This is the rolling coronavirus story for Friday 22 January 2021
As expected El Ejido municipality is closing it's perimeter at midnight tonight
These are the 57 municipalities of Almería with perimeter closure
34 of them will also have closed bars and non-essential shops as of Saturday
The Territorial Committee for High Impact Public Health Alerts of Almería has met again this Thursday, electronically, in a meeting chaired by the territorial delegate for Health and Families, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte Mena, to analyze the epidemiological data incidence of Covid-19 in the province.
As a result of that meeting, it has been determined that the municipalities that have between 500 and 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and that therefore maintain the perimeter closure are Abla, Almería, Beires, Canjáyar, Gérgal, Huécija, Huércal de Almería, Lucainena de las Torres, Padules, Armuña del Almanzora, Bédar, Cantoria, Huércal Overa, Líjar, Macael, Pulpí, Serón, Turre, Balanegra, El Ejido, Felix, Laujar de Andarax and Roquetas de Mar.
Meanwhile, the municipalities in the province of Almería with more than 1,000 cases per inhabitant and that are affected by both the perimeter closure and the closure of non-essential activity are Alhama de Almería, Almócita, Benahadux, Carboneras, Fiñana, Gádor, Níjar, Pechina, Rioja, Santa Cruz de Marchena, Sorbas, Tabernas, Viator, Albox, Antas, Arboleas, Chirivel, Cóbdar, Cuevas del Almanzora, Fines, Los Gallardos, Garrucha, María, Mojácar, Olula del Río, Oria, Partaloa, Purchena, Taberno, Urrácal, Vélez Blanco, Vélez Rubio, Vera and Adra.
In the province, as of today, there is no municipality that comes out of confinement for having less than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The aforementioned measures come into force at midnight on Saturday, January 23 after their publication in BOJA. Until that moment, the municipalities remain in the situation previously awarded and affected by the measures corresponding to that situation. The minimum period of compliance with the measures has been established in 14 days.
Breakdown of recent infections in the province by age
The Covid figures in Almería: almost 40% of those infected are young
Of the 3,580 cases reported in a week, more than 1,300 are under 29 years old
The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is notably affecting people from Almeria who are under 30 years old.
If in the first wave the group most affected by Covid-19 was the one that grouped people over 65, the trend has been totally reversed. At least in the province of Almería.
The report of the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia (IECA) corresponding to the day of January 20 sheds light on what percentage of affected there is in each age segment among the Almeria population. And the data that is offered is not at all comparable to that offered in the past spring of 2020: the pandemic is no longer a thing of the elderly, it is increasingly so of young people and children.
The IECA website offers accumulated data for the last 14 days and for the last week. To analyze the records, the data corresponding to the last week has been taken into account, which is when the infections have soared the most, with a daily average of 500.
In the province as a whole, a cumulative figure of 3,580 infections is pointed out, of which almost 40 percent correspond to children under 30 years of age.
Specifically, of the 3,580, 513 correspond to those from Almeria who are up to 14 years old, that is, those who are studying Infant and Primary and the first years of Secondary.
Infections by age in the last week - see diagram in Spanish article
This number of infections in Almeria between 0 and 14 years represents 14.33 percent of the provincial total.
The latest data provided by the Board reveals that, at present, there are around 80 closed classrooms in educational centers. It represents 1.1 percent of the provincial total, but it is also significant that Almería and Málaga are the areas of the Andalusian autonomous community with the highest number of students who have been sent home to quarantine for being positive for Covid-19 or having had close contact with someone infected.
In any case, the Board maintains that there are "safe classrooms" and there are no reasons to decree the massive closure of centers in the middle of the third wave.
In the next age group analyzed are people from Almeria between 15 and 29 years of age. They represent, with 806 infections in the last seven days, 21.51 percent of the provincial total.
This segment includes students in the last years of Secondary and Baccalaureate and university and the group in search of their first job. About 100 positives have been counted on the UAL Campus since the beginning of the course. In almost the entire period, the classes have been non-contact.
Christmas has also had its ‘secondary’ effects among the people of Almeria between the ages of 45 and 64. They are the most numerous of the total (990) and represent 27.65 percent of those infected with coronavirus.
With between 30 and 44 years, the absolute figure rises to 818, with a percentage that is close to 23 percent of the provincial total, according to the data collected in the latest report from the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography, dependent on the Ministry of Economy.
The data are conclusive: currently only 13 percent of infections in the province of Almería are located in people over 65, according to the statistics collected by the IECA for the last week.
Thus, of the 3,580 cases declared in the middle of this month of January to the Ministry of Health, 413 correspond to people from Almeria who are over 65 years old.
The data shows that the elderly are increasingly protected from the coronavirus. Among those older than 85 years, they barely represent 3 percent of the provincial total of infections.
And that protection will be greater in the coming weeks when the group is fully vaccinated.
Stats for the last 24 hours - 823 more cases and 8 more deaths
More than 820 infections and 8 deaths: Almería once again breaks its own record
The concern is maximum in the province and all the alarms go off
The province is pulverizing, day by day, its own contagion data. This Friday, Almería exceeds 800 positives for the first time and adds eight new deaths. The concern is maximum and all the alarms go off.
The province exceeds, also for the first time, the 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, they are already exactly 1,031.5.
Some very bad data that arrive hours before the new restrictions come into force in Almeria municipalities. And it is that in 57 of the 103 towns of Almería there will be from this midnight the perimeter closure of their territories and in 34 of these also the closure of non-essential activity and their hotel industry.
The capital was spared this Thursday from the tightening of the measures, but this Friday it has already exceeded the established limit and already has an incidence rate of 1,020.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Which would mean, in a future review and if we continue with this index, the closure of bars and non-essential shops.
A new record
The day before, a new record of positives was reached in the last 24 hours, reaching 704. This has already gone down in history with 823 new cases this Friday.
The situation is also critical in Andalusia, where this Friday 7,816 positives were reached (also a new record for daily positives).
Malaga is once again the province with the most positives with 1,661, followed by Seville with 1,460 and Cádiz with 1,397. Below a thousand infections are Granada with 901, Almería with 823, Córdoba with 583, Huelva with 517 and Jaén with 474.
The death toll on this day also leaves Almería frozen: Almería has added eight new deaths in the last 24 hours.
Since the start of the pandemic last March, a total of 349 people infected with coronavirus have lost their lives.
In Andalusia there are a total of 50 deaths. Cádiz is the province that adds the most deaths on this day, with 12, followed by Granada with ten, Malaga and Almería with eight each, Córdoba and Seville with five and Jaén with two. Huelva is the only province without deaths.
The 30 new hospitalizations, three in the Intensive Care Unit, once again worsen the already critical situation in Almeria's hospitals.
A total of 19,901 Covid patients have already overcome the disease, 142 more in the last 24 hours, the only positive of this hard day.
Cumulative stats from the Almería 360 site - El Ejido now over 600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants