Monday, January 18

30 confirmed cases and eight Andalusian municipalities closed



Despite the ban on travelers from the United Kingdom after the discovery of the new, much more contagious strain of the coronavirus, cases have already multiplied around the world. This Saturday the Community of Madrid has reported that, in total, in the region there are 9 confirmed and another 30 cases under study. The calculations, in the absence of official data, are close to 30 confirmed and another 40 under study.

For its part, the Junta de Andalucía has decided to decree the perimeter closure of the eight municipalities integrated into the Campo de Gibraltar East and West health areas by presenting the highest incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days in Andalusia, standing at 316 cases compared to 140 for the Andalusian average, a high alert level of healthcare pressure in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and the proliferation of cases linked to the British strain of Covid-19 in Gibraltar. In fact, confirmed cases linked to the British strain amount to a total of seven in Andalusia during the last hours. Of these cases, three are registered in the province of Malaga, two in Granada, one in Seville and another in the Campo de Gibraltar area. “All of them have good clinical evolution,” he points out.

It was precisely Andalusia who at the beginning of the week Andalusia reported five cases, and then the Community of Madrid followed, which added two on Monday and two on Tuesday.

On Wednesday another six positives were also reported: five in the Valencian Community and one in Galicia. In the Valencian Community, three come from the province of Valencia and two from Alicante. Some of them had traveled to the region on the occasion of the Christmas holidays from their residence in London.

To these five cases notified by Health, the positive detected by the Xunta de Galicia is added: a patient from Santiago de Compostela who is part of the seven possible infections of the new variant of the virus which are currently under study in the region, according to the Xunta’s Health Minister, Julio García Comesaña.

On Thursday, the last day of the year, they reported their findings as well Asturias and the Basque Country. The Epidemiological Surveillance Service of the Principality of Asturias detected two cases of the new British strain of Covid-19 and is investigating whether there are more infections of this variant in a family outbreak in Avilés in which four positives have been registered, according to the Ministry of Health. The regional executive launched a screening week among travelers who arrived in Asturias since December 8 from the United Kingdom, who until now had not detected any positive among the people who underwent a PCR test.

The six cases detected in the Basque Country They are already in home isolation, as are their close contacts, as reported by the Health Department, which does not specify where the infections have occurred. Those infected by this variant of the virus have not developed serious symptoms or required hospital or emergency care.

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