The spread of the coronavirus in the Valencian Community maintains a constant rate of growth during the last dates of 2021 and is expected to continue increasing in the first weeks of 2022, after the celebration of the festivities of Christmas and New Years Eve. The epidemiological situation worries the experts who advise the Generalitat, although it presents substantial differences with respect to the fourth wave that devastated the region at the beginning of 2021.
According to the data published by the Conselleria de Sanidad Universal y Salud Pública, a total of 8,353 new cases of Covid-19 last Thursday, a figure that had not been recorded since January. A number of positives that raises the total number of infected in the Valencian Community above 59,000
Just a year ago, the department headed by Ana Barceló reported a total of 2,832 infections of coronavirus, practically three times less than those notified this December 30. A tessitura caused by the transmission of the variant omicron, as well as for the meetings held during the Christmas season, where the covid passport all the power to contain the virus, unlike twelve months ago when restrictions such as curfew, closing times in restaurants and leisure and maximum number of people in family gatherings remained in force.
“Whoever is not vaccinated should stay at home this New Year’s Eve”, the vice-president of the Generalitat Valenciana was so exhaustive during her last public intervention, Monica Oltra. The also spokesperson for the Consell described the epidemiological situation as “a very different panorama”, thanks to the vaccination of more than ninety percent of the target population.
For Oltra there is a “fundamental” difference between this New Year’s Eve and the last one, as it faced “with only four days vaccinating people and now nine out of ten people are already protected against it. Covid-19».
Regarding healthcare pressure, the Ministry of Health reports in its latest daily balance that a total of 967 people are admitted in Valencian hospitals because of the coronavirus, of which 186 remain in the ICU. A year ago, the number of patients exceeded 1,700 and in intensive care it was close to 300, figures that, for Oltra, explain that the current situation “has nothing to do with other waves”.
“In the preceding epidemic waves, those admitted to the ICU were practically all intubated, now they are because they are not vaccinated or due to greater observation if they have chronic diseases,” explained the vice president, who also pointed out that hospitalization is down compared to last week.
Restrictions in effect for New Years Eve
The Valencian Community presents a cumulative incidence of 1,170 infections per hundred thousand inhabitants and a percentage of positivity close to twenty-two percent. Despite the fact that the transmission of the coronavirus is uncontrolled, the Executive that presides Ximo Puig It has not implemented restrictions on capacity, hours and curfews as other Spanish autonomous communities such as Catalonia, Aragon, Galicia, the Canary Islands or the Basque Country have carried out, among other regions.
The Generalitat trusts the covid passport, in force until January 31, as the main tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in closed spaces of public attendance such as bars, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, party venues, indoor pools and mass events.
However, different Valencian consistories have canceled their New Year’s Eve parties, as is the case in Valencia, Alicante and Elche, in addition to the traditional ones cavalcades of kings, which for example in the capital of Turia will be held in a static format within the Plaza de Toros.
On the other hand, the obligation to wear a mask in closed spaces and outdoors, as well as in all kinds of transport, whether public or private. In restaurants, hotels and leisure the maximum number of people per table is still ten, while on the terraces of these establishments smoking is prohibited if it is not possible to respect an interpersonal distance of two meters.