What the Mallorcan outbreak means

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Last week, the UK government placed the Balearics on the green list. But all the islands are on the green watch list meaning that travel rules could change at short notice.

One of the tourist attractions of Palma in Mallorca – La Seu cathedral.

Could an end of university year party held in Mallorca cause the government to change its mind?

If it did, then the evidence at hand at time of writing would make it unfair.

According to the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, a deluge of students visited Mallorca after having taken their university entrance exams. They stayed in eight hotels and attended a number of mass events.

The newspaper says that, having returned to the mainland, there are over 500 positive cases with 320 cases in Madrid area alone resulting in 2,000 being quarantined.  

Elsewhere in mainland Spain, the newspaper says, there are 50 cases in Galicia, 49 in the Basque Country, 67 in the Valencia region, 20 in Murcia, 12 in Castilla-La Mancha and 10 in Aragón. All seem to be related to this trip to Mallorca.

On the face of it, this seems like a reason to move Mallorca to the amber list due to the number of cases.

Yet, El Pais also says that Balearic Islands health department says that no case related to the students on vacation has found in the Balearics. Importantly, none of the workers at the eight hotels has been found to have COVID-19.

If this remains to be the case then it would seem that one or more of the students may have imported the COVID to Mallorca and that at the mass events, the virus spread.

Whilst it would be essential for the British authorities to keep track of events on Mallorca, there seems no need at the moment to move the island to the amber zone.

It looks like a similar story connects another Balearic island – Menorca. There have been a couple of dozen cases there which have also been linked to student celebrations which were found once the students returned to Catalunya in northern Spain.

What the authorities on the Balearics need to do is to show that the robust systems they have in place to contain the spread of the virus is being followed by tourist attractions, bars, clubs and any organisation that has consumers visiting it.

Without that assurance, an amber list ranking might be around the corner.

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