May 15, 2021

The Valencian Community, with a positive trend, looks towards reconstruction

With a positive trend in the health data of the coronavirus -59% of those infected have been cured and it is the fifth autonomy with the lowest incidence of the disease-, the Valencian Community is in a position to complete the phases of de-escalation and begins to think already in the reconstruction.


The Valencian Community has registered 12,834 coronavirus infections (of which 31.5% are active) and 1,279 deaths, and has already exceeded 7,500 hospital discharges.

The second half of March was the worst of the pandemic, with an exponential increase in positive cases, income and deaths, and the most critical situation in healthcare pressure was from April 2 to 8, the week in which there were 380 daily admissions. in the ICU.

Currently, 4.9% of cases are hospitalized (six times less than a month ago) and the ICU has been in the lowest figures for hospitalizations for forty days (114 people), while the cumulative incidence (cases for each 100,000 inhabitants) is 14.55 (in Spain it is 3.5 times more than 50.99).

166,508 coronavirus detection tests have been carried out (122,806 PCR and 43,702 rapid tests) and the health professionals who have been infected have been 2,288 (with four deceased).


The Valencian Government, which has apologized to health professionals for not having arrived on time in the distribution of materials, launched Operation Silk Road, thanks to which it has brought 17 planes with 600 tons of masks from China, gloves or PPE, and has promoted local production with Valencian companies.

It has also built three field hospitals (one for each province, together with the reference hospitals), with 1,100 additional beds, which at the moment have not been necessary – they are being used to carry out the 6,600 tests of the seroprevalence study – and They will keep until December in case of outbreaks.

In addition, it has reached agreements with hotels to accommodate light and asymptomatic patients and health and security personnel; has fitted out a part of the old La Fe hospital, and has hired 3,300 health and socio-health professionals.


“The hardest face of the virus has been revealed in the residences of the elderly,” admitted the Minister of Health, Ana Barceló: 2,068 residents have tested positive and 476 have died (one in three deaths in the Valencian Community corresponds to the elderly who lived in residences), while there have been 662 infections in the social health personnel.

A total of 140 nursing homes have presented an outbreak (there are currently 76) and there are 30 that are still under active surveillance by the Ministry of Health.

The Office of the Prosecutor maintains fourteen civil investigations to monitor the evolution of these centers, after archiving the penal systems.


In the economic sphere, 63,767 temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) have been submitted, affecting 393,037 workers. In a month, as many as in the last 59 years have been resolved, according to the Ministry of Economy.

Among those is that of the Ford plant in Almussafes (Valencia), which stopped production in mid-March by filing a case of force majeure for its 7,400 employees, and has returned to activity this week, in which will sign a new ERTE, now for organizational and production reasons.

One of the sectors most affected by this crisis is tourism, which represents 14.5% of the GDP of the Valencian Community and 15% of employment -and which already suffered a first impact with the postponement of the Fallas-, so that the Valencian Government has allocated 6.5 million in aid and has asked for a comprehensive Tourism Plan and a European protocol that guarantees the safety of destinations.


During the pandemic, the Valencian Government has signed several agreements with employers and unions during the social dialogue, to allocate aid to the self-employed (57.5 million) and low-income workers affected by ERTE (30 million) or who They have reduced their working day due to family reconciliation (3 million).

The president of the Valencian Generalitat, Ximo Puig, who was the first to request that Europe activate a Marshall Plan, has requested a great Valencian agreement for economic and social reconstruction that unites all of society and to which the opposition parties, headed by the PP, they have been inclined.


The Valencian Government, which continues to bet on health departments as a criterion for de-escalation but will not make this a reason for confrontation, maintains that, with the current trend, the Valencian Community is in a position to go to phase 1 next week.

Puig has a commission of experts in different areas that advise him to design the way out of a crisis that, up to now, has led to an invoice of 400 million euros for the Valencian Community.

By Loli Benlloch


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