Bizkaia, Álava and Gipuzkoa, December 6, 2021



Coronavirus stoplight


There is no municipality with more than 5000 inhabitants outside the red zone. Azpeitia is already close to the incidence of 3000 cases and Eibar exceeds 2000.

(NOTE: The coronavirus semaphore will be updated, from now on, on Mondays and Thursdays, with the publication of the Health Department bulletin)

The incidence continues to rise in the Basque Autonomous Community (BAC), according to the latest list of the colored traffic light prepared by the Department of Health of the Basque Government, which serves to classify municipalities based on the severity of the incidence of covid-19 in the CAV. Thus, of the total of 251 localities in the CAV are 213 the municipalities, so much big as small, with a rate higher than 150 cases. 22 municipalities have entered the red zone since last Thursday and two have left it.

The situation of Gipuzkoa continues to be the one that worries the most, reaching a cumulative incidence of 1177 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In Álava, 8 municipalities have joined the red zone, 9 in Bizkaia 90 and 5 in Gipuzkoa. In all of them, they must decide whether to continue with those activities in which preventive health measures cannot be maintained, or to suspend them.

Álava continues in red territory and the incidence increases notably, with 707 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Eight more localities have been added to the list of municipalities with high transmission. The incidence increases in Salvatierra, Asparrena and Laudio. In Álava there are only seven municipalities outside the red zone.

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In Vitoria-Gasteiz, cases are also increasing, with 717 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (on Thursday the incidence was 521 cases).

On Bizkaia the incidence has risen from 340 to 432 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and there are only 15 municipalities outside the Red zone, upon entering it nine more municipalities, including Santurtzi. Kortzezubi and Mendata leave the red zone after not registering any cases in the last week.

In addition, localities such as Abadiño, Ermua, Etxebarri and Ondarroa exceed the 1000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Gipuzkoa already registers a cumulative incidence of 1177 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (966 cases last Thursday), and remains in the red zone, five municipalities are added to the red list and there are more than twenty municipalities with more than 5000 inhabitants in the critical zone.

Highlights Azpeitia, which is already close to 3000 cases of incidence. Furthermore, municipalities such as Andoain, Mondragón, Eskoriatza, Hernani, Lazkao, Urretxu, and Zumarraga exceed the threshold of 1500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; Eibar exceeds the 2000.

The covid-19 semaphore is an adaptation of the color map approved by the European Union (EU) and which includes the cumulative incidence rate in the last 14 days.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate spaces, keep a safe distance, and wash hands.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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