This is the rolling coronavirus story for Friday 23 April 2021
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Weekday stats for the area
El Ejido now has 259.1 cases (approximately 3 more than yesterday) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)
Poniente Region now has 230.8 cases (approximately 4 more than yesterday) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)
Stats for the last 24 hours - 172 more cases and 5 more deaths
Another five dead with COVID-19 in Almería in a black week
Since Monday, 20 deaths have been confirmed, a figure that had not been reached since mid-March
The province adds 172 new positive cases and 239 more cured
The Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía has notified five more deaths with COVID-19 in the province of Almería. It is being a black week, with a significant rebound in mortality. Since Monday, 20 deaths have been confirmed: the highest number since mid-March.
The five deaths confirmed this Friday have occurred in Almería capital -three of them-, Tabernas -which adds its second victim in the entire pandemic- and in Roquetas de Mar.
20 deaths in just five days is a worrying figure. Because, in addition, it is not linked to a considerable increase in the number of infections. Contrary to what could be assumed, Holy Week has not been noticed so much in the province of Almería.
To put that number of deaths in context, last week the Junta de Andalucía only notified 4; the previous one (from April 5 to 11) there were 13 deaths; the one from March 29 to April 4 reported 11 deaths; from Monday, March 22 to Sunday, March 28, there were 18 deaths. You have to go back to the week of March 15 to 21 to find a higher number of deaths: 25 were confirmed then.
Despite this, Almería remains the fourth Andalusian province with the lowest mortality from COVID-19. 109.35 people out of every 100,000 inhabitants have died. Only Huelva, Malaga and Seville have better figures in this regard.
There is no increase in infections
Despite the mortality data, the truth is that the infections are quite contained. There has not been an explosion of positive cases as happened after Easter. In fact, today the incidence rate of the last 14 days is decreasing again.
The Ministry of Health and Families has confirmed 172 new cases in the province. Although the figure is higher than that of Thursday (there were 157), the truth is that it is much lower than that of the previous Fridays, which shows a stabilization or even a decrease in the contagion curve. Last Friday there were 199 cases; on April 9, 245 were notified; and on Friday, March 26, there were 145 positives, some less than today.
As mentioned, the incidence rate of COVID-19 has dropped slightly again. In the last 14 days, 258 positive cases have been diagnosed for every 100,000 inhabitants in the province of Almería, that is 1.8 points less than yesterday.
Of the 172 new cases, 100 have occurred in the municipalities of the Almería Health District, 59 in the Poniente Health District and only 13 in the Levante-Alto Almanzora district.
Almería, at the head in cured
On the other hand, today the Board has notified 239 new cures. Highs that had been delayed for weeks continue to emerge, causing the number of active cases to continue to decline.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 45,993 people from Almeria have already passed COVID-19, that is, 87.94 percent of the 52,301 people confirmed as positive. It is the province with the highest percentage of cured people.
Published a short while earlier today - vaccination stats from 23 April 2021 - with data going up to 22 April
Another 6.1% of 70-79 year olds have been given at least 1 dose in Andalucía in the last 24 hours - we are now up at the 70.6% - at this rate it would be only another 5 more vaccination days until all 70-79 have had at least 1 dose - so around the end of next week - so the week after that Andalucía might be in a position to start on vaccination of younger people - with the next range being 50-59 years old - depending on how many 2nd vaccinations need to be done in the 70-79 year old age group