Benidorm back in ‘extreme risk’ phase after long weekend around public holiday

by Lorraine Williamson
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BENIDORM – The coastal tourist town of Benidorm on the Costa Blanca officially returned to a situation of ‘extreme risk’ on Friday for the spread of the coronavirus. 

The regional government of the Valencian Community has reached an incidence of 254 coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants. This percentage is more than five times the average for the whole of Spain, which is 44.5 positives. This was reported on Friday by the national Ministry of Health. 

Benidorm registered 179 new Covid-19 infections in the past fourteen days, according to sources from the Valencian Ministry of Health. This increase coincides with the large flow of tourists celebrating the long weekend Spanish national holiday around October 12. It was also the UK October school break. And means Benidorm is not classified as an extreme risk for coronavirus infection.

Return of British tourists 

After months of waiting, the entrepreneurs on the Costa Blanca and in Benidorm are finally seeing British tourists again. However, that return is accompanied by a more unwanted return: that of the coronavirus. Following the end of UK travel restrictions on travel to Spain, British travellers already account for 22% of the total. And the UK is consolidating as the main issuance market, as reported by the hotel association Hosbec. 

According to the latest official data, the cumulative incidence of the coronavirus in the UK has skyrocketed to 894.2 infected per 100,000 population, as reported by ABC. With more than 40,000 daily cases together with Russia and Turkey the highest in Europe. 

In the Valencian Community as a whole, the incidence has increased slightly in recent days and has reached 38 cases, according to information from the Ministry of Health, a lot lower than in Benidorm. 

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