WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE many people worried about the current SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, and want to know what things are like here in Spain.
EDITORIAL NOTE: For the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic on the Orihuela Costa, please refer to the latest article. The information and data quoted in this article are out of date. To read the latest news article click here.
We thought it might be best to explain what´s going on from the perspective of those of us who live and work here, and deliver just the facts without the misinformation that seems to follow the media coverage of this disease.
The coronavirus 2019 pandemic is an ongoing and fluid situation and things can change very quickly, but right now business in our part of the Orihuela Costa is continuing very much as usual with just a few exceptions that might be visible to visitors.
The vast majority of local shops, restaurants, and bars are open as usual. A minority of Asian operated businesses have chosen to close their doors, but these are exceptional circumstances for everyone. We do not have food shortages in Orihuela Costa, or shortages of medical supplies or daily essentials.
Alicante province registers 26 positive CoVid-19 infections and zero deaths
Nationwide, Spain has 3,760 confirmed cases of patients that have tested positive for CoVid-19 coronavirus and 87 people have tragically lost their lives to the disease. And whilst these numbers were correct at the time of publication, they will have almost certainly changed by the time you read this article.
The vast majority of people with a positive diagnosis for coronavirus are located in the Spanish capital city of Madrid or central Northern provinces such as Burgos and La Rioja.
The first positive case of coronavirus in the Vega Baja occurred nine days ago on Wednesday 4th March, and as of this morning (Friday 13th March 2020), just 26 people have been diagnosed with the virus in the entire Alicante Province – home to a population of 1.8 million residents. Thankfully, to date, no lives have been lost to the disease in our province.
Torrevieja Hospital remains free of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection
Orihuela has registered one incident of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and the University Hospital of Torrevieja had a suspected coronavirus diagnosis on 20th January that subsequently proved negative upon testing. Since then the hospital has detected zero cases of coronavirus infection.
Alicante-Elche International Airport and the Internacional Región de Murcia Airport in Corvera continue to operate scheduled flights to all European destinations except for Italy.
Of course, we all have our part to play in stopping the transmission of coronavirus, and some large events and scheduled public gatherings have been cancelled or postponed until at least Monday 23rd March. This includes the St Patrick´s Day parade that was scheduled to take place this coming Sunday.
All public schools will close indefinitely at the end of the day today with teachers broadcasting lessons via the internet, and all local markets have been cancelled throughout the Orihuela Costa and neighbouring Murcia, Pilar de la Horadada, and Torrevieja.
We hope that in time things will get back to normal for everyone.
Photo credit: La Zenia