Spanish Government declares that the Madrid region is placed in a ‘state of alarm’ for 15 days to get infections under control

The latest information provided by the health authorities has confirmed that Xàbia has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 infection since the last update on October 5th and that the total number of cases diagnosed since the pandemic began remains at 154 wth the total deaths totalling 3.

The latest figures show that the Marina Alta region has seen 14 new infections diagnosed since the last update, a slight increase on the last update given on October 5th (10), but a significant improvement on the situation just a month ago when 122 new cases were confirmed on September 7th. The total number of diagnosed cases reported by the Dénia Health Authority (which covers the Marina Alta district) now stands at 1,362.

The infection incident rate for the Marina Alta now stands at 28,65 cases per 100.000 people, significantly lower than the rate of the Comunidad Valenciana (104,32) and the national rate for Spain as a whole (256,79).

The municipalities which have seen new infections are:

  • Dénia: 3
  • Ondara: 3
  • Benissa: 2
  • Beniarbeig: 1
  • Calp: 1
  • Els Poblets: 1
  • Pedreguer: 1
  • Pego: 1
  • Poble Nou de Benitatxell: 1

State of Alarm declared in Madrid

Despite fierce opposition from the regional government, the Spanish Government has declared a state of alarm in the Madrid region in a bid to reduce the spread of infections which account for a large proportion of the total number of infections in Spain. Madrid is currently considered as the epicentre of the virus in Europe by the WHO.

The partial lockdown of more than 5 million people will begin at 3.00pm today (Friday) and will be in place for at least 15 days, the maximum time allowed by the Spanish Constitution. Citizens can only leave their municipality of residency under exceptional circumstances.

The latest figures issued by the health authorities showed that the Madrid region had recorded an infection incident rate of 563 cases per 100.000 people over the previous 14 days, just over double the national figure of 257, and accounted for one in every four new cases in Spain.

With the ‘puente’ weekend approaching – Spain celebrates its national holiday on Monday – the Government has been keen to deter Madrileños from leaving the city for a long weekend break in the countryside or along the coast, travels which could spread the infection to other areas where the situation is under more control.

Experts have called on citizens to contribute more to stop the spread of infection and the best way to achieve that aim is to limit social contact. “It is something we can all do,” said Pere Godoy, the president of the Spanish Epidemiology Association, who added that the Madrid region should have imposed restrictions weeks ago.

SOURCE: Conselleria de Sanitat Universal i Salut Pública Comunidad Valenciana

SOURCE: Ministerio de Sanidad