As the region shuts its land borders, the regional health ministry releases the latest data for municipalities and it doesn’t make great reading.


Xàbia has recorded 13 new infections since Tuesday, bringing the total number to 179 since the crisis began. The 14-day cumulative rate (IA) rises to 54.34 new infections per 100,000. The death toll remains at 3.

The Regional Ministry of Health reported that Xàbia has suffered one of two outbreaks in the Marina Alta (the other is in Calpe) which has affected four people in the town, the origin being work-related. No other information has been offered by the authorities.

Marina Alta

The Dénia Health Authority, which covers the Marina Alta region, has recorded 88 new infections since the last update bringing the total to 1,562 positive cases since the crisis began.

The 14-day IA rate now stands at 92.59 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. It is still one of the lowest rate in the whole Comunidad Valenciana, but the percentage rise of 78.7% on the previous figure is the highest jump by far in the region behind Vinaros (66.2%) and Manises (56.4%).

The death toll in the Marina Alta has risen by one to 30.

The new infections have been recorded in the following municipalities:

  • Calp – 24
  • Dénia – 14
  • Xàbia – 13
  • Benissa – 12
  • Pego – 7
  • Beniarbeig – 4
  • Ondara – 3
  • Alcalalí – 2
  • Gata de Gorgos – 2
  • Poble Nou de Benitatxell – 2
  • Teulada – 2
  • El Ràfol d’Almúnia – 1
  • El Vergel – 1
  • Pedreguer – 1

Comunidad Valenciana

It’s been a difficult week for the Valencian region, despite remaining the autonomous community with the lowest accumulated infection rate in mainland Spain. The transmission of the virus has been accelerating with the 14-day IA figure more than doubling in the last two weeks to surpass the 200 mark and hospital admissions increase by 150% since October 14th. Indeed, over 18% of the total positive cases in the region have been recorded over the past two weeks. The latest data has also shown that active cases have surpassed 11,000 for the first time.

From midday today (Friday) all land borders with neighbouring autonomous communities will be closed, meaning that no-one will be able to travel to and from the region for the next seven days. Movement within the region remains unrestricted except in areas where the IA rate is of particular concern and additional restrictive measures have been imposed. The night curfew of 00:00 to 06:00 remains. President Ximo Puig has admitted that the closure could be extended if necessary to prevent the arrival of Madrileños in the region during the Almudena bridge weekend (6-8 November).


The Government received broad support for its proposal to be allowed to extend the State of Alarm to May 9th without the need to seek approval every two weeks. The motion received 194 votes in favour (155 PSOE/Unidas Podemos, 13 ERC (Republican Left of Catalonia), 10 Ciudadanos, 6 PNV (Basque National Party), 3 from Más País & Compromis, 4 PDeCat (Catalan European Democratic Party) and 1 each from PRC (Regional Party of Cantabria), BNG (Galician Nationalist Bloc) and Teruel Existe. There were 53 votes against from Vox, who have already announced that it will mount a legal challenge against the government whilst the PP, who wanted the emergency measure to be extended for only eight weeks, abstained.

The national 14-day IA rate has climbed to 468.17 new infections per 100,000 population, a 34% rise in a week, with the enclave city of Melilla (1,290.30) and Navarra (1,172.25) leading the way; Aragón is poised to cross the 1,000 threshold if transmission continues. The infection rate has dropped in Murcia (448.16) and Madrid (420.79).

All but three of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions as well as the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla have closed their land borders, prohibiting movement in and out of their territories, except for justified reasons. However, residents can move freely within their own region, unless there have been additional perimeter closures of municipalities.

COVID-19 C.Valenciana: Monitorage de la Situació
Ministero de Sanidad: Actualización nº 239 (29/10/2020)
ECDC COVID-19 Situation Update
El Pais
Reuters España

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