The Regional Minister for Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, has today put the incidence of the British strain of Covid in Andalusia at 41 percent. This strain is already the majority in the case of the Campo de Gibraltar, with 51 percent of all cases, as he explained during a visit to the Punta de Europa hospital in Algeciras.
Although its incidence currently stands at 41 percent of cases, it will be the predominant strain in Andalusia “in a week or ten days”, ahead of the “Wuhan strain”. Aguirre recalled that the first detection of this strain occurred in the waste water of Granada in the second half of November 2020, when the first genetic sequences were seen.
The Campo de Gibraltar, for its part, has been a “successful area” for the British strain “due to the permanent exchange of people with Gibraltar, who are not controlled with PCR or antigen test”, he said. Aguirre points out that this expansion has been such that the British strain is already the majority in this region of Cádiz, with 51 percent of current infections.
The minister points out that “it has a greater capacity for contagion, but it has not been proven that it is more virulent. What we do know for certain is that the vaccine prevents against the British strain.