Wednesday, August 17

Covid infections soar with 1,490 cases in 24 hours to two days after Christmas

The risk of contagion in the province of Alicante by covid-19 follow increasing worryingly as it expands through all the regions. The incidence has soared in the last week to 645 active cases per 100,000 inhabitants and, after the latest data offered by the Ministry of Health, the new infections by provinces are 1,490 in Alicante, lor that places the global figure at 212,032 affected; 379 in Castellón until reaching a total of 64,869 and, finally, 1,878 in Valencia with a record of 306,667 positives.

As reported on Wednesday, the figure only in the Alicante regions rose to 11,815 infected, about 23% more than in the previous data review last Friday. In these five days, therefore, more than 5,000 new infections have been diagnosed and the trend experiences an upward curve. In fact, the infections diagnosed by PCR reached 883 on Tuesday and 1,490 on Wednesday. That is, 607 more positives in a single day to which we must add four new deaths.

The number of people who have overcome the disease in the province of Alicante since the pandemic began in March 2020 reaches 199,714. In the whole of the Valencian Community there are 550,321.


And all of it two days from Christmas. At least the hospital pressure has gotten a slight respite in the last 24 hours. Of the 264 people hospitalized on Tuesday, it rose to 241 on Wednesday. But the health professionals consulted believe that it is a small downward peak within a clearly increasing evolution. In other words, Alicante hospitals will continue to be filled with covid patients continuously in the coming days.

Alicante hospitals currently have 241 infected with covid and 57 of them are in the ICU. In the Valencian Community there are 768 hospitalized and 145 of them in the ICU.


With the 2,604 discharges to coronavirus patients registered to date, the number of people who have overcome the disease since the pandemic began in the Valencian Community amounts to 550,321 people. By provinces, registrations are distributed as follows: 199,714 in Alicante, 60,544 in Castellón and 290,007 in Valencia. However, the total number of unassigned registrations remains at 56.

Valencian hospitals They currently have 768 people admitted, 145 of them in the ICU: 146 in the province of Castellón, 23 in the ICU; 241 in the province of Alicante, 57 of them in the ICU; and 381 in the province of Valencia, 65 in the ICU. 9 deaths from coronavirus have been reported since the last update, so the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic amounts to 8,059: 3,099 in Alicante, 900 in Castellón province and 4,060 in Valencia province. They are specifically six women, aged between 49 and 92 years, and three men between 62 and 73 years.

According to the officially registered data, there are currently 36,630 active cases, which represents 6.16% of the total positives. In addition, since the last update, an outbreak of ten or more cases has been reported in Castellón de la Plana. Specifically, there are 16 infections produced in the workplace.

If at the end of last week the province of Alicante entered what is considered a very high risk of contagion according to the new “traffic light” of the Ministry of Health, now it is fully immersed in it. All Alicante health departments far exceed 500 active cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with the exception of Elche-Crevillent which, for now, is still at high risk. The area with the worst data continues to be the Marina Baixa but the panorama has worsened in a very special way in the Alcoy area followed by Dénia. The incidence in the Health Departments of Elche-General Hospital, Elda and Torrevieja also stands out. The three remaining health areas -Sant Joan d’Alacant, Orihuela, and Alicante-General Hospital- maintain, for the moment, lower figures.

Suspension of recreational activities of the town councils

The sixth wave of the pandemic is leading municipalities to suspend some of the recreational and festive activities that they had scheduled for the Christmas holidays. The need to prevent the spread of the virus has led the government of Novelda to suspend the chimes of New Year’s Eve and other activities. In Sax the celebration of the Cabildo for next Sunday has been canceled and in Elda the traditional performance of “El Tenorio”, scheduled for the Holy Innocents day, has been canceled.

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