After three consecutive days registering more than 2,000 daily infections, Andalusia this Saturday has exceeded the rate of 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. On Tuesday the cumulative incidence was 163, on Thursday it reached 180. If this increasing rate continues, the health authorities foresee that Andalusia will again reach the alert level of “extreme risk” by midweek, that is, the level of 250 infected per 100,000 inhabitants. This would force the Board to decide ahead of schedule if it adopts new restrictions on mobility, hours and the closure of commercial activity and the capacity of the hotel industry.
The Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities work with the same “risk traffic light” due to the coronavirus pandemic, with different levels of infections and their respective recommended security measures for each case. Andalusia registered 2,383 new positives this Saturday -third consecutive day above 2,000- and a cumulative incidence of 201.82 cases in the last 14 days. It is in a “high risk” situation, approaching the “extreme risk”, although there are municipalities that already are, localities with a rate higher than 500, which are isolated from their surroundings, and others with an incidence higher than a thousand cases. that have all non-essential business activity closed.
However, at the Health traffic light, the level of “extreme risk” is not determined by only those 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. The incidence in seven days is also looked at, which must be greater than 125 cases; positivity greater than 15%, 20% of hospital beds occupied by Covid-19 patients and 25% occupied in ICUs. Despite the accelerated advance of the fourth wave in recent days, the healthcare pressure in Andalusia is still below these parameters, and the Board trusts that the vaccination rate will eventually bend the contagion curve. At this time there are 1,355 hospitalized -1,372 last Thursday- and 292 in the Intensive Care Units.
The autonomous community has had severe restrictions on mobility for more than a month: a perimeter closure at the regional, provincial and, in some cases, municipal level. The curfew is set between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The shops and the hotel industry managed to make the Board more flexible their hours, from closing at six in the afternoon to opening until 10.30 pm. The maximum number of people that can meet is six outdoors and four indoors, and entertainment venues, bars, discos, theaters, cinemas, etc. have a capacity limited to 50%. Last Wednesday, the regional risk alert committee that advises the Board chose to extend these measures for two more weeks.
Andalusia has administered at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 98.9% of those over 80 years of age -63% have completed the vaccination cycle and the impact of income and positivity of this group is “minimal “, according to the Ministry of Health, and 23.8% of people aged between 70 and 79 years. Regarding the vaccination of risk groups, this Saturday has begun the immunization of cancer patients, immunosuppressed, on dialysis, people with Down syndrome who are over 40 years old. The community has between 20,000 and 25,000 people who are part of these risk groups. The Health Minister, Jesús Aguirre, will propose to the Interterritorial Council that those under 60 years of age who voluntarily want to get the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can request it, as announced by the Chairman of the Board, Juan Manuel Moreno, on Friday.
The Junta de Andalucía has administered until this Friday, April 9, a total of 1,852,525 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 – 91.87% of the doses received – and, specifically, 541,098 people, on the 6th 37% of the population have already received the complete vaccine with both doses, while 770,329 only have the first.
By provinces, in Seville a total of 407,717 doses have been administered and 118,899 people have already completed the vaccine, while in Malaga the total doses so far amounts to 327,726 and the people with both already inoculated are 93,820. In Cádiz there are 257,284 vaccines already administered and the people with the two doses add up to 71,660; in Granada, there are 226,239 administered and 64,415 people with both, and in Córdoba, 209,420 doses and 67,343 people with the complete schedule of the vaccine. Finally, the total of doses administered in Jaén amounts to 159,816, with 49,274 people with both; In Almería, 144,462 and 41,559 have completed the two doses, and in Huelva, the vaccines given are 119,861 and 34,128 people already have both.
Andalusia exceeds the number of 9,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic and half a million people diagnosed with coronavirus.