This is the rolling coronavirus story for Thursday 17 September 2020.
Stats for the last 24 hours - big increase in cases in the province compared with last couple of days - plus 4 more deaths
The coronavirus hits hard: 152 more positives and 4 deaths
After several days with fifty cases, Almería registers a significant rise
The optimism generated in the province after the data on the evolution of the pandemic in recent days jumps through the air after knowing the figures for this Thursday.
Almería has gone from confirming 49 cases of coronavirus this Wednesday to registering 152 new positives in 24 hours, returning to the worrying figures of a few days ago.
To this abrupt rise in infections in the last hours, we must add four new deaths in the province, according to data consulted by Europa Press on the website of the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA). With these new deaths, there are already 104 people who have lost their lives since the beginning of the pandemic last March.
The Junta de Andalucía made this Wednesday a call for caution after two days of encouraging data. “In Almería we are containing the spread of the virus and the number of hospitalizations is decreasing. Three or four weeks ago we reached about 120 and now we are reaching 60 or 70 hospitalizations. Therefore, we are happy with the evolution that the pandemic is taking in Almería, but we have to be prepared and that is why the Junta de Andalucía has created a Comprehensive Plan for the whole of Andalusia that will already be specified in this province ”, the delegate of Health, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte.
The beginning of the school year and its impact on the evolution of the pandemic in the province continues to worry. According to data provided this Thursday by the regional government, the coronavirus affects a total of twelve classrooms in eight educational centers in Huércal de Almería, Macael, the capital, Vícar and Cuevas del Almanzora. Covid has an impact on 0.30 percent of students and 0.40 percent of teachers.
Andalusia adds this Thursday, September 17, 25 deaths from Covid-19 coronavirus and 1,389 cases confirmed by PCR, the highest daily increases of both parameters in the second wave of the pandemic.
The province with the highest number of positives in the last 24 hours is Malaga again, with 350, followed by Seville with 328, Cádiz with 179 and Almería with 152.
Almeria 360 data per municipality - back again after the data was not published on the site yesterday for some reason
As usual, see the tables in the Spanish story.
Please note that they have now decided to drop the data about number of people who have recovered from the virus. This has been replaced with a count of deaths.
I have updated my cumulative data to reflect this change.
Cumulative Almería 360 data about the province and municipalities (updated as described above)
Just a bit of commentary about the data above. For a change.
It looks like the average number of cases per day being reported in the El Ejido area is on a downward trend. Based on both the 14 and 7 day data.
However I have a feeling that we might see an increase in the El Ejido data in the next few days. As the council is doing mobile serology tests now. I think these will highlight people who have or have had the virus. Based on antibodies I think.
Anyone who tests positive in this way is then expected to take a PCR test. The PCR test shows whether you have the virus now.
The counts that are published generally are only results from PCR tests. So, I am assuming that some (but not all) of the people who tested positive in the serology tests in the last couple of days will soon be added to the counts of the number of PCR test positives.
I guess we will have to wait and see.