In recent days there has been speculation that we may already be immersed in a sixth wave of Covid, taking into account the upward trend in the number of confirmed positives, also in the province of Almeria.
Although the Northern Health Area – our health district – currently registers the lowest rate in the whole province, and we see that it is still far from reaching the figures of other areas, there are municipalities such as Albox, where the number of positives has shot up in the last few days. Mostly related to celebrations and family gatherings.
In the municipality of Albox, 42 cases of covid have been confirmed in the last 14 days, most of them in the last week. Only this Tuesday 16 new cases were added, and in the report of this Thursday, where Health reports the cases confirmed in the last 48 hours (Wednesday and Thursday) have been counted 11 Albojenses infected with the virus in this municipality of Almanzora.
Albox is among the five localities with more positive cases at provincial level and at the head of the entire Northern Health Area, with 347.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which means extreme risk or intense red. And several classes in the municipality’s schools remain confined, after confirmed positives among their members.
In the Almanzora region, although with a much lower incidence, 15 cases have been confirmed in Macael in the last two weeks, 8 in Tíjola and 6 positive cases in Arboleas.
First case of the omicron variant detected in Almeria
The Andalusian regional government confirms that the infected person has “mild symptoms” and has not required hospitalisation.
Andalusia has registered the first three confirmed cases of the omicron strain of the coronavirus, one of them in the province of Almeria and two others in Cadiz, according to the Andalusian Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, at a press conference.
Two of the cases were imported by patients who flew to South Africa and a third was infected through community transmission after travelling to another Spanish autonomous community, according to the Andalusian regional government.
In addition, four other “suspected” cases are under study.
According to the Andalusian Minister of Health and Families at the press conference following the weekly meeting of the Governing Council, the three confirmed cases of the omicron strain have “mild symptoms” and the patients are “in isolation” and none of them have required hospitalisation.
The other four suspected cases are being analysed.