremonies limited to 30 people. Street markets are closed.
The 13 towns are Los Gallardos (Almería), Baeza, Quesada (Jaen), Estepa, Lora de Estepa, Gilena, Marinaleda, Herrera, La Roda de Andalucia, Badolatosa, Utrera, El Castillo de las Guardas, Pedrera, Ecija (Sevilla).
Additionally, Andalucia wide, the number of people that can group to take part in a physical contact sport is limited to six whether in a sport centre or outside. Parks and gardens will be closed as well as childrens’ playgrounds.
This measure was announced 2020 by Andalucía Government health minister last Thursday and published in BOJA on 23-10-2020.
25-10-2020 The Andalucia government has increased the special restrictions on the city of Granada. As well as the curfew from 11.00 to 06.00 hrs, the perimeter of the Granada Metropolitan area will be closed from midnight Sunday night.
The Granada metropolitan area is the health district that covers Granada City and 32 surroundings municipalities namely; Albolote. Alfacar, Alhendín, Armilla, Atarfe, Cájar, Cenes de la Vega, Cijuela, Cullar-Vega, Chauchina, Churriana de la Vega, Dílar, Fuente Vaqueros, Gójar, Guevejar, Huetor-Vega, Jun, Lachar, Maracena, Monachil, Ogíjares, Otura, Peligros, Pinos-Genil, Pinos-Puente, Pulianas, Santa Fe, Viznar, La Zubia, Las Gabias, Valderrubio y Vegas del Genil.
Exceptions are health workers, those completing work obligations, those giving assistance to elderly, young, dependent and especially vulnerable, those going to or returning from a transport hub, force manoeuvre and special justified reason duly accredited.
The circulation of trunk roads and motorways in and Around Granada such as A-92 is permitted as long as the journey does not begin or end in Granada metropolitan area.
Granada is the first Andalucia city to have a curfew since the National state of Alarm ended in June. It was published in the Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía (BOJA) (Andalucia Gazette) on 23-10-2020.
22-10-2020 On Friday 23rd 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.
The number of positive Coronavirus tests in last seven days in Andalucia was 16.273, those with symptoms numbered 1.424. In the last fourteen days positive test were 33.723 and those with symptoms numbered 5.449. Cases every day since March are shown on the graph. There been have been a total of 119.691 positive tests in Andalucia since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Confirmed cases that required hospital admission in Andalucia in the last seven days number 620, the total admissions for the pandemic is 12.271. Confirmed cases that required intensive care admission in Andalucia in last seven days was 25, the total for the pandemic is 1.199.
There have been 117 deaths in Andalucia in last seven days. The total for the pandemic is 2,336.
The number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days per 100,000 populations in Spain is now at 361. In Andalucia is increasing at 327. Madrid has stabalised at 421. Navarra is breaking records at 1.063. Cataluñia is rising again at 447. See chart of cases rates for all 17 regions at the foot of our Confirmed Cases page.
Andalucia data above was published on 27-10-2020.
The confirmed cases, hospitalisation, intensive care, and died by the 8 Andalucia provinces can be seen on the Confirmed Cases page.
Costa del Sol (health district) has recorded 526 cases in the last week and a total of 7.659 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 23, the total admissions for the pandemic is 740. Confirmed cases that required intensive care admission in Costa del Sol in last week was 0, the total for the pandemic is 65.
Costa del Sol (health district) has recorded 108 deaths, 6 in the last week.
Costa del Sol data above was published on 27-10-2020.
Tarifa has recorded 41 cases in the last week, those with symptoms numbered 9. There have been 290 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Tarifa has recorded 6 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Manilva (inc Sabinillas & Puerto Duquesa) has recorded 12 cases in the last week, those with symptoms numbered 2. There have been 59 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Manilva has recorded 0 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Estepona has recorded 47 cases in the last week, those with symptoms numbered 9 There have been 468 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Estepona has recorded 9 deaths since the start of the pandemic, 1 in the last 14 days.
Marbella has recorded 160 cases in the last week, those with symptoms numbered 46. There have been 1,815 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Marbella has recorded 49 deaths since the start of the pandemic, 2 in the last 7 days.
Mijas has recorded 54 cases in the last week, those with symptoms numbered 21. There have been 338 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Mijas has recorded 6 deaths since the start of the pandemic, 1 in the last 14 days.
Fuengirola has recorded 75 cases in the last week, those with symptoms numbered 25. There have been 344 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Fuengirola has recorded 5 deaths since the start of the pandemic, 0 in the last 14 days.
Benalmadena has recorded 46 cases in the last week, those with symptoms numbered 9. There have been 401 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Benalmadena has recorded 24 deaths since the start of the pandemic, 1 in the last 14 days.
Torremolinos has recorded 30 cases in the last week, those with symptoms numbered 15. There have been 497 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Torremolinos has recorded 10 deaths since the start of the pandemic, none in the last 14 days.
Municipal data above published 23-10-2020.
This info source can be seen here.
There are still 66 municipalities in Andalucia (out of 785) whose residents have not recorded a single case. They are mostly small inland villages.
The following municipalities in two rural areas of Malaga province have not recorded any cases:
In Serrania de Ronda; Jubrique, Júzcar, Pujerra, Faraján, Alpandeire, Benadalid, Atajate, and in La Axarquia; Totalán, Salares, Canillas de Albaida.
The following municipality in Cádiz province has not recorded any cases: Torre Alháquime.
The following municipalities in Almeria province have not recorded any cases:
Alboloduy, Alicún, Ohanes, Santa Cruz de Marchena, Santa Fe de Mondújar, Nacimiento, Olula de Castro, Lucainena de las Torres, Alcudia de Monteagud, Benitagla, Senés, Tahal, Turrillas, Velefique, Cóbdar, Chercos, Laroya, Somontín, Suflí, Bayarque, Bayárcal, Paterna del Río.
The following municipalities in Granada:
Jete, Lentegí, Cástaras, Juviles, Lorbas,Turòn, Almegíjar, Caratunes, Pampaneira, Rubite, Villanueva de las Torres, Polícar, Dúdar, Gobernador.
The following municipalities in Huelva province have not recorded any cases:
Alájar, Castaño del Robledo, Santa Ana la Real, La Nava, Cañaveral de León, Cumbres de Enmedio, Hinojales, Berrocal, La Granada de Río-Tinto, Villanueva de las Cruces, San Silvestre de Guzman.
The following municipalities in Jaén province have not recorded any cases:
Carboneros, Hinojares, Sorihuela del Guadalimar.