The Junta de Andalucia confirmed this morning the first five cases of the new British variant of coronavirus.
The mutated strain was discovered in five people who had recently returned from the UK. Four other cases are currently being studied.
Of the five confirmed cases, three are patients from Malaga province and two from Granada. The four other cases being studied are in Malaga province.
The study of all these samples is being carried out by the Microbiology department of the San Cecilio de Granada University Hospital, which has the capacity for sequencing the virus genome.
The discovery of the new strain prompted the Junta de Andalucía to remind the Spanish government of the importance of establishing measures at airports for greater control of the spread of the coronavirus.