An internal report from the Ministry of Health qualifies as “not encouraging” the graph in “sawtooth” that shows the growth data of coronavirus cases in the Orihuela health department and that has caused that between the week of December 28 and January 3 some municipalities have exceeded 600 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants accumulated in the last two weeks, as is the case of Orihuela city and that in one of the municipalities, Callosa de Segura, that rate is less than a thousand -something that would force new restrictions- . Something that leaves this department, again, the high level of alert.
The same document that assesses the situation in the two health areas of the region – that of Orihuela and Torrevieja- indicates that “unfortunately the expected rebound has occurred in a more intense way in the Department of Orihuela,” with a situation similar to that of the beginning of November. “The Department of Torrevieja also shows an increase in cases” but it is still maintained, except in some municipalities, below the high alert level “.
Specifically, the accumulated incidence in the last 14 days, from December 21 to January 3, places the Department of Orihuela at the maximum alert level, 586.57 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants, there is “a tremendously worrying rebound” with respect to the previous report, which heads Callosa de Segura with 1,113 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants, followed by Bigastro with 995 and Dolores with 669.
In the Department of Torrevieja, the cumulative incidence in the last 14 days stands at 233 and “the upward trend begins to stabilize.” San Miguel de Salinas leads the accumulated Incidence in this department with 845.21 by 105, followed by Los Montesinos with 362.32 and Guardamar 280.17.
In the department of Torrevieja, San Miguel de Salinas leads the accumulated incidence in this Department with 845.21 per one hundred thousand inhabitants, followed by Los Montesinos with 362 and Guardamar 280.
In the Department of Orihuela the last week, from January 28 to 3, 2021, a “significant rebound” has been confirmed. The same report indicates that this rebound confirms the increase observed in the previous week. And it is that “despite having two holidays and therefore having carried out fewer diagnostic tests” the number of cases has risen from 334 a 671. This department adds 7,027 cases since the pandemic began.
In the Department of Torrevieja, the number of cases also maintains the increase observed in the previous week and exceeds 205 a 234, although the increase “is much less striking.” The cumulative incidence since the beginning of the pandemic of 4.169.
The average hospital admissions has also increased notably, especially in the Department of Orihuela, where it has not dropped below fifty, among those admitted to the ward and ICU.
From the beginning of the pandemic, the cases diagnosed by municipality have maintained Orihuela (without the coast), Callosa, Almoradí and Albatera in the statement head. In the Department of Torrevieja, it is this municipality that has reported the most total cases since the start of the pandemic, followed by Pilar de la Horadada and Guardamar.
What the report does not include is the death toll caused by the virus in both departments. The registry of cases diagnosed in both areas -Orihuela almost doubles those notified in Torrevieja since March- contrasts with the death figures. 120 deaths in the Torrevieja area and 86 in the Orihuela area. Something that could be explained by a lower level of PCR testing in the Torrevieja area, especially during the first wave, to which a significantly older proportion of the population in coastal areas would be added.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.