On December 21, the alarms began to sound in Alcoy as the number of people becoming infected with the coronavirus continued to rise. By January, the incidence rate had risen to 1,034 cases per 100,000 inhabitants before peaking in the first week of February at more than 2,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This gave Alcoy the distinction of having the highest incident rate in Spain for a population of more than 40,000.
The latest data on the incidence of COVID-19, published by the Ministry of Health last Friday, February 19, shows a notable improvement in the number of cases, with the incidence rate now down to 233 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The Alcoy City Council points out that the figures show an apparent reduction in the number of cases and a rapid decline caused by the application of measures by both the Generalitat Valenciana and the council “that the citizens have complied with, avoiding contacts as much as possible. “. “Our city has been the city with more than 50,000 inhabitants that has reduced the incidence the most.”
The City Council adds that “still we must not lower our guard and we must continue to comply with all the measures to continue reducing these figures.” The Generalitat Valenciana continues working to carry out a de-escalation that will be progressive to return to normality from March 2.
“We are satisfied that we are no longer a high-risk area, but this does not mean that we can relax. We have precisely managed to lower these figures thanks to measures that have been very tough but necessary. We have to continue avoiding contacts and leave the house only for what is essential. As of March 2, the measures will be relaxed little by little so that the situation we have experienced does not happen again,” explained the mayor of Alcoy, Antonio Francés. The measures promoted by the Generalitat have consisted of the limitation of meetings, closure of hotels, night-time restrictions, and closure of sports facilities, in addition to the perimeter of cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants during weekends.
The Alcoy City Council has already decreed measures that have been in place since December 23 and continue with the closure of parks, gardens and playgrounds, libraries, exhibition, and cultural spaces, as well as the suppression of activities.