Daily News 19th July

Ximo Puig, president of the Valencian community, announces the beginning of vaccination of the 20 to 29 year old age group

This coming week people aged between 20 and 29 years old can expect to be given an appointment. It will occur in those health departments where the vaccination process is more advanced. According to Puig, vaccination of the population born between 1992 and 2001 will begin in all health departments during the last week of July.The head of the Consell has also announced “Operation Repesca”, the vaccination process for people of different age groups who were not vaccinated during their allocated time for different reasons – roughly 125,000 people throughout the Valencian Community. Janssen will be administered to those between 40 and 59 years old; and those between the ages of 60 and 69 will receive AstraZeneca.

Races and fights in Torrevieja to get a spot on the beach

Dozens of bathers queue up early every morning to get a spot on the beach in the center of Torrevieja. An image has gone viral on social media when viewers decided to record this peculiar scene and share it. There are days when access to the beach has to be closed due to the beach reaching full capacity. Long lines early in the day and when access to the beach is allowed, bathers run and fight to plant their umbrella in one of the plots set up on the beach to control the capacity and guarantee the safety distance due to the health situation. It is for that reason that for many days the beach has to be closed because it has reached full capacity and it cannot be accessed until a plot is released.

The Provincial Council subsidizes the launching of artificial castles in the municipalities

The Alicante Provincial Council relaunches the “Torna la llum” project and will subsidize firework displays this summer – worth 90,000 euros – in five municipalities of the province. The objective of this initiative, which was launched last year in five other locations, is to support the Alicante pyrotechnic sector, one of the most affected by the Covid-19 crisis due to the cancelling of festivals and popular celebrations. The pyrotechnic shows will take place between the end of July and throughout the month of August, as determined by the beneficiary municipalities, which this year are Benidorm, Torrevieja, Beneixama, Altea and Sant Joan d’Alacant.

A “botellón” - public group binge drinking - of 1,000 people was cleared in Torrevieja

In the early hours of this past Saturday morning. As reported by the Government, it happened around 02:20 in the morning, in the area of the natural pools, when the local police reported a “macro botellón” of about 1,000 people. Several Civil Guard patrols came to the scene and evacuated the area without incident. It is one of the several “botellones” that the Security Forces and Bodies have located during the first weekend with a curfew in 32 municipalities of the Valencian Community.

The Valencian Community has registered more cases of coronavirus in the past seven days than in the entire months of May and June

The fifth wave of the pandemic has hit Valencia hard. The Ministry of Health yesterday reported 2,678 new positive cases of coronavirus registered in the last 24 hours, which brings the numbers to 431,509 people who have been infected since the beginning of the health crisis. The epicenter is still in Valencia, since according to the distribution of Health by provinces it includes 1,750, Alicante 702 and Castelló 226. With yesterday’s update, the week closes with a level of infections that had not been reached since the third wave. The 14,472 accumulated since Monday represent almost 50% more than those notified the previous week (10,150) and more than 100% than the previous week (6,890). The last time we saw numbers like that was back in February.

The exponential growth of this fifth wave is surprising even to the experts, who – although they knew that the Delta variant is much more contagious than the previous ones – they expected the figures to slow down somewhat earlier, which is not yet happening.

The big difference between the two waves is that now the vulnerable population is vaccinated and protected, which lightens the load on hospitals. However, experts recall that the immunity it provides is never complete and that if transmission continues to increase, it will inevitably end up having an impact on the pressure in health centers.

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