MAJORCA and Ibiza introduced new coronavirus lockdown rules after the mayor warned the islands were experiencing a second wave.
The number of cases soared over the weekend with 252 hospitalizations in just three days.
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A spokesperson for the Autonomous Committee for the Management of Infectious Diseases of the Balearic Islands, Javier Arranz, admitted yesterday that the regions were in the grip of a second wave but said it would not be as strong as the initial wave in March .
At a press conference, Mr. Arranz said: “We are in a second wave, with a significant rise, which will last for a few days”.
Mr Arranz added that the islands were experiencing community epidemics, not cases that came from abroad.
“It’s not an infection that comes from the outside, but that is entirely localized here.”
Of the 252 people admitted to hospital, 222 are based in Mallorca, more than double the number of new cases at the height of the virus.
On March 28, 107 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the Balearic Islands.
There are currently 33 people in intensive care against 23 who were admitted last Friday.
Mr Arranz admitted yesterday that there would be deaths to come and that several people between the ages of 20 and 50 are seriously ill.
During the press conference, Mr. Arranz referred to people he had seen sitting together on terraces without masks and warned young people against “risky activities”.
“For the moment, it is not a question of prohibiting going to the terraces, it is a question of doing things well”, he underlined.
Depending on how the pandemic progresses, Arranz said the Balearic government will take further decisions to tighten the restrictions.
However, he stressed that the health system was not in a critical situation and that the new cases were milder than before.
So far, the islands have registered a total of 5,219 cases with a sharp increase in cases in recent weeks.
Health chiefs say new regulations have been in effect since August 14, including the closure of all nightclubs and pool parties and previous pub closure times.
On August 21, the transport secretary suggested that islands like the Canaries, Ibiza or Mallorca could be added to safe travel lists in the future.
Just weeks after the islands were added to the quarantine lists due to a sharp increase in cases in Spain, the Transport Secretary said in the future he wanted to be able to view data from the regions, if possible.
At the time, the inclusion of the islands sparked an uproar among tourists as infection rates were much lower than in mainland Spain.
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Mr Shapps has raised hopes of spending a holiday on a Spanish island in the coming months, saying the government is looking to make regional quarantines work.
He told the BBC: “The islands, especially the Spanish islands, when Spain went into lockdown we saw in one of the numbers go up and in the other the numbers go down – we have to. so be absolutely sure that you are capturing the disease as it really is and sometimes it is not as simple as it seems. ”
He added: “However, I think there is a case for regionalization. I think it’s harder to do in one country – people say, with France for example, why don’t you just do that region and not the other? ”
“The answer is that it’s pretty easy to travel around the country, so we can’t do it like that. “
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