This is the rolling coronavirus story for Thursday 4 March 2021
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Latest update to the rules in Andalucía - coming into force on Friday (5 March 2021) - municipalities to be reviewed weekly after that
More details about what is happening in Andalucía
Some shops and bars in Andalusia may extend their hours
In municipalities included in health districts with alert level 4 grade 2, the existing measures are maintained as well as in municipalities included in health districts with alert level 3 or alert level 4 grade 1, as up to now; and in municipalities included in health districts with alert level 2 or lower, the hours of shops, activities and services (including hotels) are extended until 9:30 p.m.
Andalusia will maintain most of the preventive and hygienic sanitary measures currently in force in the community with the aim of avoiding a possible fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was taken today at the Palacio de San Telmo, after the meeting of the Advisory Council on High Impact Public Health Alerts, chaired by the president of the Board, Juanma Moreno.
Although the epidemiological and healthcare pressure situation in the autonomous community tends to stabilize, the also known as Committee of Experts has proposed the maintenance of these measures since the levels continue to be high, with records similar to those of the first wave of the month of March.
In recent days, the cumulative incidence of PDIA (Diagnostic Test for Active Infection) at 14 days and at 7 days reflects that the pandemic is in the plateau phase in Andalusia. However, the levels of care pressure in the ICU remain above 20%.
Regarding the incidence of the British strain in Andalusia, the analysis of the technical teams and the genetic sequences determine that it is the cause of 60% of the positives. Likewise, experts have taken into account the current percentage of immunized in Andalusia, which stands at 2.7%, due to the reduced number of doses of vaccines received so far.
Taking into account all these indicators, Andalusia maintains the autonomy perimeter closure, the perimeter closure of provinces; the mobility restriction (curfew) is maintained from 10 pm to 6 am and the perimeter restrictions of the municipalities with more than 500 cases of cumulative incidence in 14 days are maintained. In addition, Alert Level 4 grade 2 will be applied if a municipality exceeds an incidence of 1,000 cases in 14 days, as up to now.
In the case of municipalities with 1,500 or fewer inhabitants, restrictions would not be applied based on their incidence, but rather a specific risk assessment would be made by the Territorial Committee for High Impact Health Alerts. Finally, meetings of 6 people are allowed, except inside the hotel and restaurant premises, where the limitation remains at 4 people.
Regarding schedules and development of activities, in municipalities included in health districts with alert level 4 grade 2, the existing measures are maintained as well as in municipalities included in health districts with alert level 3 or alert level 4 grade 1, such as up to now; and in municipalities included in health districts with alert level 2 or lower, the hours of shops, activities and services (including hotels) are extended until 9:30 p.m. The evaluation of the different levels that correspond to the health districts or areas will be determined tomorrow in the Territorial Committees of High Impact on Public Health.
The new regulated activities are the permission for the development of the activity of non-professional music bands at alert levels 3 and below with specific preventive measures as well as the permission for the development of children's recreational centers at alert level 2 or lower with preventive measures. specific.
Finally, face-to-face activity will be allowed at the University at level 2 or lower.
Andalusia bets on a common strategy for Easter
On the other hand, the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, has transmitted to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, at the meeting of the Interterritorial Council the decision of Andalusia to request a single strategy among all the autonomous communities «so that adopt common criteria at Easter ».
Along with this request, the Andalusian councilor has demanded to include patients with high-risk pathologies in the vaccination against the coronavirus, regardless of the vaccination by age groups, "given the special sensitivity of this sector of the population to Covid- 19, as is the case of transplant patients, cancer patients undergoing treatment or immunosuppressed patients, among others ”.
Finally, Andalusia has once again demanded the administration of the Astrazeneca vaccine to those over 55 and under 65 years of age "so that there are no comparative grievances in this age group."
Stats for the last 24 hours - 126 more cases and 8 more deaths
Contagions double and Almería adds eight new deaths
222 people overcome the disease in this last day
This Wednesday Almería registered the lowest number of infections in 2021, but the new diagnosed cases double on this day. In addition, in the last 24 hours there are eight new deaths to mourn.
The new data update from the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA) shows that the province adds a total of 126 positives this March 4, just double that of yesterday. The new cases detected by Active Infection Diagnostic Tests (PDIA), that is, PCR and antigen tests, have also doubled in Andalusia, a day after the regional government announced the new measures for the community.
And, again, Almería has to regret new deaths this day: eight in the last 24 hours. Since the start of the health alert, last March, 656 people with coronavirus have lost their lives.
This Thursday, the daily data on the evolution of the pandemic, updated by the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography, collect only four new admissions in Almeria hospitals, none in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The ACEI reflects that in the last 24 hours, 222 people with Covid-19 have overcome the virus. In total, there are already 31,175 those recovered in Almería.
Like the Almeria province, the community has seen this Thursday double the infections reported yesterday.
Andalusia added 474 cases this Wednesday, while today they rise to 985 positives.
The death toll on March 4 rises to 41.
Some data that comes hours after the Junta de Andalucía announced the new measures for the community, agreed with the Advisory Council on High Impact Public Health Alerts, which met yesterday afternoon.
In the province of Almería, and for the moment, the situation is not going to undergo great changes compared to the measures that are currently in force.
Cumulative Stats from Almería 360 - El Ejido now has 389.2 cases (approximately 37 fewer than yesterday) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)
An interesting article about possible progress of the vaccination process in Spain in the coming months