September becomes the crucial month as Spain’s Coronavirus new infections become the highest in the whole of Europe raising alarm to British nationals on the Costa del Sol & Costa Blanca
September becomes the crucial month for Spain as it’s Coronavirus figures now lead Europe which is becoming an alarm to British nationals who reside mainly on the Costa del Sol & Costa Blanca.
Spain has the highest Covid-19 infection rate over the last fortnight, per size of the population, as the latest figures reveal a surge in new cases across Spain.
The 14-day accumulated incidence of Coronavirus cases now stands at 132.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, exceeding the figure of the next highest rate of 98 recorded in both Luxembourg and Malta and is far above the figure of 20 for the UK, 41 for France, 60 for Belgium.
In the last week alone, Spain has registered 33,769 new cases of Covid-19, with the largest share recorded in Madrid where 10,379 people tested positive over the last 7 days.
Catalonia has also seen a spike, registering 5,166 cases in the last week, while Aragon has seen 3,126 and the Basque Country 3,071.
Spain is the country with the most reported cases across the EU area with a total of 359,082 cases, with a total of 28,646 deaths because of it, though that number only includes those who died after testing positive.
Fernando Simón, Spain’s chief epidemiologist and the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts, insisted that the numbers reflected the huge efforts that have gone into testing but the statement is not accepted by many as they study the numbers.
This week Spain’s regions have begun to introduce a raft of new measures in a bid to prevent a second wave, ahead of the start of the school year in September.
Regional education boards have yet to announce plans for the reopening of schools, prompting uncertainty and fears of looming chaos.
Already British nationals are refusing to send their children back to state schools in Spain and many more are expected to follow the stance on the Costa del Sol & Costa Blanca.
September is also the crucial month for businesses, in many instances, it’s the month expected to see the highest rate of closures as the summer season comes to the end.
Business owner Kevin Davies in Benidorm explained why to Global247news:
“ It’s what we normally call the “switch over” month, the majority of package holidaymakers visiting ends and the older generation long stayers come for the winter months, many staying up to 6 months, businesses through the summer have normally taken enough cash to see them through the slower winter months, that cash this year hasn’t materialised and it’s doubtful the older generation will return this year whilst the Coronavirus figures are as high as they are, September is crucial to everyone”
Further down the Coast Bar owner Mark Sutherland from Scotland said:
“Summer has been horrendous, now we face all sorts of confusing new regulations that will put off the influx of the winter folk who normally arrive, September is going to make or break for many folks unless restrictions are lifted quickly although the way it’s going I can see another lockdown but the big question is, can Spain afford it?”
Share on your Social Networks