By Tara Rippin • 24 March 2020 • 12:30
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The number of people infected with COVID19 in the Community has risen to 2,167 with the addition of 266 new positive cases. Some 917 patients are being treated in ICU.
Regional Minister of Health, Ana Barceló, said in a press conference that of the 266 new cases, 223 are in the province of Valencia, 25 in the province of Alicante and 18 in the province of Castellón.
It was pointed out that 414 of the infected are health professionals, while 37 patients have been discharged.
Of the 115 fatalities, 61 are in the province of Alicante, 46 in Valencia and eight in the province of Castellon, while of the 161 patients admitted to the ICU, there are 94 (Valencia), 47 (Alicante) and 20 in Castellon.
As reported by EWN, the Generalitat has commited to creating new field hospitals in the community within the next three weeks, to deal with the influx of patients. A round the clock team is currently preparing a site in Alicante which will provide an extra 400 beds close to the General Hospital.
A further two will be built in Valencia and Castellon, and all will be equipped with an isolation unit, quarantine zone and bathrooms. They are being constructed in separate sections linked by tunnels so that they are completely isolated from the outside.
Once completed, the field hospitals will add 1,100 new beds to the Valencian Community health service. It is hoped half of these beds will be available within the next 15 days.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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