Fuengirola Implements Measures To Combat Coronavirus

Fuengirola Implements Measures To Combat Coronavirus.  Fuengirola is first major town on the Costa Del Sol to close libraries and sports centres, introducing a raft of measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Fuengirola Implements Measures To Combat Coronavirus


Fuengirola Implements Measures To Combat Coronavirus

The Mayor of Fuengirola has announced a raft of measures designed to slow down the spread of coronavirus in the Costa Del Sol town.  Ana Mula says the measures will remain active for at least 15 days, as the council continue to monitor the situation.

The steps taken in Fuengirola include:

  • suspension of all public markets in the town
  • closure of all public libraries
  • closure of all sports and fitness centres
  • limited entry to exhibitions and events
  • suspension of workshops and activities for the elderly
  • closure of municipal retirement homes and cafes
Fuengirola Mayor Ana Mula

Ana Mula is calling for calm in Fuengirola.

The Mayor is asking Fuengirola residents and visitors to remain calm, stressing that these measures are preventative and temporary.

In La Cala, a planned Saint Patrick’s Day celebration has been postponed, and Malaga CF’s next two games have been postponed by La Liga.

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In Andalucia

At 14.00 on Wednesday the 12th March, the number of active confirmed cases of coronavirus in Andalucia stands at 138.  Eighty four of these cases are in the Malaga region.

Across Spain 3003 people have tested positive for the virus, which has caused 84 deaths here.  Infection rates are rising rapidly, as figures show that 464 new cases were diagnosed on the 10th March with a further 582 new cases reported on the 11th March.

Facemask Coronavirus

Experts are advising against using face masks as a precautionary measure.

Coronavirus Mortality Rate

The mortality rate for coronavirus currently stands at around 3.4% globally (source: WHO).  In direct comparison, the flu has a mortality rate of around 1% (source: WHO).

Experts maintain that there is no need for panic, and whilst infection can be unpleasant it is very unlikely to be fatal for anyone in good health.

Washing Hands

Frequent hand washing is advised to help protect yourself from catching coronavirus.


Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

There are some simple steps you can take to minimise your risk of catching the coronavirus.  The CDC has issued these guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • It is not not recommended that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Coronavirus Confirmed In Andalucia

The CDC has advised against wearing facemasks.

Face masks Not Necessary

Despite the advice not to wear face masks, many pharmacies in the area are reporting that they have sold out.  Chemist Juan Garcia in Malaga is urging people not to buy them until they are needed.  “The face masks are not very effective at preventing you from catching a virus.  Their main purpose is to prevent a carrier from spreading the illness.  It’s better not to buy one unless you think you may be exposed.  The best preventative measures would be to use hand gel frequently and maintain good personal hygiene”. 

Published: 12.03.2020

Written by Dave James

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