Covid infections rebound timidly, with 299 new cases in the last day

The downward trend in the number of infections due to covid-19 was weighed down today in Castilla y León, after the number of positives has rebounded in 43 cases in the last 24 hours, to 299 compared to 256 the previous day. In any case, they are numbers much lower than those of the last weeks when, for example, at the beginning of the month more than 1,500 infections were registered. The good news comes with the deaths caused by the coronavirus, since 12 victims have been registered, compared to 13 yesterday and 19 on Thursday. In addition, the effect of vaccination is already appreciated after, for the second consecutive day, no deaths have been recorded among residents, neither in hospitals nor in the health centers themselves, according to the data provided by the Board and collected by the Ical Agency.

Data from the Ministries of Health and Family show that the community already accumulates 211,069 infections, of which 204,269 have been diagnosed in active infection tests. Of the positives declared today, 276 were diagnosed the day before.

In parallel form Active outbreaks continue to decline, with 389 and 2,439 linked cases, to which is added that the situation is improving in hospitals, with 128 new discharges. In addition, covid-19 has already claimed the lives of 5,358 people in hospitals in the Community.

The highest number of deaths, with three, has occurred in hospitals in the provinces of Burgos (651), Salamanca (805) and Valladolid (1,056). This data contrasts with the zero victims that have occurred in the last day in Ávila (322), Palencia (413) and Segovia (350). In addition, one death was registered in León (1,106), Soria (245) and Zamora (410).

Regarding the 299 new positives reported today, an upward trend is observed in most of the provinces. León rises to 75, 46 more than yesterday, and continues as the territory that declares more new infections. Burgos follows very closely, with 66, compared to 58 on Friday.

In Valladolid, 52 were notified, six more than yesterday, compared to 27 from Salamanca, 21 from Palencia, twenty from Soria, 17 from Segovia, 14 from Ávila and seven from Zamora.

More than 211,000 infected

The statistics show that throughout the pandemic, 211,069 confirmed by PCR have been infected by covid-19 in Castilla y León, of which 204,269 have been confirmed by tests of active infection. The cases are concentrated in Valladolid, 47,418; Leon, 36,993; Burgos, 30,623 and Salamanca, 29,800. In addition, there are 17,609 in Palencia; 15,362 in Segovia; 12,636 in Zamora; 11,892 in Avila; and 8,736 in Soria.

Fewer sprouts

Regarding the outbreaks, which at the moment continue to fall, of the 389 active today (17 less than yesterday), Burgos concentrates the highest number, with 74,406,357 linked cases. It is followed by Salamanca, with 68 outbreaks and 357 affected, as well as Valladolid, with 64 outbreaks and 423 infected. In León there are 51, with 235 linked infections, while in Soria there are 41, with 426. Segovia has declared 36, with 250 cases; Ávila, twenty, with 183; Palencia, 20, with 79; and Zamora, 15, with 80 cases.

Residences

In the residences, there were no deaths to mourn, just like yesterday. A piece of data that shows the effect of vaccination among residents of these centers. Therefore, the number of deaths from covid remained at 1,802.

The total of deaths confirmed by covid in these months amounts to 2,946. To these should be added another 1,105 with compatible symptoms, 1,028 in residences and 77 in hospitals. The global death toll stands at 4,051, with 2,172 in its facilities and 1,879 in hospitals.

These centers serve 40,872 people. The cumulative mortality rate during the pandemic is 13,314 people, of which 2,946 were confirmed with covid and 1,105 with compatible symptoms.

The positives confirmed in these centers reached 14,836, of the 14,683 they overcame the infection. Today, there is an isolated resident with compatible symptoms, and 428 in preventive without symptoms.

As for the Board’s own residences, today they serve 2,501 people, with 26 hospitalized. Deaths from covid reach 183, although there are another 117 with compatible symptoms. The positives in these centers reach 1,019, with 1,014 who overcame the infection. There are 23 people isolated in a preventive way without symptoms.

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Covid celebrates one year in Malaga with 83,754 infected

It’s been one year. In this time there have been three waves, 83,754 infections, 53,955 recovered and 1,393 deaths. Before Perimeter closures were not used, nor were confinement, nor masks, nor hydroalcoholic gel … People were crowding into Massive events, hugged as much as he wanted, enjoyed long talks in bars without social distance and without capacity … But that was before … When Covid 19 was a problem for Wuhan, a Chinese town thousands of kilometers from Spain. But at the end of February 2020, the first infections were detected of coronavirus in Andalusia and everything changed.

Was the 26 of that month. He was a 62-year-old patient, with pneumonia, admitted to the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville. By pulling the thread, the doctors determined that the patient he had contracted the virus in Marbella. It occurred in a contact that the man had at the end of January with an Asian couple in a bank office in the Malaga town.



Public health experts began to confirm that the Wuhan virus had reached Andalusia. On February 28 it was stated that three other people from Marbella related to the patient admitted to Seville and who had pneumonia too they were infected. And that a fourth, resident in Fuengirola, was positive for Covid. The latter was not related to the three previous cases, but rather had contracted the virus on a trip to Italy, which at the time was the hot zone of the pandemic in Europe. These four infected were isolated in their homes on the Costa del Sol.

Those were the first five infected registered: the one in Seville, the three in Marbella and the one in Fuengirola. One year later there are almost 84,000. Although there is more, because especially at the beginning fewer tests were done and many asymptomatic cases went unnoticed.

A few days later, On March 13, 2020, the first known death with Covid was registered. He was a 70-year-old man, with previous pathologies, who had been admitted to the Vithas Xanit Internacional Hospital in Benalmádena for about two months. A week later, the first person admitted to the Clinic with Covid died. Ironies of life, was the head of anesthesia at that hospital, José Sarmiento.

And for those days too the first admission of a child with Covid occurred in the Maternal, transferred from the Costa del Sol hospital. Fear spread. Fortunately, it was later found that the virus attacked very little in pediatric ages.

But In the last twelve months, 1,393 people have died and 6,922 have had to go through a hospital due to its severity. In addition, health center professionals have sweated under the epis, endured three waves, tracked contacts as if they were detectives and have had to reinvent themselves to respond to a health crisis unprecedented in the last century.

“The worst of this last year were the first months of the pandemic, the uncertainty. We had to make continuous and changing decisions. You made a decision in the morning and you had to reevaluate it two hours later, ”recalls the Chief of Pulmonology and coordinator of the Covid hospitalization area of ​​the Hospital Clínico, José Luis Velasco.

And the best? “The response of the professionals. I stay with that. They were in the first wave when there was applause. And in the second and the third, when no one was clapping anymore ”, he maintains.

Point out that The Clinic has been the hospital that has attended the most Covid patients and that in this third wave 271 patients with the virus have been admitted; almost half the capacity of the health center. “I am surprised by the adaptability of the hospital and how the management has managed to manage it. The companions have all endured; not only pulmonologists and internists [las especialidades más afectadas por el Covid], otherwise all specialties and all categories. It is to make them a monument ”, he highlights. Regarding the transformation that health centers have had to improvise against the clock to adapt to the pressure of care and the double circuit in order to protect non-Covid patients from the virus, he reflects that “it is worthy of a hospital management study.”

Velasco is just one of hundreds of professionals who put on PPE every day, while some deniers on the street refuse to wear a mask. It works at the epicenter of assistance to those infected with the virus. “I don’t like to wear the PPE because when you take it off you are soaked. But I love working in the Covid area with my colleagues”, He assures. He admits that at the beginning of the pandemic, back in March and April, there was fear among professionals. “There was then a certain fear because we did not know what was going to happen. There was many uncertainties and few certainties; which generated unease.

Experts trust that vaccination will curb the number of deaths, 90% over 80 years

After a year of intense work, he maintains that now they are more prepared. “Because we foresee what may come. We know that when infections rise, then hospitalizations will increase ”, he says.

In general, all health centers have been transformed. They have taken services out of their usual location and created beds even in cafeterias. Even have achieved that – due to the urgent need of the Covid – pending works have been unlocked to gain assistance capacity. This is the case of the expansion of the Clinical and Regional ICUs, the work of the Urgencies of the latter hospital, the opening of the Guadalhorce district hospitalization, the start-up of the Estepona Chare or the reactivation of the project to expand the Costa del Sol in Marbella.

The Regional It has also shared with the rest of the public and private hospitals the burden of responding to the pandemic. From this health center the preparation of extraordinary resources has been coordinated at the provincial level – such as the auxiliary hospital in Carranque – in case the increased beds in the existing hospitals were insufficient.

Also the primary care –Which is now focusing its efforts on vaccination against covid, tracing and on continuing to treat other pathologies as before– has played a fundamental role in stopping the spread of the virus. They have had to readjust with the telephone consultations, the double circuit and the performance of PCR.

After a year of hard work And with the experience of providing assistance in the epicenter of the fight against Covid, Velasco is moderately optimistic. Specifies that around 90% of the deceased were older than 80 years. How that is exactly the age group in which the vaccination is the most advanced, estimates that this immunization “will help us” to control the virus. Then he remembers: “I have seen people over 80 years old, autonomous, happy …” The interview for this report is by telephone. Communication is interrupted. It looks like a technical problem. But not. It is the emotion of the pulmonologist that leaves him speechless for a few moments. Then he continues: “… and a week or 10 days later they had died.”

Therefore, this specialist insists that social distance, hand hygiene and the use of masks must be maintained. Even in those people who are vaccinated with both doses. The physician does not rule out a fourth wave. But he remarks that the vaccination and the responsibility of all depend on it not taking place.

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Aragon reports 187 new cases of covid, 16 fewer, and 2 deaths

Public Health has notified 187 new contagionss of covid-19 detected on Friday in Aragon, 16 less than those confirmed a day before, with a 7.79% positivity resulting from 2,400 diagnostic tests, and both hospitalized patients and ICU admissions fell. The data for this Friday are the lowest reported in Aragon since last January 1, when 153 cases of covid-19 were registered.

According to the definitive data published this Saturday in the Transparency Portal by the Government of Aragon, 141 of the new cases correspond to the province of Zaragoza, 33 to that of Huesca and 12 to that of Teruel and in 1 case it has not been possible to detect provenance. Of the total tests, 1,576 have been PCR, with a positivity of 7.61%, and 824 antigen tests, of which 8.13% have been positive.

Since the start of the pandemic, people who have contracted the coronavirus in Aragon amount to 107,591 and 98,782 those who have exceeded it, of which 566 were discharged yesterday. The number of people killed by covid-19 amounts to 3,309, eight more than those notified yesterday on the portal, 2 in the previous twenty-four hours, both in the province of Zaragoza.

By age group, no case has been diagnosed in children under one year of age and there are 25 positives in people between 1 and 14 years old; 16 in those ranging from 15 to 24 years old; 17 in those aged 25 to 34; 20 from 35 to 44 years old; 38 from 45 to 54 years old; 26 infected from 55 to 64 years; 15 positives from 65 to 74 years and 25 cases in those older than 75 years, and in 5 cases it was not possible to identify sex or age.

Of the newly infected, 48% are men and the other 52%, women, and 43% of the total are asymptomatic.

By health areas, the one on Avenida Cataluña in Zaragoza is the only one that exceeds ten cases, with a total of 14, followed by Torrero-La Paz, also in the Aragonese capital, with 9, Binéfar and Calatayud Urbana with 7, and with 6 cases each Casetas, Miralbueno-Garrapinillos, San José Sur, Santa Isabel and Univérsitas .

By health sectors, the three of Zaragoza added 126 infections (67.38%), followed by Barbastro with 20 (10.70%), Calatayud with 14 (7.49%), Huesca with 13 (6.95%), Alcañiz with 10 (5.35%) and Teruel with 2 (1.07%), while in 2 cases (1.07%) the sector could not be identified.

By province capitals, 106 infections were detected in Zaragoza (56.68%), in Huesca 8 (4.28%) and in Teruel 1 (0.53%).

This Friday, 356 people were admitted to Aragonese hospitals, 25 less than the day before, of which 73 were in the ICU, two less than the day before.

Regarding the distribution by public hospitals, those who receive the most covid patients are Miguel Servet (93 with 27 in the ICU) followed by the University Clinic (75 with 19 in the ICU), the Royo Villanova (57 with 10 in the UCI), Bishop Polanco de Teruel (26 with 4 in ICU), San Jorge de Huesca (18 with 3 in ICU), Nuestra Señora de Gracia (16 admitted, 4 of them in ICU), Barbastro (16 with 2 in the UCI), Ernest Lluch de Calatayud (14) and Alcañiz (14).

In private hospitals there are 15 covid patients admitted, of which 4 are in the ICU: two in the MAZ and two in the Quirón Hospital.

Aragon has 73 ICU beds with a respirator, 6 without a respirator and 1,436 conventional hospital beds available.

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An Oxford study says that the British app against Covid prevented 600,000 infections

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Updated:02/27/2021 02: 06h

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The contact tracing app launched by the British Health Service (the NHS) to combat the Covid-19 pandemic prevented transmission of the virus in about 600,000 people, according to estimates by researchers at the University of Oxford and the Alan Turing Institute, although the range is between 317,000 and 914,000, data that contrasts with the worst performance of Radar Covid, the similar application used in Spain.

“Our analysis shows that the NHS Covid-19 app sends exposure notifications to relevant contacts,” he explained. Christophe Fraser, professor of pathogen dynamics in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford, who acknowledged that, extrapolating the data to the mortality rate, it can be said that the use of the application prevented “thousands of deaths”, although it did not give a figure.

Along with the German and Swiss apps, the British one is one of the most widely used in the world. So far, it has been downloaded to 21 million mobile phones, and as of December it had sent 1.7 million notifications, many of them inviting people to self-confine after having been in contact with an infected person. In fact, one of those contacted through this system was the Minister of Health, Matt Hancock. Despite the good news, the research team acknowledges that their observations are only preliminary, and that “the main limitation of our analysis is that it is an observational study” so that “it is still possible that changes in the use of the application over time and in different geographies reflect changes in other interventions ”. And although according to the study data 16.5 million people use it regularly, there are millions who have already deactivated or uninstalled the app. Still, “the NHS Covid-19 application runs on tens of millions of phones, making it one of the most downloaded medical software products in the world,” said Wolfgang Emmerich, CEO of Zühlke UK, the company. Switzerland that developed the app.

Its use could also be extended to one of the most controversial issues that are on the table right now: the use of proof of vaccination to be able to travel or to access certain places, such as bars, restaurants, live events or discos. This test could be included within the app, which would then become a de facto certificate of digital immunity, an idea that is increasingly spoken of both for national and foreign use and one of whose flaggers is precisely former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who believes that its use will be “inevitable.” And in addition to the vaccine data, it could also include negative results from PCR tests. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged the “deep and complex issues” surrounding the introduction of immunity certificates, explaining that the government is doing an in-depth review because “there are deep and complex issues that we need to explore, and ethical questions about what is the role of the government in ordering or prohibiting people from doing this or that ”.

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Covid: China denies doing anal coronavirus tests on US diplomats – Asia – International


China on Thursday denied asking US diplomats to submit to anal tests to covid-19, after US media reported that workers from the US State Department complained of being forced to do so.

(In context: China now does anal tests for coronavirus cases)

China, which largely managed to control the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in its territory, said last month that diagnostic tests
Anal are more effective than nasal, since the virus can stay longer in the digestive system.

According to the American media Vice Y Washington Post, State department employees deployed to China complained of having had to undergo an anal test for COVID-19 “by mistake”, despite the fact that, in principle, they are exempt from it.

Asked about it at a press conference, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry denied this information. “China has never required US diplomats to undergo anal sampling,” Zhao Lijian said.

China has never required US diplomats to undergo anal sampling

During a recent spike in covid-19 cases in Beijing, the rectal smear diagnostic method, and its use was also ordered in international travelers arriving in Beijing, where they must also comply with a quarantine.

A foreign diplomat said that he had declined to submit to such
test after being quarantined at his home upon his return to China. According to him, those responsible for the examination did not insist.

In any case, common detection methods are sure to remain the most widely used, because the anal test is “less practical”, according to Chinese officials quoted by the press.

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Soltec Stock Price | Soltec accuses the COVID blow and enters losses after leaving 4.9 million

Soltec has accused the impact of Covid-19. The solar tracker company has presented its results for 2020 and has been penalized by the health and economic crisis caused by Covid-19 since its revenues have plummeted 34%, to 356.8 million euros, while it has entered the red after losing 4.9 million compared to the 1.3 million that it obtained in profit in 2019.

The company has highlighted as key aspects that 2020 has been an exceptional year due to the unexpected crisis of Covid-19, which It had a strong impact on its clients, suffering delays in some of its projects. This project postponement during 2020 was due to a combination of port congestion, labor constraints at project sites, and interconnection and financing delays, along with an increase in solar panel costs.

This poor result has caused Soltec to be among the most penalized companies on the Spanish stock market this Thursday. The listed solar trackers suffers a penalty of close to 10% and their securities are trading at 9.26 euros per share. In fact, and after the meteoric rise it experienced after its debut at the end of October and during 2020, the listed company has experienced a great setback this year as it suffers a fall of around 30%.

Soltec Industrial recorded the impact of Covid-19 mainly in the second and fourth quarters due to the delay in the recognition of its sales, together with the increase (as a percentage of sales) of certain items of expenses related to the pandemic (personnel, supplies and transport, insurance and external services). In fact, the losses between October and December were 11.9 million euros.

Despite the cyclical impact derived from the pandemic, Soltec Industrial closed the year with record operating indicators. Thus, it achieved an increase in the backlog of 190 million euros (1,891 MW), 48% more compared to 2019, and 2,665 million euros of pipeline (24,340 MW), 152% more.

The company foresees a recovery for this year since it will have 3,056 MW in 2021, which represents more than 896 million euros and that will be recognized between 2021-2023. The energy company will focus on new markets to benefit from the growth of photovoltaic solar energy around the world. Soltec will rotate more than 1 GW (totally or partially) in Spain, Italy and Brazil and will break into other countries such as the United States and Colombia.

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Telefónica Spain reduces revenues by 3.5% due to Covid and tough competition | Companies

Telefónica Spain recorded revenues in 2020 of 12,401 million euros, 3.5% less in year-on-year terms, in a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the tightening of competition in the market as a whole. The operator has indicated that the impact of Covid-19 has been 480 million.

In the fourth quarter, the teleco registered a slight improvement. Revenues in this period decreased 2.9% year-on-year, compared to a 4.3% drop in the third quarter, improving its trend, both in the sale of handsets (-24.5%; +1.4 percentage points compared to to the third quarter) and in service revenues (-2.1% year-on-year, +1.5 percentage points compared to the period between July and September).

In the fourth quarter, retail revenues fell 2.7% year-on-year, improving their performance thanks to higher growth in IT revenues and less erosion of non-convergent communications revenues. For its part, wholesale and other revenues grew again (+ 0.2% year-on-year) supported by a better performance of MVNOs revenues and a lesser deterioration in roaming revenues. In the year, however, they fell 3.1%.

Fourth quarter Oibda fell 4.7% mainly due to the impact of Covid-19, estimated at approximately 5.7 percentage points (79 million) but improved its year-on-year decline compared to the 4.8% drop in the third quarter , since the generation of efficiencies continues in network and systems expenses, commercial expenses and, to a lesser extent this quarter, in personnel expenses derived from the restructuring plan. Consequently, the 2020 Oibda fell by 5.2%, to 5,046 million euros. The OIBDA margin stood at 41.1% in the fourth quarter (-0.8 percentage points year-on-year) and at 40.7% in the total for the year (-0.7 percentage points).

Investment (CapEx) in 2020 fell by 15.2%, to 1,408 million euros, despite the advancement of NGN networks (FTTH and 5G), with more than 2.1 million real estate units passed in the year with fiber, due to the generation of efficiencies, the lower investment in legacy and the rationalization linked to Covid-19.

According to Telefónica, the management focused on cash generation allows OIBDA-CapEx to reach 3,638 million in 2020, with a decrease of 0.5%, and to increase 0.7% in the fourth quarter; with an OIBDA-CapEx margin in 2020 that remains at record levels of almost 30% (+0.9 percentage points).

In the call conference with analysts that followed the presentation of the annual accounts, the CEO of Telefónica, Ángel Vilá, highlighted the high capacity of the Spanish subsidiary to generate operating cash despite the impact of Covid-19. Thus, OIBDA-CapEx exceeds 3,600 million, practically stable compared to the previous year, and grew by 0.7% year-on-year in the fourth quarter (+6.2 pp compared to the third quarter) due to the sequential improvement in revenues from service (+1.5 pp) and the Oibda.

During the fourth quarter, the company focused on more moderate promotions and value generation by fostering a more rational market (in line with the “more for more” strategy). Thus, as of January 2021, the speed offered in fiber has increased to 1 Gb and DAZN and Disney + Star have been added to the content offer. “This greater market rationality is reflected in lower registrations in the quarter, although the prospects in the medium term and sustainability improve ”, says the company.

Total accesses (41.3 million) fell by 1% year-on-year impacted by the market rationalization initiative (-68,000 in fixed broadband, and an increase of 19,000 in mobile postpaid) to strengthen churn and preserve the value of the plant . In pay TV, accesses fell by 70,000 due to the drop in lower-value customers, although the performance of higher-value customers continued to be positive.

Fiber accesses connected to the network (retail and wholesale) reached 7.2 million, after adding 167,000 in the quarter (57,000 retailers) and already represent 77% of the retail broadband and 75% of the wholesale base.

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“When we regain mobility, the British will continue to be the main tourist on the Costa del Sol”

This summer may be that of the recovery of international tourism and in this, the central government assures that it is working, with no date yet. That is what the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés, has hinted in La Mañana de Andalucía where they have said that “Talking about dates does not help because the epidemiological conditions are going to determine decision-making, but the measures underway have to help make mobility a reality”.

Either way, summer is viewed with optimism. “We have control and protection, testing at origin and now vaccination. And that should allow us to think about what In the summer, the beginning of the recovery of mobility can take place and the closest thing is the United Kingdom, which hopes to open its borders on May 17“, he said. In this sense, the Brexi it will not be a problem as soon as that mobility recovers. “We have been working on this for months if not years. I have met with the British Ambassador to discuss the prospects for mobility with the UK and on the Brexi. And in this sense, Spain has established a transition process so that Brexit is not noticed in the tourism sector. This tourist will go through fast lines with digital passport control, he will not have problems with health care or driving licenses for the ‘rent a car’. So as soon as we recover mobility, Brexit should not be an inconvenience so that the British continue to be the main tourist in places like the Costa del Sol “, he has detailed.

As for national tourism, he has confirmed that they are working on the resumption of Imserso trips as the minister anticipated. “We hope that a program so dear and necessary for a group that has suffered greatly in the pandemic can be reactivated, Whenever the health authorities enable it, it will be from October and on the usual calendar. We are taking the steps to process the corresponding file“, has clarified.

On the other hand, Fernando Valdés has confirmed that he is very aware of Andalusia and “On March 9 I will have a meeting with the vice president of the Board, Juan Marín, and on March 24 with the mayor of Alcalá la Real”, in the latter case to try to unblock the paralysis of the Parador de Turismo that was approved in 2006 but is still on the table.

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The Covid rate in Malaga continues to fall and is approaching 250, the limit to get out of extreme risk

The coronavirus rate in Malaga, one of the indicators most closely monitored by health authorities to apply restrictions, continues to fall. This Tuesday, the province had an incidence of 269.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, which was almost twenty points less than the previous day.

If this rate of decline is maintained, the data could be below 250 cases of incidence this week, where the border between the extreme risk level –Current now– and the high risk –which ranges from 150 to 250–, according to the protocol agreed by the Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities.



As well Malaga capital, which on February 1 reached 1,008 incidence cases, continues to reduce this rate and is already in the 258. 29 Malaga municipalities continue to be at extreme risk, including Malaga capital and other large towns such as Marbella (469.4), Estepona (479.9), Mijas (284.6), Fuengirola (310.2) and Ronda (495.1) . The latter, if it maintains the trend, may leave the perimeter closure this weekend.

Specifically, there are four localities that continue with rates above 500 cases, from which measures are applied. Three of them remain above 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. They are Árchez (1,039.0), Benaoján (1,170.0) and Montejaque (1,475.2). The fourth is Gaucín (566.4).

The Territorial Committee for High Impact Public Health Alerts of Malaga meets again this Thursday afternoon to analyze the epidemiological situation and update the list of municipalities affected by the restrictions. Until then, ten locations are closed perimeter, so you cannot enter or exit them despite the drop in rates in recent days. Among these are Marbella, Estepona, Ronda and Manilva. There are four other towns with their non-essential activity (bars and shops) closed.

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Public health beyond Covid | Economy

EL PAÍS, CincoDías and the SER chain organize a virtual meeting in which several experts will discuss the collateral effects of the covid. An event that will reflect on the scope that the pandemic has had in the prevention and treatment of other diseases. This dialogue will take place on February 24 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and can be followed in the digital editions of EL PAÍS, CincoDías and the SER network.

The event will have the participation of the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, who will be the one to open the day. The nephrologist Rafael Matesanz, creator of the National Transplant Organization (ONT), will participate in a discussion table with María Neira, director of the Department of Public Health and Environment of the World Health Organization (WHO) and member of the Council Scientist at the Fundación España Salud, and Rafael Bengoa, former Minister of Health and Consumption of the Basque Country. Carmen Montón, permanent observer ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health Organization will also participate in the event.

The forum will dedicate a space for presentations and dialogues on chronic diseases, children as collateral victims of the pandemic, cancer and other rare diseases. Some of the participants in these debates are Ishtar Espejo, director of the Aladina Foundation; the epidemiologist Salvador Peiró, who is also a communicator on health issues and a member of the Association for Health Economics; Raquel Jiménez García, head of Pediatrics at the Niño Jesús University Children’s Hospital in Madrid, or Eduardo Díaz-Rubio, professor and head of Oncology at the San Carlos Clinical Hospital in Madrid.

The event can be followed through the websites of EL PAÍS, CincoDías and the SER chain. The event has the collaboration of the Fundación España Salud and the sponsorship of the Takeda laboratory.

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