This is the rolling coronavirus story for Thursday 17 December 2020
Wedding in Adra creates a coronavirus outbreak
Andalucía to stick with Xmas relaxation of the rules?
Changes to alert levels in the province
Changes in alert levels in Almeria due to Covid
The districts of Almería and Poniente go to phase 3? (possible typo - said 2 so I have corrected it to match the text in the article) and Levante-Almanzora to phase 2
The improvement in the epidemiological situation in Almería, with a cumulative incidence already lower than 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks, has caused a change in alert levels throughout the province.
Specifically, as explained by the Minister of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía, Jesús Aguirre, in the case of Almería the health districts of Almería and Poniente fall to level 3, while that of Levante-Alto Almanzora descends to level 2 .
In practice, this means at the health district level that restrictions on capacity in commercial and hospitality establishments are lowered. Until now, the maximum degree of these measures was applied in the areas of Almería and Poniente and now they will have a greater capacity to welcome customers inside establishments.
The measures also affect capacity in other areas, such as religious ceremonies.
The changes in Almería take place after the Territorial Alerts Committee met this morning, chaired by the delegate of Health and Families, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte Mena, as confirmed by the same to this newspaper before the celebration of the Gala of the Almería Awards organized by La Voz and Cadena SER.
Likewise, the changes come when there are news in mobility and the opening of establishments from 00:00 hours this Friday.
Specifically, Andalusia will begin this Friday, December 18, the second phase of the plan to de-escalate restrictions that was announced last week by the president of the Board, Juanma Moreno, and which contemplates, among other measures, that they be allowed again the trips between provinces of the community, and that the catering establishments can open in the strip of 20.00 to 22.30 hours, in addition to doing it until 18.00 hours as before. However, the Andalusian Government does not rule out having to tighten the restrictions again in the coming days depending on the evolution of the pandemic, reports Europa Press.
This was reiterated this Thursday, in an interview on Cadena SER collected by Europa Press, the counselor of the Presidency, Public Administration and Interior and spokesman for the Andalusian Government, Elías Bendodo, who has indicated that the Board is evaluating the situation of the pandemic "day by day", and the current evolution "is positive, better than last week", hence from the regional Executive "we do not contemplate announcing new restriction measures today", but "within a week We will see, "he added.
Stats for the last 24 hours - 175 more cases and 2 more deaths
Covid in Almería: 20,000 infections are exceeded, with 175 new cases
Two deceased in another fateful day in the province
There are already 20,104 people from Almeria who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the province since last March. The data has already been confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía, in the update of the report of the Institute of Statistics and Cartography, the IECA.
In the absence of fully knowing the report, at noon this Thursday it can be advanced that in the last hours a total of 175 new cases of coronavirus have been notified to the Ministry of Health in the province, both those confirmed in PCR tests and tests antigens as in the so-called rapid serological tests.
Also, the day of this Thursday does not throw positive news in the area of deaths, since two more deaths are added in the province. 261 people from Almeria have already lost their lives due to the pandemic.
In the same way, sources from the regional administration have explained to La Voz de Almería that over the last few hours there has been a rebound in the number of hospitalizations in the province, exceeding 110 compared to 101 the previous day.
There are not many variations in the pressure of the ICUs, but the health authorities continue to call for the collective responsibility of the people of Almería.
"We are as concerned about the outbreak originating from a wedding in Adra as well as those that arise from private parties," the territorial delegate for Health and Families, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, spoke to this newspaper this morning.
In the same way, the data is known when there has been a meeting of the Territorial Committee for Health Alerts, which in Almería has decided to lower the districts of Almería and Poniente to level 3 and move to level 2 that of Levante-Alto Almanzora. The first two were until today at level 4 and the Almanzora at level 4.
Starting tonight, mobility between Andalusian provinces will already be allowed. However, it is recalled that traffic between territories is not authorized at night except for just cause.
Cumulative stats based on data from Almería 360