Tuesday 2nd February 2021 | MIKE SMITH
This is the latest information on the status of the health situation in Xàbia, the Marina Alta, the Comunidad Valenciana and across Spain.
For more information, please refer to the links given at the bottom of the page as our report is based on the official figures given in these sources.
Xàbia has seen 87 new positive cases reported since the last update on Friday 29th January, taking the total to 1,221 positive cases found in Xàbia since the pandemic began.
Latest Data (31/01/2021)
14-Day Cumulative Rate (IA): 815.10 ↓
Positive PCR Tests in the past 14 days: 225 ↓
Total Positive Cases: 1,221
Total Deaths: 6
The Dénia Health Authority, which covers the Marina Alta region, has recorded 592 new infections since the last update, bringing the total to 8,184 positive cases since the crisis began. The 14-day IA rate has fallen and the Marina Alta now has one of the lowest figures in the whole of the Comunidad Valenciana.
The new infections include:
- Dénia – 152 / 1 death
- Calp – 93 / 2 deaths
- Xàbia – 87
- Teulada – 58
- Benissa – 50 / 3 deaths
- Pedreguer – 30 / 1 death
- Ondara – 28
- Gata de Gorgos – 17
- Poble Nou de Benitatxell – 8
There have been 9 new deaths since the last update (see above plus El Vergel (1) and Els Poblets (1)), bringing the total to 111 since the crisis began.
Vall de Gallinera recorded its first case over the weekend.
Latest Data (31/01/2021)
14-Day Cumulative Rate (IA): 907-18 ↓
Positive PCR Tests in the past 14 days: 1,560 ↓
As of 01/02/2021, 6,713 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed through PCR or antigen tests; by province, the distribution of these new cases is 1,207 in Castellón, 3,961 in Valencia, and 1,545 in Alicante. In total, 316,678 positive cases have been recorded in the Comunidad Valenciana. There are currently 62 unassigned cases.
There have been a total of 33 new outbreaks of the disease across the Comunidad Valenciana; by province, the distribution is 6 in Castellón, 35 in Valencia, and 17 in Alicante, of which there were none recorded in the Marina Alta region.
There have been 58 outbreaks of the coronavirus in the Marina Alta in 2021.
The data shows that there are currently 70.423 active cases of COVID-19 in the Comunidad Valenciana, with represents 21.46% of the total number of positives cases recorded.
There have been 55 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total for the Comunidad Valenciana to 4,857 people; by province, the distribution of the deaths is 585 Castellón, 2,526 Valencia, and 1,746 Alicante.
There are 4,657 people currently in hospitals across the Comunidad Valenciana who are being treated for the COVID-19 infection; by province, the distribution is 448 Castellón with 55 patients in ICU, 2,377 Valencia with 355 in ICU, and 1,832 Alicante with 244 in ICU.
11,676 new recoveries from COVID-19 have been registered; in total, 252.889 people in the Comunidad Valenciana have overcome the disease since the pandemic began.
132,632 doses of the vaccination have been administered throughout the Comunidad Valenciana. A total of 34,094 people have completed the vaccination programme in our region.
Latest IA Rate by Health Authority (28/01/2021)
↑ up on 14 days ago
↓ down on 14 days ago
2,381.60 – Alcoi ↓ 1%
2,309.91 – Elx ↑ 183%
2,140.30 – Elda ↑ 62%
1,485.60 – Orihuela ↑ 286%
1,481.15 – Alacant Hospital General ↑ 257%
1,383.12 – La Plana ↑ 55%
1,365.35 – Valencia Dr.Peset ↑ 45%
1,350.06 – Valencia Clinic La Malva Rosa ↑ 30%
1,327.46 – Sagunt ↑ 29%
1,325.15 – Sant Joan de l’Alacant ↑ 122%
1,289.89 – Xàtiva-Ontinyent ↓ 17%
1,269.72 – La Marina Baixa ↑ 70%
1,259.28 – Valencia Hospital General ↑ 34%
1,253.63 – Elx-Crevillent ↑ 261%
1,223.56 – Requena ↓ 4%
1,178.04 – Valencia La Fe ↑ 16%
1,178.00 – Manises ↑ 211%
1,146.08 – Valencia Arnau de Vilanova-Llíria ↑ 61%
1,092.61 – La Ribera ↓ 25%
1,076.77 – Gandía ↑ 92%
1,072.50 – Vinaros ↑ 2%
1,052.93 – Castelló ↑ 63%
907.18 – Dénia ↓ 16%
756.89 – Torrevieja ↑ 748%
The waiting list for surgery is currently 125 days in the Comunidad Valenciana, an increasing delay caused by the difficult health situation which is stretching hospitals and suspending operations. There are currently 59,838 people on the waiting list.
The city of Alcoi has cancelled its traditional Moors and Christians celebrations which normally take place at the end of April to honour San Jorge and is considered the origin for all Moors & Christians fiestas in the Valencian region.
More than 3,700 fines and 24 arrests marked the first weekend of confinement of large towns and cities in the Comunidad Valenciana, mainly for breaking the curfew and not wearing a mask, but there were also fines for illegal parties, drinking alcohol in public, and for hosting a group sports activity. More than 10,000 police officers were deployed from state and regional security bodies over the weekend to ensure compliance with the measures, including air assets and drones to monitor the coastline.
IN DETAIL – The resolution to extend and modify measures declared by the Generalitat Valenciana was published at the weekend, a full translation of which is available here.
As of 01/02/2021, Spain has recorded a total of 2,822,805 cases of COVID-19 infection. The 14-day IA rate1 is 865.67, a slight drop since the previous update. The positivity rate2 has dropped to 14.44%; it has been dropping since January 21st.
There are 32,023 people currently being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, of which 4,608 are in ICU wards. As of 01/02/2021, 25% of general wards and 45% of ICU beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.
As of 01/02/2021, 59,081 people have lost their lives to COVID-19.
As of 31/01/2021, 1,609,261 doses of the vaccination have been administered throughout the country – 1,580,632 Pfizer/BioNtech and 28,629 Modena – representing 91.0% of all vaccines delivered to Spain. A total of 357,892 have completed the vaccination course, all with the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, representing 22.2% of vaccines already administered-
Latest IA Rate by Autonomous Region (01/02/2021)
↑ up on 14 days ago
↓ down on 14 days ago
1,352.22 – Comunidad Valenciana ↑ 51%
1,330.62 – Castilla y León ↑ 46%
1,304.30 – La Rioja ↑ 42%
1,127.38 – Castilla-La Mancha ↑ 12%
1,098.87 – Murcía ↑ 2%
1,074.15 – Melilla ↑ 66%
1,000.37 – Extremadura ↓ 28%
978.20 – Madrid ↑ 24%
959.28 – Andalucia ↑ 53%
780.48 – Galicia ↑ 61%
671.72 – Aragón ↑ 9%
628.76 – Asturias ↑ 98%
581.53 – Ceuta ↑ 38%
555.83 – Baleares ↓ 18%
548.66 – Cataluña ↓ 13%
532.66 – País Vasco ↑ 52%
487.76 – Navarra ↑ 26%
382.74 – Cantabria ↑ 9%
185.61 – Canarias ↑ 8%
El Pais has reported that January was the worst month of the pandemic since the summer, with almost 900,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, a third of the total recorded since the crisis began. However, the positive news of the latest report is that the national 14-day IA rate, whilst still “incredibly high”, is falling, although Fernando Simón, director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts (CCAES) warned that “we need for it to happen fast so that the activity in hospitals does not have to be reorganized” adding that it will take weeks for the situation to normalize in the country’s hospitals.
El Pais has reported that Spain’s economy shrank 11% in 2020, according to data released last Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the biggest contraction since the Spanish Civil War. This is no surprise since the economy came to a virtual standstill for three months between March and June when the country was in strict home confinement. There was some recovery during the second half of the year, but not enough to make up for the damage. The most optimistic forecasts predict that Spain’s economy will return to pre-pandemic levels in late 2022. However, most experts now believe that the summer of 2023 is a more realistic date.
Isabel Díaz, premier of the Región de Madrid, has revealed that she is considering making waiters and other people who work directly with the public, such as teachers, taxi drivers and supermarket cashiers, a priority group in the COVID-19 vaccination programme. “In Madrid we are doing everything we can to keep our hospitality industry and our culture [sector] open despite the political pressure we are getting from all institutions,” she said, adding that the policy of closing down the hospitality sector in other regions, such as Catalonia and the Comunidad Valenciana, has forced people to watch their businesses go under.
1 The IA rate is the number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days. It is considered the most accurate measure of the spread of the virus. A rate above 250 indicates an ‘Extreme Risk’ that the infection is spreading. The aim of the Spanish government is to lower this rate to 25.
2 The positivity rate refers to the percentage of all COVID-19 tests carried out which have come back positive. A high figure means that it doesn’t take many tests to come across a positive result.