VIRUS UPDATE: Xàbia becomes the only municipality in the Marina Alta at Medium Risk level

A surge in positive cases detected by PCR has seen the town head the list for the Marina Alta in the latest update.

Tuesday 1st June 2021 – Compiled by MIKE SMITH


The total number of positive coronavirus cases detected by PCR test in Xàbia has risen by 12 to 1,490, according to the latest update from the regional health ministry. And with 9 cases detected in the past 14 days, the municipality’s 14-day IA rate, a measure of the speed at which the virus moves through the population, has risen again to 82.10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest it has been since the end of February, which means that the town has risen into in the ‘Medium Risk’ category, the only municipality in the Marina Alta to find itself at that level. Some good new is that there have been no new deaths in Xàbia since late March and the number for remains at 12.

In the Marina Alta region, there have been 9 new positive cases detected in the past 14 days whilst the total number of positive cases since the pandemic began has been confirmed as 10,120, a rise of 14; Xàbia accounts for 12 of them, other remaining two were detected in Dénia. The region’s 14-day IA rate has dropped slightly to to 29.89 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the region remains in the ‘Low Risk’ category. There have been no new deaths since the last update and the region’s toll remains 203.

With an IA-rate of 82.10, Xàbia is the only municipality in the Marina Alta at the ‘Medium Risk’ level. Six municipalities are in the ‘Low Risk’ category: El Poble Nou de Benitatxell (44.92), Orba (44.80), Xaló (34.87), Dénia (32.69), Benissa (26.58) and El Vergel (21.24). The rest of the municipalities in the region are at the ‘New Normal’ level, with 20 of them – mostly in the inland valleys – showing no infection spread over the last 14 days.

Spain

Spain’s 14-day IA rate is 121.75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the country remains in the ‘Medium Risk’ category. The rate has dropped by around 20% in the past two weeks, whilst the Positivity Rate, the measure of how many coronavirus tests return positive, is 4.87%; a value of 5% or less indicates that transmission of the virus is more or less under control.

Across the autonomous regions, the País Vasco still leads the way with a 14-day IA rate of 196.08 but it has been steadily decreasing over the past week and the region finally drops into the ‘Medium Risk’ category. The autonomous city Ceuta (20.19) remains the region with the lowest infection rate in Spain. The Comunidad Valenciana (34.70) remains at the ‘Low Risk’ level, although the infection rate has been rising slowly over the past week and the region now finds itself at similar levels to the first half of May.

Infection spread has continued dropped in the majority of Spain’s autonomous regions and enclaves but the rate of decrease has been slowing down.

Vaccination (31.05.21)

Spain has administered 26,827,637 doses of vaccine, which is 95.7% of those which it has already received. A total of 9,221,285 people have completed the recommended course, which is 21.5% of the total of the population which is to be vaccinated (40,129,822).

According to the latest data provided by the health authorities, 95.0% of people aged 60 and over in Spain have received at least one dose, with 60.1% having completed the recommended course.

The Comunidad Valenciana has administered 2,665,032 doses of vaccine, which is 91.5% of the total which it has received. A total of 904,088 people have completed the recommended course, which 21.2% of the population which is to be vaccinated (4,289,305).

According to the latest data provided by the health authorities, 95.3% of people aged 60 and over in the Comunidad Valenciana have received at least one dose, with 58.1% having completed the recommended course.



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