This is the rolling coronavirus story for Friday 5 February 2021
Stats for the last 24 hours - 497 more cases and 7 more deaths
Tense calm: Almería remains in the 500 positives but with 7 more deaths
Fernández-Pacheco says that Christmas was safe but that there was a lack of "awareness" in the private
The development of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Almería seems to have entered a phase of stability, at least in terms of daily positives. This Friday, according to the latest update from the Institute of Statistics and Cartography, there are 497 new cases detected through PDIA (PCR technique or rapid antigen test) in the last 24 hours. So far in February, there has only been one day where this figure has been above 600.
Of course, we cannot speak of tranquility if not of tense calm, because deaths and admissions to hospital centers continue to be added: this Friday seven new deaths and 19 hospitalizations have been reported, although none in the ICU.
Again, the number of recovered, as days ago, stands at around 300: on Friday it leaves 359 people who have received the epidemiological discharge, in line with the last few days (323 on Wednesday and 328 on Thursday).
Thus, as of February 5, we have 15,148 active cases of Covid-19 in the province: the difference between the total confirmed cases (39,673) and the difference between the deceased (490) and those recovered (24,035).
"Christmas was safe, another thing is what each one did in his house"
This Friday, Maribel Sánchez, delegate of the Government of the Junta de Andalucía in Almería, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, delegate of Health, and Ramón Fernández-Pacheco, mayor of Almería, visited the mobile population screening unit that works on this day in the Plaza Cruz de Caravaca.
In responses to journalists, asked about the closure of the hotel industry and non-essential activity in the capital after having reached the rate of 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants two Fridays ago, Fernández-Pacheco wanted to claim that organized activities o authorized by the City Council during Christmas they were "one hundred percent safe" although perhaps it was lacking to "know how to educate" people regarding their private sphere.
"I can say categorically, without fear of being wrong, that all the activities that we organize or authorize at Christmas were one hundred percent safe. No one was infected there, because we also did it from the hand of those who know best, those responsible for public health Let no one be deceived, "said the mayor.
However, Fernández-Pacheco has stated that "perhaps the only aspect" that was not done well was "knowing how to make people aware of how to act in their" private sphere.
"In any case, the figures we have now are no longer due to Christmas, because we are facing mid-February: we are seeing a reality that is due to other factors, such as more contagious strains or that are affecting us more directly here how They do it in other territories ", he assured.
For her part, Maribel Sánchez has pointed out that the data of the last few days, "less scandalous", lead to think that the plateau of this curve is being reached, although she calls for continuing to maintain security measures. "We cannot trust each other," she has said.
She has also referred to the situation in hospitals, in which this Friday there are 450 people hospitalized with coronavirus, 93 of them treated in the Intensive Care Units. "They are 50 more than last week," she recalled.
Perhaps a reduction in restrictions in Andalucía reasonably soon
Cumulative stats from the Almería 360 site - El Ejido now has 687.7 cases (approximately 8 fewer than yesterday) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)