Valencia region resists fourth wave as most of Spain sees infections spike

Valencia region resists fourth wave as most of Spain sees infections spike
Malvarrosa Beach in Valencia. Photo: José Jordan/AFP
Although there has been a slight increase in cases in the eastern region after Easter, Alicante, Valencia and Castellón continue to have one of the lowest infection rates in Europe. 

Spain’s Valencia region continues to have the lowest infection rate of all 17 autonomous communities in Spain with a cumulative fortnightly infection rate of 36 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on April 12th. 

This is slightly higher than the rate of 31 cases per 100,000 The Local reported three weeks ago when covering what was behind Valencia’s success, but the Mediterranean region continues to have one of the lowest rates of prevalence of Covid-19 in Europe. 

The Valencian Health Ministry on Monday April 12th reported 83 new Covid cases and six deaths since its previous report.

Meanwhile Spain’s average 14-day infection rate has gone from 128 cases per 100,000 people on March 23rd to 199 cases per 100,000 people on April 12th. 

As feared, Spain has seen infections spike after Easter, with the government’s chief epidemiologist Fernando Simón confirming on Monday April 12th that Spain is now in the midst of the fourth wave of the coronavirus. 

There have been 78,862 new infections recorded since April 1st across Spain, pressure on ICU units has increased slightly.

“We’re in the fourth wave of the pandemic; we can’t stop what already happened,” Simón stressed.  

Five autonomies are in the extreme risk category (fortnightly infection rates over 250 cases): Navarra (425), Madrid (336), the Basque Country (320), Ceuta (498) and Melilla (537), according to the latest health ministry data.

At the other end of the scale are Galicia with 75.39 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, Murcia with 67.76 per 100,000, the Balearics with 57.36 and lowest of all Valencia with 36.34 cases per 100,000. 

Spanish newspapers such as ABC continue to report, just as they did before Easter, that La Comunidad Valencia’s infection rate is one of the lowest in the world. 

It’s worth noting that the British strain of the coronavirus has almost completely replaced the original virus in Alicante, Castellón and Valencia provinces, accounting for 94.8 percent of new cases detected in the last week.

On April 10th, the Valencian government passed a new decree which extends some of its strictest restrictions until the end of the state of alarm, which Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez recently suggested would go ahead on May 9th. 

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This will mean regional borders remain closed until then and the curfew from 10pm to 6am is kept in place.

Other measures such as a limit of six people meeting outdoors and a 6pm closing time for bars and restaurants will be kept in place until April 25th.   

“”For Valencians, the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has already passed,” regional president Ximo Puig proclaimed on April 4th, while insisting that the “objective continues to be to save lives.”

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