In addition, it has been the month of April with the least insolation in the historical series, since 1983.
The greatest temperature anomaly has been recorded on the coasts of Valencia and Castellón. In the observatories of València and Castelló it has been the coldest month of April since 1991. There has been a great difference between the nights and the days, since while the night minimums have had a monthly average 0.4 ºC higher than the normal average, the days have been 1.3 ºC colder.
During the month there were up to 22 days of appreciable rains at some point in the territory. In some observatories it has supposed a record of days of appreciable precipitation in the month of April. For example, in the Valencia observatory there were 18 days, which is not only the highest value in a month of April, but it equals the absolute maximum of the months of January 1997 and October 2008.
In large areas of the three provinces, the 100 l / m2 of accumulated precipitation in April has been exceeded. The maximum has been registered in Vilavella, with 146.8, and 142.5 in Moncofa. In these same towns and in others in the Plana Baixa, such as Artana or Nules, an intense hailstorm was recorded on the 11th. The storm on the 26th was also very notable, which discharged with intensity in Elche / Elx, where they accumulated up to 65.3 l / m2 in a few hours during the afternoon, with hail that in some neighborhoods of the city reached a diameter of 8 cm.
A cloudy month
The abundant cloudiness of the month has been one of the causes of the cold character of April (especially of the days) and of the large number of rainy days, as mentioned above.
This abundant cloudiness has resulted in the month having the least insolation in the historical series in the Valencian Community since it is estimated through satellite-derived products. During this month there has been an anomaly of 80 hours of sunshine and it has been one of the areas with the greatest insolation deficit on the continent, as can be seen in the following map, which represents the anomaly of hours of sunshine during the month of April 2021.
José Ángel Núñez Mora Meteorology Statal Agency Territorial Delegation in the Valencian Community Head of the Climatology Section C / Botánico Cavanilles nº3 46071 Valencia Web: www.aemet.es Twitter: @AEMET_CValencia
This entry was published in News on May 05, 2021 by Francisco Martín León
The evolution of Valencian exports It has slowed down in April due to factors such as the Ramadan holiday, the Chinese New Year, the increase in maritime freight rates and the shortage of raw materials, as explained by the Valencia Chamber of Commerce.
These factors are preventing a higher rate of export growth since, although the number of certificates issued in March and April of this year exceeds those registered in the same months of 2020, the figures achieved are still below the levels of 2019 (by 11%), according to this institution.
The feast of Ramadan (from April 12 to May 12 this year) reduces the pace of activity in Muslim societies, and six of the first seven countries for which certificates of origin are issued are Muslim-majority (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar , Algeria, Turkey and Egypt) and absorb 40 percent of the total.
The notable decline compared to the 2019 levels in the number of certificates for Saudi Arabia (-42%), UAE (-61%) or Qatar (-38%) stands out.
The exception is starred Turkey and Egypt, which register significant increases, not only compared to April 2020 but also compared to the same month of 2019 (173% and 32% respectively).
In the case of Algeria, the number of certificates is close to the levels of April 2019.
Regarding the holiday calendar, the report refers to the chinese new year which was celebrated in februaryThe increase in maritime transport freights in recent months, especially with Asia, mainly due to the increase in the price of oil, congestion on the main routes to the East and West, the shortage of empty containers and the forecast of a demand for The strong cargo of maritime traffic due to the growth in demand from China and other Southeast Asian countries is another cause.
In consecuense, exports to China and Southeast Asia they have been slowed down by the festivities and also by higher freight costs and the lack of availability of containers.
On April, the number of certificates of origin destined for China has fallen by 62% compared to the same month of 2019, and 24% compared to April 2020.
Finally, the shortage of raw materials and the notable increase in their prices since the end of 2020 is affecting the production rhythm of some companies, generating greater uncertainties and delaying decision-making on the production and marketing strategy.
Deserted beaches, closed shops and avenues with just a few silhouettes. The appearance of tourist cities such as Benidorm in recent months has been marked by mobility restrictions, which have led the Valencian Community to be the region with the lowest incidence in Spain but also the one that destroys the most jobs (40,000 jobs in the first quarter of 2020).
The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, announced this Monday that on May 9 he would not resort to any instrument to try to extend the perimeter closure of autonomy, that has been active since October and that depends on the state of alarm.
Yes, there will be other limitations yet to be specified, such as the curfew, although for them to remain active the Superior Court of Justice will have to rule (TSJ) of the Valencian Community.
This decision has been enthusiastically welcomed by Valencian hoteliers, who had doubts that the region would reopen without further ado due to the firmness that Puig has shown until now to maintain its restrictions.
Cities like Benidorm and its more than 120 hotels currently have a quarter of the establishments open. The Hosbec employer association, the largest in the Valencian Community, estimates that the pace of openings will accelerate in the coming weeks and the idea is to “reach 50%” in the month of June.
Benidorm hotel closed, in archive image.
Why prudence? For the international market. The sources consulted indicate that the national market is not enough to have a “normal summer”, as happened in 2020, and that for a “partial recovery” the behavior of the United Kingdom is essential, which continues to be mired by uncertainty in its de-escalation plan.
In fact, companies such as Jet2 or TUI have already canceled all their flights to Spain until the end of June, so the tourism sector he practically gives up that month for lost.
The Valencian Community has been one of the hardest hit by mobility restrictions. INE data indicate that the drop in foreign tourism in 2020 caused losses of 7.2 billion euros in tourism spending. That year the region received 2.5 million tourists from other countries, 73.3% less.
In this sense, businessmen count on the implementation of a Covid passport supplying an oxygen balloon for the industry, but they don’t trust the European bureaucracy or its deadlines.
Recovery in V
One of the keys that the Valencian tourism sector manages is that its recovery will be in V to the extent that the restrictions disappear. When Boris Johnson announced that he would allow travel from May 17, reservations from the United Kingdom to the Valencian Community they multiplied by five.
All of that faded just a week later, when an adviser to the prime minister said in an interview on the BBC that his compatriots could not travel in summer. The British government has since avoided specifying its plans to resume international travel.
The international market is the most important for the Valencian sun and beach, but it does not stop representing half of the total. Where the end of the perimeter closure will mean positive news is in the second home market, most of it in the hands of Spaniards and, particularly, Madrid.
According to 2019 data from the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, the Valencian Community has 1.2 million residences for secondary use, the highest figure in all of Spain, even above Andalusia.
In fact, in the last year without a pandemic Alicante led the sales statistics, with 5,869 housing transactions, followed by Malaga (5,051) and Valencia (3,781). Madrid residents were the buyers in 41% of the operations in Alicante province and in 52% of those in Valencia.
The interior of the provinces of Valencia and Alicante, the southern interior of Castellón and the north coast of Alicante will be on yellow alert this Tuesday for storms that could be accompanied by small hail.
The alert will be to activated at 2:00 p.m. and is expected to end around 10:00 p.m. hours, according to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
What’s more, the minimum temperatures will rise, the maximums will experience a decrease and the wind will be variable light, predominantly the northern component on the coast with some moderate interval, tending in general to a weak east component in the afternoon.
For tomorrow Wednesday It is expected that cloudy or overcast skies predominate in the northern half, with showers occasionally with storm in the interior in the afternoon, without ruling out that they are locally strong and that they could spread to the coast in a less intense and more dispersed way.
In the southern half, cloudy intervals are expected with a probability of showers occasionally with a thunderstorm in the interior in the afternoon.
The minimum temperatures will rise in the northern half and in the rest they will fall slightly or without changes in ascent and in the rest, a slight decrease or without changes, and the maximums will suffer a slight rise in the southern third and without changes in the rest.
The wind will be variable light, tending to a moderate northeast on the coast and a component this loose in the rest, according to Aemet.
The Hosbec hotel management association, the largest in the Valencian Community, has asked the Ministry of Health to give priority in the vaccination process to workers of companies that are facing the public, as well as the possibility that they can directly deliver the doses to their employees.
Hosbec considers that this condition is essential for tourism to compete this summer with other rival destinations “that are already ahead of us, like Greece, Turkey or Croatia. “
The European Union is currently finalizing a vaccination passport With the idea that it will be ready in June, but for the employers the important thing is that “the largest number of doses possible is supplied” before the summer campaign, so as not to repeat a season at half gas like that of 2020.
The petition comes after the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, signed an agreement with the CEOE and the Valencian Business Confederation (CEV) on March 11 to allow companies to with staff of more than 500 people could vaccinate, a situation that, in Hosbec’s opinion, “does not adjust to the real situation of the Valencian Community”.
“On the one hand, because there are very few companies of that size. But also because those that meet the requirement, such as Ford, does not have the same needs as a company who works with the public, “explained sources from the employer’s association.
The idea, according to Hosbec, is “compete on equal terms with other countries that are already taking the lead over Spain “and to be able to alleviate public resources using private initiative.
State of alarm
Valencian tourism faces two critical moments for its summer forecasts. The first is next May 9, when the state of alarm decays and, therefore, the perimeter closure that the Community has in force since October.
It will also be important to see the evolution of the incidence in the coming weeks (now it is one of the lowest in Spain) to see if it is necessary to adopt new restrictions or extraordinary measures, just before summer.
The second determining factor for tourism is the UK. The cabinet of Prime Minister Boris Johnson maintains for the moment its intention to allow foreign travel from May 17, but the lack of concreteness with this plan has led major airlines, such as Jet2, to delay their operations until the end of June .
That the British can travel (or not) outside their country this summer will largely determine the success of the campaign, since it is the first foreign tourist market for the country (more than 2.5 million English arrived in the Valencian Community in 2019) and it is very difficult to find a substitute for it in such a short time.
In fact, and in the absence of the United Kingdom, France has positioned itself as the main supplier of clients to our country, with Catalonia, the Valencian Community, Madrid and the Canary Islands as the main entry points.
The controversial decision of the State Ports to delegate responsibility to the Valencia Port Authority (APV) and the decision to draw up a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the northern expansion continues to generate reactions in the political sphere, in which the different parties have been marking positions.
While Podem and Compromís, together with entities such as the Federació d’Associacions Veïnals, have been against the expansion, they have defended the dismantling of the shelter dikes, and in the case of the political parties, they have announced judicial appeals To stop the project when understanding that the DIA of 2007 is out of date, the PSPV, PP, Ciudadanos, Vox and the Business Confederation of the Valencian Community (CEV) have defended the achievement of the new terminal with arguments that are more than debatable and easily removable.
Barcelona will expand its port. This is undoubtedly one of the most repeated arguments by the president of the Valencian PP, Isabel Bonig. However, sources from the Ports of Barcelona confirm that the statements made by the president of the entity, Mercé Conesa, in an interview conducted on the l’Económic portal are fully valid: “We do not see that now we have to go to a third terminal; at this moment I think that we must be very prudent taking into account the economic context of moderation that we are experiencing, “said Conesa.
The port must be expanded to accommodate ships of 24,000 containers. The need to host the largest ships in the world is one of the arguments most used by the Valencia Port Authority (PAV) to justify the controversial macro-enlargement, as stated in the tender specifications for the construction of the new terminal approved in November 2018. However, in June of last year the PAV announced via Twitter the arrival of MSC SIXIN with capacity for 23,756 containers, making it clear that the port as it is currently configured can already serve these ships .
The expansion is already done. Another of the most recurrent and most easily removable statements. The only thing that has been done are the shelter dams built between 2008 and 2012 and which include the cruise terminal, that is, the first phase of it. The second phase that remains to be executed would be the hardest. Fill the interior of the dikes with a two-kilometer-long quay with an area of 134 hectares to install the cranes and fill it with containers. A dock that with the new preliminary project approved in 2018 would be located anchored to the shelter dikes, with the visual impact that it would entail from the Cabanyal and Malva-rosa beaches, which in turn implies the transfer of the cruise terminal to the old shipyards of Unión Naval, an operation investigated by the Court of Accounts.
The expansion will create thousands of jobs that could be lost. A study by the Polytechnic University paid for by employers, by the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Confederation of the Valencian Community (CEV) and the association of managers and logistics entrepreneurs Propeller at a cost of 30,000 euros, estimates the jobs it would create at 6,000 the new terminal. However, the main stevedores union alleged the project precisely in the opposite direction, that is, not only denounced that not a single job would be created, but also assured that it would put up to 500 at risk due to the high mechanization of the terminal . However, the transfer of the extension to Sagunt would not imply the loss of jobs, but would transfer them.
Shelter levees cannot be dismantled. Many of the project’s defenders have affirmed that the shelter dams cannot be dismantled, as requested by the Vice President of the Valencian Government, Mónica Oltra, Compromís, Podem, the Comissió Ciutat-Port or the Federació d’Associacions Veïnals due to the significant erosion that it has caused on the beaches of the Albufera Natural Park due to the shadow effect. However, the extension project itself approved in 2018 contemplates the removal of the already built counter-dam, which, according to the port, “is dismantled and the parts can be reused in another area.” Therefore, the removal of all the levees would be perfectly feasible.
If the extension is not made, it will be necessary to compensate MSC. The Catalan Ombudsman, Manolo Mata, recently stated that “the expansion of the Port of València implies a concession to a company, which could claim damages if this concession is withdrawn.” However, the PAV has only selected one offer, that of TIL (a subsidiary of MSC), the only one that was submitted to the tender for the construction and management of the future terminal, but the award of the concession has not yet been approved, since which was postponed pending the opinion of the State Ports.
Puertos del Estado endorses the 2007 EIS. It is not like this. Puertos del Estado only considers through a non-binding report that the 2007 EIS has not expired, but in fact in its technical report it questions aspects that could conflict with what is established in that 14-year-old environmental report based on a 1986 law in everything that refers to discharges to the coast due to dredging activity or to material left over from demolitions. For this reason, it leaves the decision to process a new simplified EIS in the hands of the PAV and dissociates itself from all legal responsibility.
The British government has again issued a warning: booking now for the summer is premature and there are no guarantees that foreign travel will be possible in May due to the variants of the virus. Precisely, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, pointed to the May 17 as the date international travel could resume, but this date is subject to review based on the report that a committee of experts will provide to the Cabinet on April 12. However, hoteliers in the Valencian Community they trust that this is indeed the date on which tourism operations can be restarted with their main source market. “Any restriction on international traffic will have a boomerang effect for the UK whose tourism industry, transport and the British economy itself is on the edge due to the lack of mobility “, warned the president of HOSBEC, Toni Mayor.
The president of HOSBEC has recalled in a statement that the rate of vaccination in the United Kingdom is very high, and that the health data in the Valencian Community are very good, Therefore, if both variables are maintained at current levels, it would be impossible to delay British holidays any longer.
Precisely, the region notified this Sunday 54 new infections of coronavirus, which is the lowest figure in eight months.
Thus, despite the statements made this weekend by one of the British Government’s scientific advisers, who announced that “Summer holidays abroad are extremely unlikely due to the risk of travelers bringing coronavirus variants back to the UK“Valencian hoteliers are confident that the de-escalation schedule foreseen by Johnson will be fulfilled and that it will be possible to start flying smoothly between the United Kingdom and the Valencian Community from mid-May.
“It cannot be allowed to restrict international mobility for more months except for some very specific countries due to the high risk, but we believe that normality will prevail in this coexistence with the virus that we have to articulate for this year 2021”, has confirmed Mayor
In this sense, he has insisted that combine testing, tracking and strict compliance with security regulations to enable mobility in the coming months. “The worst thing governments can do is turn their backs on normality, in the few months that remain to reach the goal of vaccination”, has defended the president of the Valencian hotel management association.
In this way, HOSBEC, together with Turisme Comunitat Valenciana and the Costa Blanca Board of Trustees, is already finalizing the necessary advertising campaigns for this reactivation of British tourism: if the British roadmap is fulfilled, an important advertising contingent will be turned over for this second and third quarter of the year
British tourism is the main foreign market in the Valencian Community with market shares as important as 40% in the Costa Blanca area.
Reform of the financing model
On the other hand, HOSBEC recalls that it has always participated actively together with the Business Confederation of the Valencian Community (CEV) in the reform of the current regional financing model, which in its opinion is “unbalanced and especially unfair with the Valencian Community and its inhabitants, as shown by the different expert reports “.
Precisely, within the framework of regional financing, it also calls for addressing the financing of tourist municipalities, whose income deficit and need to serve a large floating population has been an injustice for sixty years.
It also recalls that these municipalities have been the first to meet the needs of this crisis for both the population and companies, so it is essential for HOSBEC to also incorporate specific financing criteria.
“The tourist municipalities receive only 13% of their budgets from the State contribution, while similar municipalities in population that do not have this tourist component receive between 30 and 40%, with which the inequality is manifest,” he denounced
After Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero MEP denounced an exponential increase in the detection of pesticides banned in the European Union in citrus fruits from Turkey, the European Commission has redoubled controls on citrus fruits imported from this country.
This has been assured to the Socialist MEP, pointing out that “they are subject to a higher level of official controls at the time of their entry into the EU, in accordance with the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793”.
In a written reply to the Socialist MEP, the Commission notes that it is aware of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) notifications regarding pesticide residues on citrus fruits. For this reason, the Community Executive has stressed that they participate in technical exchanges with the Turkish Government in relation to the action plan drawn up by the country’s authorities to reduce the remains of phytosanitary ware.
The Socialist MEP wanted to recognize the work of the European Commission in detecting these banned phytosanitary remains thanks to its rapid alert network. “This network to detect items with illegal pesticides in citrus fruits was a request from the Socialist Delegation and is proving its usefulness,” Rodríguez-Piñero assured. “These alerts allow farmers to compete on equal terms with third countries that use chemicals banned in the EU,” he explained.
The Valencian Community has registered 23 deaths from covid and 189 new positives from coronavirus since the last update
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The vaccination of teachers begins on March 13 and will be organized to avoid massive casualties due to side effects
The Valencian Community has registered 23 deaths since the last update due to covid Y 189 new positives, while the healthcare pressure continues to drop both in hospital admissions and in ICU bed occupancy.
15:21 The presence of coronavirus in the wastewater of Valencia is at summer levels
The presence of the coronavirus in the wastewater of the city of Valencia is remitting and is situated “at levels similar to those of summer”, as explained this Tuesday by the councilor for the Integral Water Cycle, Elisa Valía.
By areas, the neighborhoods in which the highest incidence has been found are Benimàmet, Poblats Marítims, Quatre Carreres and Olivereta. It is followed by Trànsits (Saïdia, Rascanya, Benicalap and Campanar), Extramurs and Castellar, which are above average, reports Europa Press.
14.07. Health refuses to extend the quarantine in cases of British strain to 14 days
The Ministry of Health does not plan to increase the quarantine of Covid cases of the British strain until 14 days. Thus the consellera highlighted Ana Barceló at the request of the Valencia College of Nursing (COEV) given the “evidence” of epidemiologists who warn that this UK variant, which is already prevalent in many regions, “is giving a high viral load during days 11, 12 and 13.”
13.08. The vaccination of workers in Valencian educational centers will start on March 15
The vaccination of educational center staff from Valencian Community – both teachers, administration and services and other workers in contact with students, such as cleaners and monitors – will begin next Monday, March, 15th. In total, there will be just over 116,000 people in what will constitute a “mass vaccination trial” of the population.
The vaccine to be applied to this group will be Astrazeneca, so the personnel who will enter this first phase of vaccination to the educational community will be between 18 and 55 years old (78% of potential educational community staff). Those over 55 years of age “will be vaccinated as soon as they have enough doses of vaccines, specifically from Pfizer, and they will have that prioritization,” said Puig.
11.00. Almost 170 municipalities add infections during the weekend, the lowest figure since the end of August
A total of 167 Valencian municipalities have added new infections of coronavirus over the weekend, making this the period with the least spread of the virus since the end of August. You have to go back to the 25th of that month to find a data update with fewer affected locations.
Valencia It is once again the most affected city, with 211 infections; followed by Alicante, with 100. The rest of the localities do not exceed fifty positives: Elche it is the next most affected with 49.
10.55. A study links the increase in pollen with more infections by COVID-19
When levels of Poland in the air they are higher, they are observed higher rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection, according to the results of a large-scale study carried out by an international team led by researchers from the Technical University of Munich and the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich (Germany).
High concentrations of pollen elicit a weaker immune response in the respiratory tract to viruses that can cause coughs and colds. When a virus enters the body, infected cells often send out messenger proteins. This is also the case for SARS-CoV-2. These proteins, known as antiviral interferons, signal nearby cells to increase their antiviral defenses to keep invaders at bay. In addition, an adequate inflammatory response is activated to fight viruses.
10.52. Spain receives, between this Monday and Tuesday, more than a million doses of vaccines against Covid-19
Spain has received, between this Monday and Tuesday, a total of 1,085,290 doses of vaccines available against Covid-19, as reported by the Ministry of Health.
Likewise, the department headed by Carolina Darias has indicated that this Tuesday it will begin the distribution among the autonomous communities of 538,900 new doses of vaccine from AstraZeneca against him coronavirus.
9.55. The Covid pandemic exceeds the thresholds of 117 million cases and 2.6 million deaths in the world
The pandemic of coronavirus has left more than 300,000 cases and close to 7,000 deaths worldwide during the last 24 hours, with which the totals exceed the thresholds of 117 million infections and 2.6 million deaths, according to data collected by the Johns Hopkin Universitys.
9.00. The vaccination of teachers begins on March 13 and will be organized to avoid massive casualties due to side effects
The Department of Education has set a date at the beginning of the plan of “mass vaccination of almost 120,000 people “of the schools, which includes teaching and non-teaching staff. In a letter sent to the management teams this Monday, the Ministry informs that the first summons to go to the vaccination centers will be published on Saturday, March 13 at 9 am. The first challenge will be to avoid, as has already happened in other places, that teacher dropouts due to the possible side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine, affect the normal functioning of the centers, reports Noa de la Torre.
8.30. The deaths from covid in the Valencian Community rise to 23, but hospital pressure drops
The Valencian Community has registered 23 deaths since the last update due to covid Y 189 new positives, while the healthcare pressure continues to drop both in hospital admissions and in ICU bed occupancy.
Valencian hospitals currently have 786 people admitted , of which 203 are in the ICU: 66 in the province of Castellón, with 8 patients in ICU; 358 in the province of Alicante94 of them in the ICU; and 362 in the province of Valencia, 101 of them in ICU.
“At 84 years old I have gone through everything, the war, the postwar period, the flood of 57 which was horrible, but I believe that this pandemic is the worst I have ever experienced because in all these situations, despite being very hard, that continued to exist. close affective relationship between friends, neighbors or relatives; here in El Cabanyal, which was a town, we all helped each other and that was always comforting, but now with the virus all that has been lost and that is why there is that feeling of great sadness, the people have lost their joy. ”
Josefa Gallart is one of the 43,000 elderly people in Valencia facing the pandemic alone and who has also defeated the coronavirus in this situation. Specifically, she has been living alone for 30 years in the house where she was born, a traditional house with a ground floor and a height on Doctor Lluch street in the fishing district.
Just a year ago the pandemic broke out, but despite his situation, he assures that at no time was he afraid: “From the first moment I lived it my way, when I had to go out to buy bread or to the pharmacy, I put on my gloves and I put on my mask and went out, but I have never been afraid or have found myself alone, perhaps because I have been working in a small clothing store for 40 years and that hardens you a lot in every way. ”
Gallart has had the support of the Red Cross, an entity of which he has been a partner for 20 years. For four years he has received a visit from a volunteer once a week who accompanies him to make purchases and managements. That help became telephone during the pandemic since he did not want to “put anyone at risk”, so, especially during the closure of the first state of alarm, he did not have any kind of face-to-face company.
“I used to think about pleasant things, about trips, to find myself in good spirits. I didn’t like to watch TV because it was all bad news and it made me nervous,” she explains.
It was in mid-December when he began to feel cold and have some fever, the first symptoms of a possible contagion: “I don’t know how I caught it, I imagine that on one of the occasions I left home; I called the telecare service and they sent me In an ambulance to the Clinical Hospital, I remember there were a lot of people, beds everywhere; that was the only moment when I was scared, but not because of the virus, but because I didn’t want to stay there, I wanted to go home. ”
Indeed, Josefa tested positive, but after taking the appropriate X-rays and laboratory tests and presenting mild symptoms, the ambulance took her home again, where she passed the disease “without complications of any kind.” “I was at home and my niece who lives upstairs was aware of me, although without direct contact because she did not want to expose her, since she also has a 14-year-old daughter,” he explains.
After the third wave, Josefa has recovered the Red Cross face-to-face accompaniment service. Simone Gomes, a 53-year-old Brazilian volunteer, comes to visit her a couple of hours a week: “I have always liked spending time with people who need it and when I arrived in Valencia three years ago I signed up for the Red Cross as a volunteer to helping elderly people who live alone, since I like to feel useful, it is something that makes me feel good. ” Thus, he accompanies Josefa to the doctor if necessary, to the center to buy by bus or to the supermarket
8,717 elderly people served in 2020
As reported by Red Cross sources, in all the projects they develop with older people in the province of Valencia and that seek directly or indirectly to alleviate situations of loneliness, during 2020, in the province of Valencia, a total of 8,717 people and carried out 144,549 interventions.
Among them, out-of-home accompaniments to carry out procedures and procedures, health status monitoring, mobilization of the elderly person to those places or centers necessary to facilitate the carrying out of activities that promote positive social relations and participation stand out.
Also activities to promote participation: individual or group, focused on improving physical health (yoga, healthy walks, dance, physical activities in parks, healthy shopping, collecting fruits and vegetables from organic gardens for own consumption, exchange of recipes) and peer group activities to create materials, content or activities to help other older people in the project.
However, the project in which they work the most with the elderly alone is the ‘Social network for the elderly: get involved’ program, in which 362 people were attended with 3,016 interventions during 2020.
This project intends that the elderly person can improve, increase and strengthen their social network, as a social mesh of emotional, personal and preventive support, reducing the feeling of loneliness and involuntary isolation, thus improving their quality of life in their aging process.
The general objective of this project is to improve the quality of life of the elderly and its specific objective is to reduce loneliness and involuntary isolation.