Xàbia has recorded 8 new infections over the weekend, bringing the total number to 204 since the crisis began. The 14-day cumulative rate (IA) rises very slightly to 108.68 new infections per 100,000. The death toll remains at 3.
The Dénia Health Authority, which covers almost all of the Marina Alta region, has recorded 45 new infections since the last update bringing the total to 1,725 positive cases since the crisis began.
The 14-day IA rate has dropped slightly to 115.87 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. It is still one of the lowest rates in the whole Comunidad Valenciana, only improved on by Torrevieja (113.43) and La Marina Baixa (83.10).
Unfortunately, the death toll in the Marina Alta climbs to 34 after 4 deaths were reported, 2 in Teulada, 1 in Benissa and 1 in Calp.
The new infections have been recorded in the following municipalities:
- Dénia – 12
- Xàbia – 8
- Calp – 5
- Benimeli – 3
- Ondara – 3
- Pedreguer – 3
- Pego – 3
- Benissa – 2
- Teulada – 2
- Beniarbeig – 1
- Castell de Castells – 1
- El Verger – 1
- Gata de Gorgos – 1
The latest figures published by the Ministry of Health (Nº 246) show that the 14-day IA rate in the Comunidad Valenciana has dropped by 1.73% to 248.07, the lowest rate in mainland Spain. Active cases now stand at 13,403, a drop on the last set of data.
The occupancy of beds in general hospital and ICU wards has reached Level 4 in the Comunidad Valenciana, the maximum level of the national COVID-19 risk assessment system, which means that the general occupation has exceeded 15% of patients admitted with COVID-19, whilst more than 25% of ICU beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients, according to data supplied in Nº 246 of the Ministry of Health report.
On a more positive note, across the region, 15 of the 24 health authorities have recorded drops in their 14-day IA rates over the weekend.
The national 14-day IA rate has risen very slightly to 529.43 new infections per 100,000 population in the last 24 hours
The Ministry of Health has ordered 20 million doses of the Pzifer vaccine, which was yesterday announced to be “90% effective”, which will be delivered early 2021. They will be used initially to immunize 10 million people across the country, starting with the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, those more susceptible to severe COVID-19 infection and healthcare professionals. It is hoped that there will be sufficient percentage of Spanish and European citizens vaccinated by next spring, in particular by May when it is predicted that the pandemic will enter “a different stage” which is why the current State of Alarm has been extended until that time. Health Minister Salvador Illa warned that “there are still difficult months ahead” and that the population should not lower its guard because of this news.
Three regions remain above 1,000 new infections per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days: Melilla (1,107.68), Ceuta (1,033.30) and Aragón (1004.86). Navarra, which has been under strict measures since October 22nd, has seen its rate drop below 1,000 for the first time since October 20th. The Region of Madrid, which has also been in various degrees of lockdown, has seen its IA rate drop by 27% since October 14th. At the other end of the scale, Cantabria, which saw a number of restrictive measures introduced last week, has seen its rate rise by 75% over the same period.
From today (Tuesday), Andalusia is confining its residents to their municipalities until November 23rd whilst extending the night-time curfew from 10.00pm to 7.00am the following day. In addition, the hospitality sector and all non-essential activity has to close at 6.00pm, except in the province of Granada where there is a complete lockdown due to a very high 14-day IA rate of 1,194 per 100,000 residents.