This is the rolling coronavirus story for Thursday 17 March 2021
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Vaccination stats published yesterday afternoon with data up to Tuesday 16 March 2021 - over 1 million more doses distributed to the regions for them to use
Restrictions across Spain for Easter (plus some other info for Andalucía and elsewhere)
Spain, AstraZeneca and blood clots (ahead of the announcement from the EMA due later today)
Changes in measures in the province of Almería from midnight tonight
Bars and shops may open in Almería until 10:30 p.m. from Friday
The curfew is delayed until 11 p.m. and will last until 6 a.m.
Andalusia already knows how Easter will be lived in the autonomous community. Juanma Moreno, president of the Board, appeared this afternoon at 8.30 pm after the meeting of the Advisory Council on High Impact Public Health Alerts (Committee of Experts). A meeting in which the measures that affect mobility between the provinces, the curfew and the hours of shops and catering establishments have been studied.
"The situation continues to be serious and unpredictable," the Andalusian president said at the beginning of his speech, who has stressed on several occasions that the decisions taken can lead to "disappointment" on the part of the Andalusians.
After recalling that the South African strain is already present in Andalusia and that the British strain is already 80% dominant in provinces such as Almería, the president pointed out that experts indicate that right now we are on a plateau but that the trend is that the contagion curve will rise again as of next week, according to data from the Carlos III Institute's predictions group, which uses a model based on artificial intelligence.
And what are the agreed measures? The most anticipated, mobility between the provinces, will not finally take place. "I know that many of you may be disappointed and that you do not understand," he stressed again before announcing that the closure of the eight provinces will be maintained for the next three weeks. "I have given it a thousand laps but we believe that it is the most prudent, sensible and opportune decision to avoid a fourth wave as aggressive as the one we live after Christmas," Moreno said. The autonomous community, as all in Spain as agreed with Health, will also continue with perimeter closure as a whole.
The formulas that will mark which municipalities must undergo perimeter closure (those with more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and those that must close all non-essential activities (those with 1000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) are also maintained.
However, there will be some relaxation regarding schedules so that citizens have more "margin of movement", at least within their respective provinces: the curfew will now begin at 11 pm and will last until 6 am . In addition, the business hours will be unified: they may be open until 10:30 p.m., half an hour before the start of the curfew.
In Almería, bars, restaurants and shops have to close at 6:00 p.m. as the entire province is on alert level 3 until this Thursday, March 18. According to the words of Juanma Moreno, this norm falls (except in localities with a rate higher than 1,000 cases), although it will be necessary to see what the High Impact Public Health Alert Committee of Almería says in this regard when it meets this Thursday.
Likewise, the meetings are still limited to 6 people, both privately and publicly outside bars and restaurants, but not inside, where no more than 4 people can share a table.
These measures, after being published in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía, will continue from Friday, March 19 until Friday, April 9. They could be reviewed and altered earlier, Moreno recalled, if the pandemic situation worsens.
This is how things remain as of Friday, March 19
Can we move between the Andalusian provinces this holidays?
No. The perimeter closure of the Autonomous Community is maintained, from which you can only enter or leave with just cause. And the limitation of mobility between provinces is maintained.
Does the curfew change?
Yes. It will start at 23:00 and will last until 6:00 in the morning.
What closing hours do bars, restaurants and shops have?
The hours are unified and the commerce and the hotel industry will be able to open until 10:30 p.m., half an hour before the start of the curfew.
How many people can I meet?
6 people, both privately and publicly outside bars and restaurants, not inside, which cannot be more than 4.
How long do these measures last?
They come into force this Friday, March 19 and will last until Friday, April 9.
Stats for the last 24 hours - 153 more cases and 2 more deaths
Almería once again adds more than 150 positives and exceeds 700 deaths
The provincial incidence rate rises again, as is that of the capital of Almería
The province again registers more than 150 new positives this Thursday, to which we must add two deaths. Some deaths that bring to more than 700 deaths registered in Almería since the beginning of the pandemic, last March.
The latest data update by the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA) shows that Almería has this day a total of 153 positives detected in the last 24 hours through PDIA tests (PCR technique or rapid antigen test). This Wednesday there were 164 new cases of coronavirus.
701 people with Covid-19 have lost their lives since the start of the health pandemic, after the two deaths in the last hours.
The good news that arrives this Thursday from the hospitals is that no coronavirus infected has needed to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), although 20 more people have required hospitalization in one of the health centers in the province.
The number of people cured in the last 24 hours falls this Thursday to 187. In Almería, a total of 34,187 people have already overcome the virus.
The evolution of the pandemic in Almería has not been favorable in recent days, as shown by data from the IECA. And it is that the accumulated incidence rate rises again in the province and stands at 237.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (yesterday it was 235.9 infections). The same occurs in the capital, where it rises to 262.8 positive (this Tuesday it was 258.8).
Andalusia this Thursday exceeds 1,000 cases and adds 40 deaths from coronavirus.
The 1,066 positives for this day are recorded after four consecutive days below a thousand. Seville is the province that has registered the most positives with 222, followed by Granada with 212, Malaga with 200, Almería with 153, Cádiz with 116, Córdoba with 83, Jaén with 55 and Huelva with 25.
Granada is the province with the most deaths this Thursday with twelve, followed by Malaga with seven; Seville, Cádiz and Huelva, with five each; Córdoba with three; Almería with two; and Jaén with one.
The cumulative incidence rate of the autonomous community drops almost two points after four consecutive days of increases and stands at 121.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
Cumulative Stats from Almería 360
El Ejido now has 309.2 cases (approximately 5 more than yesterday) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)
Poniente Region now has 303.8 cases (approximately 12 more than yesterday) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease) NOTE: If it is above 250 on Thursday we will probably move up a grade in the restrictions at 00:01 on Friday morning