1,318 – Valencian Community breaks daily infection record
The Valencian Community broke its daily records after diagnosing 1,318 patients with COVID-19 on Monday.
The health department of the Valencian Community (Sanitat) has announced the highest number of daily infections since the start of the pandemic.
Before the update – published on Tuesday – the Valencian Community had never seen infections above 1,000 in a 24-hour period.
The announcement comes as at least two hospitals in the Valencian region are recording a spike in intensive care admissions for coronavirus.
Tuesday saw 717 patients admitted into hospital and 113 into intensive care (ICU).
Valencia’s Hospital Clínico has 60% of ICU beds taken up by COVID-19 patients, while Lluís Alcanyis in Xàtiva is over 50%.
The spike, coupled with hospital stress, has led the president of the Valencian Community to request a 12pm-5pm curfew before Halloween.
Ximo Puig is today (Wednesday) formally making the request before Pedro Sanchez’s team.
Despite the spike in infections and hospital admissions, the Valencian Community is still one the least-affected areas in Spain.
The region went for 25 days with the lowest accumulated incidence (cases per 100,000) in all of Spain.
Only 6.84% of hospital beds set aside for COVID-19 patients are occupied – compared with an average of 11% across Spain’s autonomous communities.
Just 12.17% of ICU beds are occupied in Valencian region hospitals – compared to 21.51% across Spain.