A year ago now, the emergence of Covid-19 saw the very first patients from Sitges and Sant Pere de Ribes attended to at the Hospital de Sant Camil for the virus. Soon afterwards, the first deaths in the area occurred.
According to the Department of Health, Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of 69 people in Sitges, and 55 in Sant Pere de Ribes since the start of the pandemic. The majority of the Covid-19 related deaths in both towns occurred during the first two months of the outbreak.
Between 15 March and 15 May last year, the number of deaths recorded in Sitges doubled in comparison to 2019. A total of 39 people died from the virus in Sitges during the first 30 days of national confinement measures.
Nevertheless in Sitges and, especially in Sant Pere de Ribes, the rate of Coronavirus related deaths remains lower than the Catalan average.
The 69 deaths in Sitges represent 2.35 per 1,000 inhabitants, while the 55 deaths in Ribes and Les Roquetes stand at 1.79 per 1,000. Elsewhere in Catalonia the average is 2.74 per 1,000.
However, the data for Sitges shows a more elevated percentage of Coronavirus deaths in comparison to most coastal towns of its size – only Vilassar de Mar has a higher rate at 2.80 per 1,000 people. On the other hand, lower pandemic related fatality rates have been reported in coastal towns such as Vilanova (1.84), Castelldefels (2.28), Blanes (1.72) and especially Salou (1.36) and Cambrils (1.46).
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