Friday 27th November 2020 – MIKE SMITH
The latest figures for the Comunidad Valenciana, released by the regional health ministry this morning, show large rises across the region as it appears that discrepancies reported on Tuesday have been corrected. For more information, please refer to the links given at the bottom of the page as our report is based on the official figures given in these sources.
Xàbia has recorded 8 new infections confirmed by PCR test since the last update with the total number of infections rising to 232 since the crisis began. Consequently, the 14-day cumulative rate (IA) has also risen, now standing at 68.83 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The death toll remains at 3.
The Dénia Health Authority, which covers almost all of the Marina Alta region, has recorded 50 new infections since the last update bringing the total to 1,931 positive cases since the crisis began. This represents the biggest rise since earlier in the month, but could be due to corrections after the previous update which recorded the lowest rise in new infections since mid-October.
As if confirming that there have been corrections, the 14-day IA rate has remained 78.61 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, despite the readjustment and it remains the lowest since the end of October. The rate is now the lowest rate in the whole Comunidad Valenciana, after the health authority of La Marina Baixa reported a substantial increase in its rate, rising by over 66% to 97.73.
The death toll in the Marina Alta climbs one to 36 after Ondara recorded its second fatality from COVID-19.
The new infections have been recorded in the following municipalities:
- Pedreguer – 16
- Dénia – 10
- Xàbia – 8
- Calp – 6
- El Vergel – 4
- Orba – 3
- Benissa – 1
- Ondara – 1
- Pego – 1
The Communidad Valenciana is experiencing the worst evolution of the pandemic over the last week and the region now leads the country in terms of positivity rate with a figure of 16.10%. Essentially, this number shows how hard you have to look to find a case. Thus, just over 16 positive cases are being found for every 100 tests (not necessarily people) carried out at the moment. The national average is 10.60%. Experts recommend that region with a rate above 15% should limit the activities of its population.
After reaching a new high on Tuesday, the 14-day IA rate for the whole region is now 275.77 new infections in 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants and can no longer claim to have the lowest rate in mainland Spain, rising above Extremadura (270.02), Galicia (268.57), and Madrid (252.06).
In the latest report published by the regional health authorities, 16 of the 24 health authorities have seen rises in their rates, particularly La Marina Baixa and Torrevieja, the latter more than doubling in 14 days.
Health Minister Ana Barceló has confirmed that the proposed measures for the festive period are likely to be a maximum of 10 people meeting in a family environment and only on certain days: December 24th, December 25th, January 1st, January 5th, and January 6th. The parades of the Three Kings, traditionally held on the night of January 5th, are not recommended, unless they are static, with different entrance and exit points, and with controlled capacity.
Nationwide, the 14-day IA rate continues to drop and now stands at 325.50 new infections in 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants, the lowest figure since October 21st. Only the Canary Islands saw a rise in yesterday’s figures, albeit a very slight increase, whilst those regions previously leading the way in infections, such as Navarra, Andalucia, and La Rioja, have seen their rates drop by more than 50% over the past two weeks.
Despite the promising figures – and the pressure on hospitals easing – Fernando Simón, director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts (CCAES), said that all key indicators continue to be “very high” and that “this is not where we want to be”, adding that “it is important for both individuals and institutions to keep up the pressure and maintain the measures”.