25 Aug, 2021 @ 12:11
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Dramatic figures show teenagers dominating COVID-19 cases in Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain

Dramatic figures show teenagers dominating COVID-19 cases in Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain
Young people celebrate and drink at night during the first weekend without alarm state and restrictions and with no curfew in Passeig del Born square in Barcelona, Spain on May 15 2021. Thousands of tourists, mainly from France, and young spaniards flock to the city downtown and beaches to celebrate the newfound freedom with spontaneous street parties, also known as "botellones", often without respecting the social distancing rules and without wearing face masks. The police had to intervene on many occasions to disperse the young crowds. (Photo by Davide Bonaldo/Sipa USA) *** Local Caption *** 33385369

COVID-19 case figures for the Valencian Community have shown unvaccinated teenagers and young people dramatically pushing up infection rates.

The region as a whole now averages 244.65 infections per 100,000 people.

Spain’s average comes in at 305.61 and the Valencian region now has the third lowest rate in the country.

After 47 consecutive days of being in the ‘extreme’ risk category, the Community has gone into the lower threshold of ‘maximum’ risk.

The worst figure in the current COVID-19 wave was on July 26 with 592.54 cases per 100,000.

The statistical age breakdown reveals where the problems are coming from and why authorities have been trying to stop illegal gatherings of younger people.

The highest incidence of infections is in the 12 to 19 age range with 607.97 cases per 100,000 people.

That’s followed by 530.68 cases in the 20 to 29 age group.

A major vaccination push is taking to place to get younger people jabbed, especially with the imminent start of the new school and college year next month.

The Delta variant accounts for over 94% of new coronavirus cases in the Valencian Community.

Hospitalisations are below the national average, with 4.68% of total ward-admitted patients being treated for COVID-19, with 12.60% of intensive care bed occupied by coronavirus sufferers.


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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