has been confirmed that the Generalitat Valenciana will
request that the Comunidad Valenciana moved into Phase
III of the de-escalation process next Monday 15th June.
President Ximo Puig announced that documentation supporting
the move will be presented to the Ministry of Health
today Monday which will highlight the positive
evolution of the situation across the three provinces
of the region and confirm that the lifting of certain
restrictions during the first three phases of the transition
period have not resulted in new outbreaks of the COVID-19
infection and that deaths from the disease have reduced
to zero over the past few days.
the region, some 470 municipalities have reported no new
cases in the past two weeks and the R rate, the
reproduction value used to analyse the ability of the
virus to spread, has remained stable at 0.7. A rate
higher than 1 means that the infection is spreading;
a value lower than 1 means that not enough new people
are being infected to sustain the disease in the population.
In addition, tests of sewage water predict that
the virus will become "undetectable" in the
next few days.
III will return a certain degree of power to the
autonomous government and the Generalitat plans to hold
a meeting to determine the measures that will be adopted
during this next phase and this will be communicated
to the public at the weekend so that Valencians can
prepare. One of the prime considerations is that movement
will be allowed between all three provinces without
restrictions since the whole Valencian region should
be considered as one territorial unit. In addition,
the regional government hopes that movement will also
be open to other autonomous regions which are in the
same position as the Comunidad Valenciana.
added that he hoped that domestic tourism will be opened
up soon, allowing people from across Spain to travel
to the Comunidad Valenciana but only if the evolution
of the situation continues in the right direction. "[The
Valencian region] will be a safe destination where you
can spend the best holidays with the appropriate preventative
measures." However he wouldn't confirm if the
region would follow the example of the Balearic Islands
in keeping discos and dance venues closed, despite a
modification to Phase III regulations allowing these
venues to do so, albeit with the necessary
capacity limitations and dance floors remaining closed.
There have been new outbreaks in other countries linked
to parties and nightlife, including the case of the
29-year-old man in Seoul who visited several bars and
nightclubs in early May before testing positive for
COVID-19 and he is believed to one of the individuals
responsible for a cluster of new infections all
linked to the nightclub scene in the city.
Date: Monday 8th June 2020