21 new virus positives in the Valencia region as all cultural spaces are closed.
Ana Barcelo, the Valencia Health Minister, reported that the Valencian community has seen 21 new positives for Coronavirus which takes the total tally to 119. This includes the general director of Public Health, Ofelia Gimeno, who has also tested positive for the virus.
130 cases are in preventative isolation, with the Valencian government trying to provide control to the situation.
The have passed a decree of battery measures including the option for retired doctors and nurses under the age of 70 to return to the health service if they so wish, in order to help alleviate the strain on current hospital staff.
The Valencia region also issued a decree closing cultural centres including libraries, theatres and museums as a preventative measure.
Ximo Puig, the President of the Generalitat de Valencia – the Valencian Government – is joining with other leaders of the Spanish states from the coastal regions to ask for prudence to ‘city dwellers’ aiming to travel out to the Valencian coast and Costa Brava, reminding them that the health authorities have asked people to limit travel.
The health problems are causing concern in other areas of Spain.
In Murcia, councils along the Costa Calida are using megaphones to reminding people arriving on the coast to respect a 14-day self-isolation request from the regional government and to observe social distancing.
In Andalucia, there are talks of whole beaches being closed altogether, although the relative councils having said they are opposed to this.
In any case, the lack of international flights into Spain have left many of the beaches deserted and restaurants struggling for customers to serve.
In the Valencia region itself, the beach of Playa de los madrilenos has also been closed.