Coronavirus / Covid-19 update in Spain


March 14, 2020
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Yesterday the government declared 'A State of Alarm' throughout Spain in an effort to try and tackle the current coronavirus crises.

The President of the Spain, Pedro Sánchez, said that the state of alarm will take effect from today, Saturday, and it will last 15 days to fight the virus, which has now registered more than 4,000 positive cases and 120 deceased in the country. 

Following this the Valencian Regional Government announced the closure of all restaurants and bars, cafes, clubs, pubs, party and concert halls, theatres, gyms, museums, libraries and exhibition rooms. 

Finestrat Police have also closed the Beach in La Cala.

Schools are also now closed with special online home learning being put into place for children.

The police are enforcing the closure and last night at around 1.30am they cleared the streets on the Benidorm strip after they found some people were still drinking after the 12-midnight close down.

Benidorm City Council has published 20,000 information brochures with hygiene measures for self-protection against the virus, which is already being distributed in hotels, tourist apartments, campsites, hotels and restaurants, and shops. In addition, these brochures have been inserted in the existing information screens in the different municipal centers.

In addition, conversations have been held with the main business tourist and leisure associations in the city to address the recommendations of the health authorities regarding the holding of events.  

The City Council is also heightening cleaning measures in all public spaces.

The Mayor, Toni Pérez, has thanked the people of Benidorm and our visitors "for their understanding and collaboration in complying with these measures"; and has requested that people acted with "prudence, good sense, civility and responsibility."

The advice from Public Health Spain is to avoid Coronavirus infections, always follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the health authorities of your Autonomous Community.

As of 6pm yesterday there have been 4,231 confirmed cases 94 in our region of Valenciana, a 193 people have been discharged from hospital but sadly there has been 121 deaths.

There is no scientific evidence that domestic animals suffer from or transmit COVID-19.  Follow these recommendations from @AnimalesGob in relation to hygiene with pets, their health care and guidelines for owners positive in coronavirus.

All the measures that have been taken may be extended, reduced or modified depending on the current health circumstances.

Cool Radio yesterday was inundated with over 132,000 engagements from listeners who were desperate to find out more information. As soon as we receive updates on the current situation, we will let you know.