More than 350 students across Spain test positive for Covid after Mallorca trips
More than 350 students across Spain test positive for Covid after Mallorca trips. Celebrating the end of their exams, those affected, from six regions across the country, were infected at mass events on the Balearic island
The Ministry of Health has called for a ban on end-of-course school trips after a coronavirus outbreak among a group of young people from across Spain who celebrated the end of their exams with a trip to Mallorca.
The demand came on the same day that the United Kingdom included the Balearic Islands in its green list of ‘safe’ destinations.
During an emergency meeting of the Alerts Report committee of the Centre for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies this Thursday, 24 June, it decided that those students who are on, or have participated in end-of-year trips to Mallorca, will have to undergo a diagnostic test and complete a ten-day quarantine.
The Ministry of Health is analysing this macro outbreak of Covid-19 that involves at least 350 students from six regions across Spain. In Madrid there are 245 infected and 452 people in isolation; in the Basque Country, 49; in Elche (Alicante) there are already 32 positives, in Murcia, 18; and ten in Aragon, in addition to other cases being investigated in Galicia.
The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has said that her department will carry out “a detailed monitoring of the evolution” saying, “We are talking about a significant number of people, young people. For the relaxation of coronavirus measures in this age group, we must make a call for more responsibility”.
According to the Balearic epidemiology service, the students met in the islands and participated in different mass events in Mallorca. The infections occurred between June 18 and 20. Education officials in Madrid said that the trip was organised by the students themselves, without the involvement of their schools.
Published surinenglish.com 27 June 2021