At least ten children, aged seven to 13, and two staff members, both aged 21, caught a coronavirus in an English summer camp in Spain.
Health officials conducted 59 tests – including 42 on children – at the YMCA hostel in Salduero, Soria, after a child fell ill with a sore throat and fever and tested positive for virus.
The privately run language camp was suspended and the children from various parts of Spain were sent home.
Concerned parents were informed of the epidemic and were asked to quarantine with their families to prevent further spread.
At least ten children, ages 7 to 13, and two staff members, both aged 21, caught a coronavirus at an English summer camp at a YMCA hostel in Salduero, Spain (photo)
Residents of Salduero – which is in the Castilla y Leon region – criticized the decision to go ahead with the summer camp.
It was attended by children from all regions of the country with the aim of improving their English.
As the first child tested positive for Covid-19, 42 more children and 19 adults were tested – with 12 positive results.
Some 24 children and ten adults came from Aragon, including four young people and two adults who caught the deadly virus.
In total, 11 children came from Madrid and three were positive. Just like a child from the Basque Country, one from Asturias and one from Navarre.
An adult from Canada and another from Morocco were at camp, but the test was negative.
The children had been in camp for four days before the first child fell ill and live together in small groups.
It is understood that most, if not all, of the activities took place in the hostel or on its grounds.
Residents of Salduero (photo, file image) – which is in the region of Castile and Leon – have slammed the decision to go ahead with the summer camp
Health authorities in all affected regions have been informed of the situation and of the need for children and adults to now follow all coronavirus protocols and the period of isolation.
Salduero’s board said the summer camp had met all the necessary health and safety requirements and regulations.
Family counselor Isabel Blanco said that she understood people’s concerns, but that all the right steps had been taken. “Fear is always present because the virus is present.
“What we have established are the guidelines and the protocols of action, this is the most important thing, to be able to detect these cases as happened in Soria, do the corresponding tests and act accordingly . “