THE British expat area of Costa Blanca South in Spain has seen the coronavirus death toll rising by two over the last 24 hours.
The daily briefing from the Valencian Health Ministry for the Vega Baja region on April 23 revealed that there had been one fatality each in the Torrevieja and Orihuela health department areas.
The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic now stands at 58 in the southern Costa Blanca, with 14 people losing their lives in Orihuela, and 44 in the Torrevieja district.
Authorities also reported that there were six new cases in the Vega Baja region over the last 24 hours, with two in Orihuela and four in Torrevieja.
There are now a total of 490 active cases across the Vega Baja, split between 363 in Torrevieja, and 127 in Orihuela.
The Orihuela health area, includes the Vega Baja Hospital at San Bartolomé and serves around 168,00 people in Orihuela, as well as Almoradí, Callosa de Segura, Cox, Granja de Rocamora, Bigastro , Benferri, Albatera, Catral, Jacarilla, Benejúzar, Redován, Rafal, Daya Vieja, Daya Nueva, Dolores and Algorfa.
The Torrevieja health department is managed by Ribera Salud, and serves 186,000 residents covering the Orihuela Costa, Pilar de la Horadada, San Fulgencio, Guardamar del Segura, Rojales, Benijófar, Los Montesinos, San Miguel de Salinas and Formentera del Segura.