Ibiza and Balearic Islands could lose green status after 500 Covid cases in 2 days – .

Ibiza and Balearic Islands could lose green status after 500 Covid cases in 2 days – .

The Balearic Islands’ hopes of remaining on the UK’s green travel list took another hit after it emerged that more than 500 people had tested positive for Covid in just two days.
Health officials said yesterday there were 303 cases in the past 24 hours, 70 more than the 233 reported the day before.

The positivity rate is also on the rise, from 6.76% on Saturday to nearly 8.5% on Sunday.

The number of Covid patients in intensive hospital care is 14, ten in Mallorca, one in Menorca and three in Ibiza.

The cumulative incidence rate of Covid has jumped to nearly 130 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants, more than triple what it was at the end of May.

Holidaymakers enjoy the sun and beaches of Mallorca

Health experts have been warning for a few days that the Balearic Islands are in a “critical” situation, although they have avoided saying that the region is in the grip of a new wave of coronavirus.

British holidaymakers have started to visit the Balearic Islands in droves since last Wednesday, when it became one of the few European destinations on the UK government’s green list.

The region has been placed on a ‘green watch’ list, which means it could revert to orange when the next travel list announcement is made later this month.

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Portugal was taken off the UK green list last month, causing chaos for UK holidaymakers who have had to postpone or pay for new return flights and get new Covid tests before a quarantine deadline.

The Covid outbreak in islands like Mallorca has been blamed in part on a huge epidemic among students who traveled from mainland Spain for term-end vacations.

Last week, sun-hungry holidaymakers shared their joy at being able to fly to Mallorca.

Mariana Land, 38, of Leeds, dipping her toes in the swimming pool water at her hotel in Palmanova with five friends, including her future bridesmaid Mel White, 34, said: ‘It’s so nice to sit in the sun. I feel very emotional.

“There was a real buzz on the plane. Everyone looked so happy, even the passport control officers.

From June 30, British tourists traveling to Spain, including greenlisted destinations Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca, will have to show they have suffered a double hit or produce a negative “Gold Standard” PCR test.

Since the end of May, when Spain opened up to British holidaymakers, no test results or vaccine history have had to be shown.


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