Tuesday, September 21

Benidorm, Orihuela and Torrevieja control the pandemic, but Elche does not bend the curve

Benidorm, Torrevieja Y Orihuela get a cumulative incidence cases of coronavirus in the last 14 days below 100 per 100,000 inhabitants, which is the figure from which experts consider the situation worrisome. Specifically, Orihuela has a cumulative incidence of 49, Torrevieja of 51 and Benidorm of 78. All of them also have managed to slightly reduce the cases compared to last Tuesday, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health.

By cons, three other of the ten main municipalities of the province, Elche, San Vicente del Raspeig Y Dénia increase their cumulative incidence in the last three days. The case of Elche is particularly noteworthy, which cannot clearly bend the curve of this second wave and stands at 229 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, when at the end of October, the date on which more restrictive measures were taken, rate was 260 cases.

In the case of Alicante, its cumulative incidence rate reaches 176 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and falls fifteen points with respect to the last update. It is not a great decline, but at least it does not rise, in line with the general stagnation of the province.

Within the ten Alicante cities with the most population, Elche, Alcoy and Elda are located above 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, although in the case of Elda, whose incidence soared, it should be noted that thanks to the restrictions it has managed to reduce its cumulative incidence by 154 points compared to the previous one.

The Public Health expert and professor at the University of Alicante (UA) José Tuells highlights the downward trend of the pandemic in the province and downplays the fact that it is slow. «The important thing is the trend and this is positive with a decrease in the number of cases and hospital admissions. The decline in the curve does not have to be homogeneous everywhere, among other issues, because it is possible that the circumstances that led to the rise are not either ”, explains this expert. “The more the data is disaggregated – in the sense of observing each municipality instead of the province as a whole – the more casuistry appears,” he argues. Therefore, “we must stay with the trend of the province and, in any case, of the large cities to know the situation and try to control it.”

Regarding the speed of descent, Tuells indicates that “sometimes the speed of descent also depends on the detection systems, the greater the number of tests carried out, the greater the detection of cases.”

The teacher stresses the need to maintain the trend «for what it is necessary that the population comply with the recommended measures, especially in the face of Christmas and during the holidays, so as not to have to regret another rise in infections».

In the Valencian Community, a total of 234 municipalities have added new infections in the last three days. Valencia is again the most affected city, with 730 new positives, followed by Elche (192) and Alicante (130). In total, 3,222 new infections have been detected in the last three days.

On the other hand, nine people have died in the province from covid in the last 24 hours, according to data provided by the Ministry of Health. Alicante registers 474 new cases of coronavirus -63 less than on Thursday- and another positive fact is that hospital admissions fall to 300, from the 312 that were in the last update. In addition, just two weeks ago the figure was over 500. At the moment there are 81 people admitted to the province in the ICU, one more than on Thursday.

The Valencian Community has registered 1,460 new cases of coronavirus confirmed by PCR test or through antigen tests, which put the total number of positives at 114,890 people. By provinces, the distribution of new positives is 474 in Alicante (39,163 in total), 110 in Castellón (12,697 in total); and 876 in the province of Valencia (63,028 in total).

Since the last update, 1,626 discharges to patients with coronavirus have been registered. In this way, there are already 112,571 people in the Valencian Community who have overcome the disease since the pandemic began. By provinces, 38,548 in Alicante, 12,784 in Castellón and 61,179 in Valencia. In addition, there are 60 unassigned discharges.

There are currently 11,268 active cases, representing 8.91% of the total positives.

Valencian hospitals currently have 1,139 people admitted: 300 in the province of Alicante, 81 of them in the ICU; 114 in the province of Castellón, with 19 patients in the ICU; and 725 in the province of Valencia, 140 of them in ICU.

On the other hand, a total of 31 deaths from coronavirus have been registered since the last update, so the total number of deaths is 2,581 people. The province already reaches 929 deaths with the nine counted yesterday, while a total of 341 people have died in the province of Castellón and 1,311 in that of Valencia.

The total number of tests carried out for the detection of the coronavirus amounts to 1,845,205, of which 1,679,731 have been through PCR and 165,474 through rapid test.

Alicante registered eleven of the 46 outbreaks detected in the Valencian Community. All of them are of social origin and are distributed as follows. In Elche, two outbreaks were detected with three cases each; in Callosa de Segura two with nine and five cases; in Calp another two with six and four cases; in Almoradí one with ten cases; in Cox one with thirteen cases; in Dénia one with five cases; in Altea one with four cases and in Gorga one with four other cases.

The Valencian Community registers a cumulative incidence of coronavirus in the last fourteen days of 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The Community is thus placed as the eighth autonomy with the best data, that is, in the middle of the table. Andalusia, the Canary Islands, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Murcia and Navarra are better. The one with the highest rate is the Basque Country, with 275 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. At the beginning of the week Asturias and the Basque Country were above 300 cases, a figure that now does not reach any autonomy.

59% of municipalities outside the danger threshold

In the province, 59% of the municipalities have a cumulative incidence rate of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants or less. This is the ideal situation, as you are in a pandemic control zone. Apart from Orihuela, Benidorm and Torrevieja in this list are also Mutxamel, Rojales, Guardamar del Segura, Altea, Pilar de la Horadada, Finestrat, Bigastro and San Fulgencio, among others. And as a curious fact, the fact that 19 towns in Alicante have not had a single case of covid since the pandemic began. They are small inland municipalities such as Benasau, Beniardà, Benigembla, Benifato, Bolulla and Quatretondeta.


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