18 Sep, 2020 @ 12:02
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Travel bubble setback as Benidorm records two COVID-19 outbreaks on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Over 9,000 COVID-19 deaths recorded since start of pandemic in Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain
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TWO COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported in Benidorm which has been trying hard to promote itself as a ‘safe’ destination for UK tourists to visit.

24 hours after the Costa Blanca resort said that it wanted to create a safe travel bubble branded as ‘Benidorm Island’, regional health officials last night(September 17) reported the two outbreaks in the area.

Both were of ‘social origin’ and consisted of eight and six cases.

On Wednesday, Benidorm council said they planned to charter a plane to fly from the UK to Alicante-Elche airport with journalists and travel agents to show off how safe the resort was.

They want the British government to waive their 14-day quarantine restrictions for the return journey.

Meanwhile, new coronavirus cases across Alicante Province fell in the latest update from the Valencian health ministry.

In the Thursday report, 264 cases were reported as opposed to 282 the previous day.

New infections across the whole of the Valencian Community confirmed by a PCR test stood at 681, with Valencia Province producing the highest figure at 372.

Three people have died from the coronavirus in Alicante Province since the Wednesday update.

Besides the two outbreaks in Benidorm, other clusters in the Costa Blanca area were reported in Orihuela, Guardamar and Muro de Alcoi.

Like in Benidorm, they were all down to ‘social origin’.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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