VIRUS UPDATE: 74 new positive cases detected in Xàbia

The 14-day IA rate in Xàbia rises to 639.92 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest level the beginning of February.

Friday 23rd July 2021 – Compiled by MIKE SMITH


The total number of positive coronavirus cases detected by PCR test in Xàbia has climbed to 1,783, according to the latest update from the regional health ministry, a rise of 74 since the last update on Tuesday 20th July.

The municipality’s 14-day IA rate, a measure of the speed at which the virus moves through the population, has climbed to 639.92 cases per 100,000 inhabitants 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.

Xàbia Council has raised concerns with the Generalitat Valenciana over the regional government’s decision not to include Xàbia in its latest extension of measures that include the imposition of a night curfew on many surrounding municipalities from Sunday, arguing that young people from those towns will simply flock to Xàbia for illegal private parties, botellones and other anti-social behaviour, putting an enormous strain on an already over-stretched police force.

Marina Alta

There have been 1,274 new positive cases detected by PCR test in the Marina Alta in the past 14 days and the region’s 14-day IA rate has climbed to to 746.67 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 11,872 since the last update on Tuesday 20th July, a rise of 467.

  • 128 – Calp
  • 96 – Dénia
  • 74 – Xàbia
  • 35 – Pego
  • 28 – Teulada
  • 26 – Benissa
  • 18 – Ondara
  • 17 – El Vergel
  • 15 – Gata de Gorgos
  • 8 – Pedreguer
  • 6 – Orba
  • 3 – Els Poblets; El Poble Nou de Benitatxell
  • 2 – Benidoleig; Benigembla; El Ràfol d’Almúnia
  • 1 – Alcalalí; Murla; Parcent; Sanet y Negrals

Municipalities at EXTREME RISK level
Adsubia; Benidoleig; Benigembla; Benissa; Calp; Dénia; El Ràfol d’Almúnia; El Vergel; Els Poblets; Gata de Gorgos; Ondara; Orba; Pego; Poble Nou de Benitatxell; Teulada; Vall de Gallinera; Xàbia.

Note: Xàbia is currently listed as the municipality with the eighth highest IA rate, below Calp, Gata de Gorgos, Teulada, Dénia, all of whom will be returning to the night curfew regime from Sunday.

Municipalities at HIGH RISK level
Alcalalí; Murla; Pedreguer; Senija.

Municipalities at MEDIUM RISK level
Parcent; Sanet y Negrals.

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 659.08 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the country remains in the ‘Extreme Risk’ category.

The Positivity Rate, the measure of how many coronavirus tests return positive, has risen to 15.81%. 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 6.37% whilst the percentage of beds in ICU wards occupied by COVID-19 patients has risen to 13.52%.

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; Castilla-La Mancha; Cataluña; Comunidad Valenciana; Extremadura; Galicia; La Rioja; Madrid; Murcia; Navarra; País Vasco

Autonomous Regions at HIGH RISK level
Ceuta; Melilla.

Autonomous Regions at MEDIUM RISK level

Autonomous Regions at LOW RISK level

Autonomous Regions at NEW NORMAL level

The newspaper El Pais has reported that 83% of new cases in Spain are among unvaccinated citizens, 11.4% among people who have had just a single dose, and 5.5% among those who have completed their vaccination course.

Health minister Carolina Darias has reported that the speed in the rise in cases is starting to slow but that the pressure on the hospital system is still increasing, particularly in the ICU wards, although it wasn’t rising as significantly as previous waves of the pandemic, thanks to the vaccination campaign.

Vaccination (22.07.21)

Spain has administered 52,879,267 doses of vaccine, which is 95.0% of those which it has already received. A total of 25,060,958 people have completed the recommended course, which is 59.5% of the total of the population which is to be vaccinated (40,129,822).

According to the latest data provided by the health authorities, 91.6% of people aged 40 and over in Spain have received at least one dose, with 84.1% having completed the recommended course.

The Comunidad Valenciana has administered 5,413,270 doses of vaccine, which is 92.0% of the total which it has received. A total of 2,539,159 people have completed the recommended course, which 56.6% of the population which is to be vaccinated (4,289,305).

According to the latest data provided by the health authorities, 92.0% of people aged 40 and over in the Comunidad Valenciana have received at least one dose, with 83.1% having completed the recommended course.

The newspaper El Pais has reported that the Spanish Government has hit its fourth target for the national vaccination strategy by reaching the end of the fourth week of July with 25 million people fully vaccinated against the disease. Unlike other large European countries such as France, Germany and Italy where the vaccination campaigns are slowing down, Spain’s effort is still progressing at a “stable or rising pace” which has been attributed to less hesitancy to the vaccine in Spain and a major willingness among the population to get vaccinated.