Monday, January 24

The Valencian Community, new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Spain




The Generalitat Valenciana admitted this Saturday its “concern” about the high risk due to the spread of coronavirus in the region and because of the “difficulties” to lower a contagion curve that soared in October after a holiday bridge: “It is costing us a lot and we have to be strict in the measures.”

The Valencian Community has gone in two months from being the peninsular autonomy with the lowest accumulated incidence of Covid-19 to exceed for the first time the Spanish average number of infections, with 232 positives per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the information provided by the Ministry of Health. In cities like Valencia, the incidence of the coronavirus has skyrocketed to 289 cases in the last fourteen days.

In addition, the region has become the new epicenter of the pandemic in Spain with the largest positivity rate (the percentage of coronavirus positives obtained by each PCR test) with fourteen percent, double the average for the country as a whole).

In addition, the basic rate of reproduction has rebounded to 0.88. An indicator close to one percent that reveals a critical situation due to the rapid spread of Covid-19.

The healthcare pressure in the region chaired by Ximo Puig has also exceeded the national average

The government that leads Ximo Puig (especially critical of the management of the pandemic carried out by the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso) defends that its strategy for tracking positive cases has led to a better selection of people who are tested and, consequently, this factor would explain the higher cumulative incidence and the rate of positivity of the coronavirus that presents the region.

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However, the Generalitat Valenciana, which this Saturday decreed measures to stop the expansion of the Covid-19 which will be in force until January 15 with the exceptions for Christmas, it has been one of the least restrictive autonomous governments in the last two months in which the incidence of coronavirus from the threshold of one hundred cases per 100,000 inhabitants to the current 232. For example, unlike other neighboring regions like Catalonia O Murcia, in the Valencian Community the hotel trade has not been closed.

Tail in PCR tests and lead in ICU

In addition, the Valencian Community has been at the tail of Spain throughout the pandemic in terms of conducting tests to detect coronavirus. As of today, the ratio stands at 1,460 PCR and antigen tests per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 1,902 for the average for the country as a whole, according to the latest data updated by the Ministry of Health. Only five autonomies and the city of Melilla practice fewer tests than the Generalitat Valenciana.

Image of Ximo Puig and Mónica Oltra taken this Saturday at the Palau de la Generalitat
Image of Ximo Puig and Mónica Oltra taken this Saturday at the Palau de la Generalitat – EFE

In this context, the welfare pressure in the region presided over by the socialist Ximo Puig it has also exceeded the national average. 10.7 percent of the places available in Valencian hospitals are occupied by patients infected with Covid-19. This percentage rises to 27.29 percent in the case of ICUs.

The Valencian Community, in fact, leads the number of intensive care admissions in the last week ahead of more populated regions such as Andalusia and with five times more hospitalizations in the ICU for the coronavirus than the Community of Madrid.

Since the pandemic of the coronavirus The Generalitat Valenciana has reported 108,088 positive cases and 2,477 deaths as a result of Covid-19. In this regard, the increase in fatality in the last two months is another of the aspects that most concerns health authorities.

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