13 municipalities will undergo mass screenings for COVID-19 in a bid to stop the spread of the virus during the third wave of the pandemic from today. A random sample of people will be invited by text message for voluntary texting by the Junta de Andalucia.
The municipalities include Árchez, Cútar, La Viñuela, Cártama,Torrox, Casares, Benalmádena, Estepona, Torremolinos, Malaga city, Totalán, Benarrabá and Montejaque.
Today, February 1st, will see sessions taking place in Benalmádena and Montejaque.
In Benalmádena, 1,000 residents will receive antigen tests. Health workers will carry out testing from 10 am to 2:45 pm, and again from 4 pm to 6 pm. The mobile unit will be parked at the Arroyo de la Miel fairground.
From 3 pm to 6 pm, tests will be carried out in Montejaque. 240 people have been invited by test message to receive a text. The unit is based in the old Guardia Civil barracks. The town council has recommended that anyone who has been invited to attend turn up “for the good of all”.
Tomorrow, February 2nd, Torremolinos will host tests. Mayor José Ortiz said that attending the tests “is essential to make a correct diagnosis of the incidence of the virus in our town”.
Wednesday, February 3rd, will see Cártama carry out testing. Around 900 people will be invited by text message for this session, which will take place from 10 am to 2:45 pm and again from 4 pm to 6 pm. The mobile unit will be placed in front of the sports hall.
Friday, February 5th, will see Torrox host testing. The town hall has said that the screening “is a prevention tool for asymptomatic people and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus”.
The remainder of the towns have not yet revealed their plans for mass COVID-19 testing.
Ten of the thirteen towns to carry out random testing have seen over 500 cases of incidence accumulated in 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants and have municipal border closures in place.