Unfairly slewed stats

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Unfairly slewed stats
FLOATING POPULATION: Benidorm’s Padron figures do not reflect true situation Photo credit: Manuel Huynh

THE Generalitat, the region’s Health department and Benidorm’s mayor agreed that Benidorm’s Covid-incidence rate does not reflect the real situation.

The resort has a registered population of 68,000 although its floating population brings this figure up to at least 180,000, argued Benidorm’s mayor Toni Perez.

He also pointed out that the municipality’s two private hospitals reported cases and diagnoses for patients from outside Benidorm.

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Recent figures of 286 Covid cases for every 100,000 inhabitants are “distorted” a team of Generalitat experts and the Health department admitted.

If Benidorm’s true population were taken into account, the incidence rate would be halved, they stated.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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