A SPANISH tourist town has been put in lockdown by health officials after they admitted coronavirus cases were out of control.
Strict regulations have been imposed on the 6,000 residents of Beniganim, in Valencia, which is just 60 miles from the popular resort of Benidorm.
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A member of the Guardia Civil questions a driver on a road leading to Beniganim[/caption]
The measures came into force this afternoon with locals told not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
Restaurants, gyms as well as senior centres have all been closed and face-to-face educational activities have also be prohibited.
Valencia’s health minister Ana Barcelo said: “The increase in cases in the last seen days shows a significant spread of the virus in Beniganim.
“It has been a difficult decision but necessary.”
The measures will be in force for at least 14 days.
In the week ending August 16 the town had a coronavirus infection rate of 34.24 cases per 100,000 inhabitants but this has now risen to 994.46 for the past seven days and the trackers can no longer follow the trail.
“The increase indicates a sustained community transmission, which is why it is necessary to adopt temporary measures with the aim of stopping and mitigating the risk of contagion,” said the health chief.
“I ask for the maximum collaboration on the part of the citizens so that the additional measures adopted serve to recover, as soon as possible, the control of the epidemiological situation.”
Last Monday 194 Covid-19 tests were carried out with 51 proving positive but health officials cannot trace the source and cannot keep up with finding all the contacts.
The lockdown means people can only travel for essential reasons such as going to work, to see the doctor, returning to the usual place of residence, taking care of the elderly, minors or dependents, or any unforeseen circumstance.
Social centres, casinos, clubs and establishments of a similar nature are closed, together with day centres for the elderly and other groups of a social nature; bars, restaurants and other leisure establishments in the municipality, unless they provide take-away or home delivery services; gyms and sports centres of all kinds, as well as parks and gardens.
Social events with invited people have also been ruled, including sporting events with the public, weddings, baptisms and communions.
Wakes have been limited to just 15 people if they are held outdoors or ten if it is indoors, whether or not they are living together.
Entourages for burials or cremation have also been limited to just 15 people, including family members and close friends as well as, where appropriate, the minister of worship.
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The town has seen a huge spike in coronavirus infections[/caption]
The town is just 60 miles from the resort of Benidorm[/caption]