Fewer coronavirus cases on the Spanish coast and islands

The number of COVID-19 cases in popular Spanish destinations is lower than the figures in destinations of origin of holiday home owners.

6 August 2020, Redaction

Less coronavirus in holiday destinations than in countries of origin. This is according to a study carried out by Sonneil on its website using data from the Spanish Ministry of Health and the WHO, concluding that the main residential tourism destinations on the Spanish coast currently have a lower number of COVID-19 cases than the main countries of origin of holiday home buyers.

Taking a closer look, both Malaga, Alicante, the Balearic and Canary Islands have a lower rate of cases per 100,000 inhabitants and in some cases much lower than the United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland, Belgium, France or Germany.

Despite this, the coronavirus incidence rate on average for Spain is the second highest of the countries analysed. This has led to measures being taken by countries that have had an enormous media impact, such as the 14 day quarantine for those returning to the UK from Spain. However, the UK has now been followed by other EU countries who have also introduced similar confinement measures for those travelling from Spain.

"Since the quarantine was put in place for trips from Spain, we have noticed a significant number of cancellations of arranged property visits, as well as the postponement of others, not only from the British but also from other nationalities," says Alfredo Millá, CEO of Sonneil, a proptech company specialising in the sale of second homes in Spain.

"It is a paradox that the amount of coronavirus cases in the main places where British citizens buy, such as the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca or Balearic Islands, have an incidence rate of almost half that in their country of origin, i.e. in these places, British holiaymakers are less likely to be infected, yet now it is more difficult to travel there" adds Millá.

The average number of cases in the countries analysed in the study is 371 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while Alicante has 296, Malaga 257, the Balearic Islands 213, Tenerife 164 and Las Palmas 80. "We are caught in the middle of a misunderstanding that is making the residential sector suffer a lot" Milla notes.

  • Rememeber if you are planning to travel to Spain or are on holiday in the country to keep up to date with the latest government advice and restrictions. 
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