VIRUS UPDATE: Infection spread across Valencian region drops 10% in past week

More positive cases recorded in Xàbia but IA rate continues to drop across the Marina Alta, decreasing 4% in past fortnight.

Friday 6th August 2021 – Compiled by MIKE SMITH


Xàbia

The total number of positive coronavirus cases detected by PCR test in Xàbia has climbed to 2,062, according to the latest update from the regional health ministry, a rise of 70 since the last update on Tuesday 3rd August.

The municipality’s 14-day IA rate, a measure of the speed at which the virus moves through the population, has dropped to 849.51 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.

Marina Alta

There have been 1,229 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 dropped to 720.29 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and it remains in the ‘Extreme Risk’ alert level.

With regards to hospitalizations, as of today Friday 6th August, there are ten people who have been admitted to the hospital in Dénia with COVID-19 symptoms, three of which have had to be transferred to the ICU ward.

There has been 1 new death since the last update – registered in Calp – and the region’s toll rises to 204.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic began is now 13,277 since the last update on Tuesday 3rd August, a rise of 287.

  • 70 – Xàbia
  • 67 – Dénia
  • 38 – Calp
  • 22 – Pego
  • 18 – Teulada
  • 17 – Pedreguer
  • 15 – Benissa
  • 14 – Gata de Gorgos
  • 13 – Ondara
  • 7 – El Vergel
  • 3 – Orba
  • 1 – Benidoleig, El Ràfol d’Almùnia, Els Poblets

Municipalities at EXTREME RISK level
Adsubia; Benidoleig; Benimeli; Benissa; Calp; Dénia; El Ràfol d’Almúnia; El Vergel; Gata de Gorgos; Ondara; Orba; Pedreguer; Pego; Sanet y Negrals; Teulada-Moraira; Tormos; Xàbia.

Municipalities at HIGH RISK level
Alcalalí; Llíber; Poble Nou de Benitatxell; Vall de Laguar.

Municipalities at MEDIUM RISK level
Beniarbeig; Els Poblets; Parcent.

Municipalities at LOW RISK level
Xaló.

Autonomous Regions at NEW NORMAL level
Benigembla; Castell de Castells; Murla; Sagra; Senija; Vall d’Alcala; Vall d’Ebo; Vall de Gallinera.


Spain

Spain’s 14-day IA rate is 614.88 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a drop of 11.69% in the last week, but the country remains in the ‘Extreme Risk’ category.

The Positivity Rate, the measure of how many coronavirus tests return positive, has dropped to 14.90%. 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 8.45% whilst the percentage of beds in ICU wards occupied by COVID-19 patients has risen to 20.78%, a 61% rise compared to two weeks ago.

The country has suffered 325 deaths in the past seven days, taking the national total to 81,931 since the pandemic began. This is a rise of 385% when compared to two weeks ago.

Across Spain, the rise of infections continues to slow and seven of the 19 autonomous regions have reported IA rates lower than they were two weeks ago, including the Comunidad Valenciana – the charts are starting to turn green again. The good news continues in Cataluña, with infection spread dropping by almost 50% when compared to two weeks ago, although ICU occupancy is still very, very high at 48.40%, highlighting what has become an established cycle: infections rise, then hospitalizations, followed by deaths.

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

Autonomous Regions at HIGH RISK level
None

Autonomous Regions at MEDIUM RISK level
None

Autonomous Regions at LOW RISK level
None

Autonomous Regions at NEW NORMAL level
None

The newspaper El Pais has reported that almost 2,300 people tested positive for coronavirus after attending several music festivals in Cataluña, but the regional health ministry suggests that, although they have had an effect on infection spread, it is not thought that they can be regarded as “superspreader events”.

How does Spain compare to the rest of Europe?
Top 20 table based on new confirmed COVID-19 cases per 1 million population on August 5th 2021.

  1. Cyprus (592.82)
  2. Spain (440.84)
  3. Monaco (393.14)
  4. United Kingdom (384.22)
  5. Iceland (348.30)
  6. France (331.65)
  7. Andorra (284.73)
  8. Montenegro (281.36)
  9. Turkey (278.05)
  10. Greece (259.90)
  11. Republic of Ireland (259.90)
  12. Portugal (231.74)
  13. Malta (187.01)
  14. Netherlands (166.61)
  15. Russia (154.28)
  16. Denmark (153.21)
  17. Belgium (147.37)
  18. Estonia (147.32)
  19. Lithuania (125.58)
  20. Finland (121.75)

Source: ourworldindata.org


Vaccination (05.08.21)

Spain has administered 58,102,441 doses of vaccine, which is 96.0% of those which it has already received. A total of 28,034,427 people have completed the recommended course, which is 66.6% of the total of the population which is to be vaccinated (40,129,822) or 59.1% of the total population of Spain.

According to the latest data provided by the health authorities, 92.7% of people aged 40 and over in Spain have received at least one dose, with 89.2% having completed the recommended course.

The Comunidad Valenciana has administered 5,972,074 doses of vaccine, which is 96.1% of the total which it has received. A total of 2,900,166 people have completed the recommended course, which 64.6% of the population which is to be vaccinated (4,488,459) or 57.3% of the total population of the Comunidad Valenciana.

According to the latest data provided by the health authorities, 93.2% of people aged 40 and over in the Comunidad Valenciana have received at least one dose, with 90.7% having completed the recommended course.

The newspaper El Pais has reported that Spain has turned its attention to teenagers for vaccination due to fears of the delta strain, with young people turning up at vaccination centres with their parents to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Ten of Spain’s 19 autonomous regions have started to vaccinate the 12-19 population (the Comunidad Valenciana is not one of them) and 17.9% of this age group have already received their first dose.

How does Spain compare to the rest of Europe?
Top 20 table based on percentage of population fully vaccinated.

  1. Malta (88.24%)
  2. Iceland (74.63%)
  3. San Marino (69.20%)
  4. Belgium (61.17%)
  5. Spain (59.96%)
  6. Portugal (59.11%)
  7. Denmark (57.69%)
  8. Republic of Ireland (57.37%)
  9. United Kingdom (57.26%)
  10. Hungary (56.68%)
  11. Italy (54.24%)
  12. Netherlands (54.23%)
  13. Germany (53.19%)
  14. Cyprus (52.47%)
  15. Austria (52.43%)
  16. Luxembourg (52.35%)
  17. Greece (50.79%)
  18. Liechtenstein (49.44%)
  19. Monaco (47.06%)
  20. France (49.02%)

Source: ourworldindata.org



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