Spanish tourist town on lockdown after coronavirus rate skyrockets

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A SPANISH tourist town has been put on lockdown by health officials after admitting coronavirus cases were out of control.

Strict regulations have been imposed on the 6,000 residents of Beniganim, Valencia, just 60 miles from the popular resort town of Benidorm.

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A member of the Guardia Civil questions a driver on a road leading to BeniganimCredit: EPA

The measures went into effect yesterday and residents were told not to travel except when absolutely necessary.

Restaurants, gymnasiums as well as centers for the elderly have all been closed and face-to-face educational activities have also been banned.

Valencia’s Health Minister Ana Barcelo said: “The increase in cases in recent days shows significant spread of the virus in Beniganim.

“It was a difficult but necessary decision.”

The measures will be in effect for at least 14 days.

In the week ending August 16, the city had a coronavirus infection rate of 34.24 cases per 100,000 population, but it has now risen to 994.46 in the past seven days and trackers cannot more follow the trail.

“The increase indicates sustained community transmission, which is why it is necessary to adopt temporary measures in order to stop and mitigate the risk of contagion,” said the chief of health.

“I ask for the maximum cooperation from citizens so that the additional measures adopted serve to regain control of the epidemiological situation as quickly as possible. ”

As of Monday, 194 Covid-19 tests were performed of which 51 were positive, but health officials cannot trace the source and cannot track the tracing of all contacts.

Lockdown means people can only travel for essential reasons such as going to work, seeing the doctor, returning to their usual home, caring for the elderly, minors or dependents, or for any circumstance unforeseen.

Social centers, casinos, clubs and similar establishments are closed, as well as day centers for the elderly and other groups of a social nature; bars, restaurants and other leisure establishments in the municipality, unless they offer take-out or home delivery services; gymnasiums and sports centers of all kinds, as well as parks and gardens.

Social events with guests were also organized, including sporting events with the public, weddings, baptisms and communions.

The vigils have been limited to just 15 people if they are held outdoors or to ten if they are indoors, whether they live together or not.

Travel for funerals or cremation has also been limited to just 15 people, including family members and close friends as well as, if applicable, the minister.

Spain has registered more than 23,000 new cases of Covid-19 since Friday, health emergency chief Fernando Simon said at a press conference on Monday, suggesting the infection rate had declined slightly from the August 21 peak.

Data from the Department of Health showed 2,489 new cases were diagnosed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 462,858.

Five people have died in the past day, bringing the total death toll in Spain to 29,094, according to ministry data.

City has seen huge spike in coronavirus infections

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City has seen huge spike in coronavirus infectionsCredit: EPA
The town is just 60 miles from the seaside resort of Benidorm

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The town is just 60 miles from the seaside resort of BenidormCredit: EPA

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