VIRUS UPDATE: 44 new positive cases detected in Xàbia

More than a third of municipalities in the Marina Alta are now in the Extreme Risk level for infection spread.

Tuesday 20th July 2021 – Compiled by MIKE SMITH


The total number of positive coronavirus cases detected by PCR test in Xàbia has climbed to 1,709, according to the latest update from the regional health ministry, a rise of 44 since the last update on Friday 16th July.

The municipality’s 14-day IA rate, a measure of the speed at which the virus moves through the population, has climbed to to 478.30 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest since early February, and the town remains in the ‘Extreme Risk’ alert level.

There have been no new deaths in Xàbia since late March and the number remains at 12.

Marina Alta

There have been 975 new positive cases detected in the Marina Alta in the past 14 days and the region’s 14-day IA rate has climbed to to 571.43 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and it remains in the ‘Extreme Risk’ alert level.

There have been no new deaths since the last update and the region’s toll remains 203.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic began is now 11,403 since the last update on Tuesday 13th July, a rise of 343.

  • 108 – Calp
  • 84 – Dénia
  • 44 – Xàbia
  • 26 – Teulada
  • 21 – Benissa
  • 14 – El Vergel
  • 12 – Gata de Gorgos
  • 9 – Ondara; Pego.
  • 7 – Poble Nou de Benitatxell
  • 2 – Orba; Pedreguer; Vall de Gallinera.
  • 1 – Adsubia; Els Poblets; Senija.

Municipalities at EXTREME RISK level
Adsubia; Benissa; Calp; Dénia; El Vergel; Gata de Gorgos; Ondara; Pego; Poble Nou de Benitatxell; Senija; Teulada; Vall de Gallinera; Xàbia.

Municipalities at HIGH RISK level
Alcalalí; Benidoleig; Benigembla; Els Poblets; Orba; Pedreguer.

Municipalities at MEDIUM RISK level

Municipalities at LOW RISK level

The rest of the municipalities in the Marina Alta are at the NEW NORMAL level, mainly inland rural communities which have not recorded a single case in the past 14 days.


Spain’s 14-day IA rate is 599.69 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, three times higher than it was two weeks ago, and the country remains in the ‘Extreme Risk’ category.

The Positivity Rate, the measure of how many coronavirus tests return positive, has risen to 15.13%, almost double two weeks ago. A value of 5% or less indicates that transmission of the virus is more or less under control.

The percentage of beds in general wards occupied by patients suffering from COVID-19 is 5.42% whilst the percentage of beds in ICU wards occupied by COVID-19 patients has risen to 11.42%.

The newspaper El Pais has reported that the so-called ‘fifth wave’ is starting to put pressure on the hospital system. Admissions usually go up a few weeks after the IA rate rise and it has been reported that they are now starting to accelerate. The pressure is being especially felt in Cataluña, where a third of its ICU beds are occupied by coronavirus patients.

The newspaper also reported that the latest report has shown that infection spread is accelerating through the 20-29 age group with one in every 30 people in that group testing positive for the virus in the past 14 days. Although the vast majority of cases present mild symptoms and are asymptomatic, the volume is now so high that ICU admissions are becoming more frequent and deaths are starting to rise.

Across Spain, all 19 autonomous communities and cities have seen positives cases rise over the past two weeks.

Autonomous Regions at EXTREME RISK level
Andalucia; Aragón; Asturias; Baleares; Canarias; Cantabria; Castilla y León; Cataluña; Comunidad Valenciana; Extremadura; Galicia; La Rioja; Madrid; Murcia; Navarra; País Vasco

Autonomous Regions at HIGH RISK level
Castilla-La Mancha; Melilla.

Autonomous Regions at MEDIUM RISK level

Autonomous Regions at LOW RISK level

Autonomous Regions at NEW NORMAL level

Vaccination (19.07.21)

Spain has administered 51,229,989 doses of vaccine, which is 95.0% of those which it has already received. A total of 24,041,017 people have completed the recommended course, which is 57.1% of the total of the population which is to be vaccinated (40,129,822).

According to the latest data provided by the health authorities, 91.2% of people aged 40 and over in Spain have received at least one dose, with 81.5% having completed the recommended course.

The Comunidad Valenciana has administered 5,153,811 doses of vaccine, which is 92.0% of the total which it has received. A total of 2,924,568 people have completed the recommended course, which 53.3% of the population which is to be vaccinated (4,289,305).

According to the latest data provided by the health authorities, 91.3% of people aged 40 and over in the Comunidad Valenciana have received at least one dose, with 78.2% having completed the recommended course.