The three provinces of the Valencia region (Alicante, Castellón and Valencia) have remained the lowest case rates in Spain throughout the entire pandemic.
On Tuesday, the Valencian Community reported 1,318 new coronavirus cases confirmed by PCR and through antigen tests, which increased the total number of positives to 51,013 since the pandemic began.
Most of the new cases come from the province of Valencia (816), followed by Alicante (377) and Castellón (125).
The region has the fourth lowest incidence in Spain with 132.68 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This is massively below the national average of 322.94 cases per 100,000 inhabitants across Spain for the last two weeks.
On Tuesday afternoon the regional president said that he was considering imposing a curfew on the entire region regardless of whether this was agreed as a national measure, due to the growing rate of cases amongst the student population. This comes on the back of the outbreak due to a party at Valencia University.
Recoveries: Since the last update, 595 patient discharges have been registered, so the total number of people cured since the start of the pandemic in the region now stands at 52,349: currently, there are 6,723 active cases.
Valencian hospitals currently have 717 people admitted. In the province of Alicante, 50 of them are in the ICU.
The total number of tests carried out for the detection of the coronavirus now amount to 1,265,149, of which 1,110,410 have been PCR tests and 154,739 rapid tests.
The curfew is looking like it will be from midnight to 6am until December 9th, meaning bars will need to close an hour earlier. An exception will be made for key workers and night shift workers, but there will be no socialising during this time.
The idea is that the curfew (toque de queda in Spanish) will last until December 9 so that when Christmas arrives, there will be theoretically low numbers of infections of coronavirus which will make it possible to have greater mobility and families can socialise for the holidays.
The Spanish government is also in talks of creating a “bubble” policy, similar to the U.K. and other European countries. Currently, there is no limit on how many groups of people you can socialise with in a given day, the only limit is how many at a given time. These measures will be discussed in detail in parliament.
Both of these policies will affect Benidorm if they are approved.