This is the rolling coronavirus story for Saturday 2 January 2021
2021 - living with the virus
Marín: "The vaccine will not make the virus disappear, we will live with it"
The Board will carry out an information campaign about the vaccine and "will not do demagoguery"
The vice president of the Board and Minister of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration, Juan Marín, has stated that the Andalusian Government will launch an information and awareness campaign for citizens on the vaccination process against the coronavirus, and has wanted to make it clear that neither "demagoguery" is going to be carried out, nor will a "confrontation" with the national Executive be sought on this matter.
In an interview with Europa Press, Marín explained that in this campaign on vaccination, information about where the vaccination teams are, the fixed ones (48 hospitals and 45 health centers) and the itinerant ones will be transferred to the public, with more than 400 professionals who have been specifically trained to dispense this vaccine.
Likewise, Juan Marín has wanted to make it clear, given the vaccination process and the distribution of vaccines among the communities, that the Junta is not going to "demagogue" or generate "confrontation" with the central government, because "we have always demonstrated the loyalty "with the National Executive in the actions to fight against the pandemic.
"When we have been told this is the distribution, this is the distribution, these are the deadlines and these are the times, we have always been at the disposal of the central government and more in terms of health," as indicated Marín. "We are not going to do demagogy with the distribution of the vaccine. That which others do. I leave it to Mrs. Susana Díaz, who knows how to do it very well," according to Juan Marín.
He recalled that the Board suggested to the central government that the criteria for the distribution of vaccines should be population and, instead, "we know that, in some cases, the issue of affected people is being used."
He has indicated that, according to the Board, over the next twelve weeks more than 800,000 doses of vaccines will arrive in Andalusia, which will be administered to all people at risk and to the target population. . He is confident that the number of doses can be increased with the arrival of Moderna's vaccine as well.
The vice president also explained that as more doses of vaccines are received, the human and material resources will have to be increased so that the vaccine reaches the public as soon as possible.
Juan Marín has considered "excessive" the propaganda display of the central government with the arrival of the vaccine, when it is necessary to act "with prudence" because there are still many people who are afraid of the vaccine, which should lead to awareness campaigns so that citizens know the advantages that getting vaccinated can bring.
In his opinion, although the vaccine is not mandatory, but will be something "totally voluntary", it is necessary to convey to the public that getting vaccinated will have its advantages when traveling or attending some events, as the Andalusian system health will give every person who is vaccinated a certificate that they are immunized.
Marín also pointed out that citizens have to know clearly that the vaccine will not mean the disappearance of the virus, but that we will have to live with it.
Regarding the objective of the Board that half of the Andalusian population is vaccinated when summer arrives, Marín has indicated that it is a "very realistic" forecast, which will also depend on whether citizens want to be vaccinated.
2020 coronavirus cases and deaths in the province (map taken from Diario de Almería)
8 municipalities closed in Andalucía due to the UK strain of coronavirus
The Board closes eight Andalusian municipalities before the advance of the British strain
The incidence and proliferation of the new variant of the virus triggers the alert in Andalusia
The Junta de Andalucía, following the proposal of the Council of High Impact Public Health Alerts meeting this Saturday morning, has decided to decree the perimeter closure of the eight municipalities integrated in the Campo de Gibraltar East and West health areas by presenting the higher incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days in Andalusia, standing at 316 cases compared to 140 for the Andalusian average, a high level of care pressure alert in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and the proliferation of cases linked to the British strain of Covid-19 in Gibraltar.
In a statement, the Board has detailed that this closure affects the eight municipalities included in these two recently disaggregated health areas, such as La Línea de la Concepción, Algeciras, Los Barrios, Castellar de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera, San Martín del Tesorillo, San Roque and Tarifa.
To this measure is added the proposal of a vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in all residences in both areas as well as in the health professionals who carry out their work in the area. Similarly, and as decided by the High Impact Territorial Committee of Cádiz last Thursday, the population screening in the municipality of La Línea de la Concepción began to be carried out this Saturday and will continue tomorrow in Algeciras.
Thus, it was announced by the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, at the end of the meeting where the proliferation of cases associated with the British strain of Covid-19, which has reached the province, was also analyzed. In fact, the confirmed cases linked to the British strain rise 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.
In this sense, the Ministry of Health and Families maintains intensification of the epidemiological surveillance of those confirmed cases of Covid-19 with a history of travel to the United Kingdom or Gibraltar recently, applying genomic sequencing techniques to the isolates of these cases.
Stats for the last 24 hours - 151 new cases and no more deaths
The year 2021 arrives in Almería without deaths, with less income but 150 positives
There are already only 76 hospitalized patients of which 24 are in Intensive Care
The first part of 2021 that collects the daily data of the pandemic reported by the Ministry of Health has arrived with good news and a great dose of hope in the province of Almería, where in the last hours no covid patient has died after live in December the month with the most deaths to date.
Although living a day without deaths is something that has not occurred in Almería since the first days of last month, which leaves 289 deaths from covid since March, these have not been the only positive news that the epidemiological information of Health today collects , when the Board has notified the closure of eight municipalities due to the presence of the British strain, since in the last 24 hours the hospital pressure has registered an unprecedented decrease in recent weeks and that has led to a reduction of the 80 hospitalized patients .
Specifically, there are only 76 people from Almería who have started the year 2021 in the hospital, with only one new admission in the last two days. Of these 76, 24 have been interned in an intensive care bed given its severity, which is the lowest figure in recent weeks.
For its part, the negative note is put by the 151 positives that have been notified this Saturday and that maintain the ascending line of the last epidemiological part, published on December 31, the last day of the year and when Almería added more than 160 new infected. In total, to date 21,316 patients have been detected by PCR and antigen testing.
On the other hand, the patients who have been cured since New Year's Eve and until today have been a total of 224, which rises to 18,684 those who have done so since March.
In the entire autonomous community, for its part, there have been two deaths, located in Malaga and Seville, as well as 1,237 new positives. It should also be noted that today more patients have recovered than those who have been infected, since 1,312 have been cured according to Health.
Regarding the pressure in Andalusian hospitals, the still photo this January 2 is the following: Cádiz (163 hospitalizations, of which 33 in ICU), Córdoba (99 hospitalizations, of which 19 in ICU), Granada (144 hospitalizations, of which 44 in ICU), Huelva (33 hospitalizations, of which 9 in ICU), Jaén (106 hospitalizations, of which 21 in ICU), Malaga (148 hospitalizations, of which 20 in ICU) and Seville (124 hospitalizations, of which 36 in ICU).