Holiday hotspots in Spain consider new restrictions amid record levels of coronavirus – World News
Spanish holiday hotspots are considering tougher coronavirus regulations after record levels of new cases were reported in recent weeks.
Spain is still on the UK’s orange travel list, with Mallorca and Ibiza just losing their green status due to the growing number of infections.
The Balearic Islands, the Canaries and the Costa del Sol are all reporting new record levels of coronavirus and considering reinstating nighttime curfews if they can persuade the courts to overturn a ruling that has deemed them unnecessary.
In the Balearic Islands, the regional government is working with experts to prepare a series of restrictions to include new limitations on the number of people who can meet.
The islands recorded a record number of infections on Friday with 864 new cases in 24 hours.
A total of 6,050 people are currently infected with the coronavirus and the cumulative incidence over the past 14 days is 513.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Menorca continues to be the island with the highest incidence with 1,050 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In Mallorca, the rate is 454.5 cases. There were no new deaths, the total rising to 846.
Despite the hopes placed on vaccinations, the government has called in a health team to prepare new regulations which are described by the island press as “a step back in de-escalation” and a “skyrocketing”.
At this point, a new curfew on the islands is ruled out, but measures should attempt to avoid large groups of people and the early closure of restaurants and bars, currently set for 2 a.m. A nighttime curfew was recently vetoed by the Supreme Court, both in the Balearics and the Canary Islands.
“The analysis will include a comprehensive study on the sectors in which infections occur, whether or not the virus affects those vaccinated and to what extent and how the follow-up work is progressing, much more difficult than in previous waves because now there is It has much less collaboration from citizens, who hesitate to say who their close contacts have been, “Ultimahora.es reports today. “The hospital situation, which is the thermometer in which the restrictions are measured, will also be taken into account. ”
Last week, Balearic President Francina Armengol said the crucial data would be the occupancy of hospitals, not the incidence of the coronavirus. Although hospital pressure has increased, the situation is not even nearly critical.
The government will also look at vaccination rates, with half of the population having already received their vaccine.
“Vaccination changes everything,” Francina Armengol said on Twitter last week.
And yesterday, she said: “As the cases increase the hospital situation is under control but we cannot let our guard down.”
The Balearic government has said it wants to conduct a full consultation before proposing new measures and meet with all the individual councils of all the islands. In the meantime, the current rules in place will continue, including banning the sale of alcohol in shops and garages after 10 p.m. in an effort to eradicate raves and illegal parties from streets and parks.
Nightclubs and discos remain closed.
Hoteliers are reporting holiday cancellations by Britons following the Balearic Islands’ return to the UK’s Orange List, but government officials say there are still many families willing and able to travel who will fill the void.
Two of the Canary Islands’ most popular holiday islands have also been placed on higher coronavirus alert due to the increase in cases in recent weeks.
Favorite place for the British, Fuerteventura goes to alert level 3 and La Palma to level 2.
For now, Tenerife continues at level 3 but faces a rise to the next level unless the infection rate decreases; Gran Canaria remains at level 2 and La Gomera, El Hierro, Lanzarote and La Graciosa at level 1.
The new levels came into effect yesterday following a meeting of the Canary Islands government and on the advice of health chiefs.
Fuerteventura recorded 352 cases of Covid between June 30 and July 13, which represents an average of 25 daily cases. The seven-day cumulative incidence rate (IA) went from high risk to very high risk on July 9, while the risk indicator for the elderly population has a medium risk level.
“There have been no deaths, no intensive care admissions and the occupation of hospitals due to COVID is at minimal risk,” a spokesperson for the Department of Health said. “However, the situation associated with the outbreaks, their characteristics and extent, as well as the marked and rapid increase in the level of transmission, suggests that, in order to control transmission, the island is raised to Alert Level 3.”
On the island of La Palma, between June 30 and July 13, 139 cases were diagnosed, ten in the first week of the fortnight and 129 in the most recent week, with an incidence rate cumulative at seven days of 111.4 cases per 100,000 population, at a high risk level.
The rate in the population aged 65 or over is at a low risk level, with 18.1 cases per 100,000 population, while occupancy of hospitals, conventional beds and intensive care units are also at risk minimal. Therefore, level 2 has been agreed.
“The rest of the islands remain at the level established the previous week, but all are under epidemiological surveillance due to some significant increases and the appearance of outbreaks,” said the spokesperson. “Both in the case of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the report indicates that, although they remain at the level of alert they had, the indicators suggest that in the short term, it is not excluded that a higher alert level should be set. “
The government of the Canary Islands has also decided to appeal a Supreme Court ruling that did not support its request for a new 12:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for level 3 or 4 islands with the aim to control illegal raves and beach parties.
A judge said there was no evidence there was riskier behavior at night than during the day, but the government says it believes this is the way to control infections spread by young people who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid.
All of the Canary Islands still have restrictions in place, including time and capacity restrictions for pubs, restaurants and shops.
On the Spanish mainland, Andalusia is studying the limitation of the hours of sale of alcohol, the avoidance of mass events and the closure of beaches in municipalities which in 14 days exceed 1,000 cases per 100,000. gardens can be closed and a curfew can be reintroduced. Police checks will also be stepped up to ensure shops, restaurants and pubs comply with coronavirus regulations.
Andalusia has seen its coronavirus rate skyrocket to 314, an increase of 100 in one week.
Marbella has an incidence rate of 854 infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the last fourteen days and is approaching the 1,000 threshold where a new perimeter closure could take effect.
In Catalonia, the courts have approved a new nighttime curfew for 161 municipalities. The region has the highest case rate in Spain – 1,100 per 100,000 population in the past 14 days.
The High Regional Court gave the green light yesterday to a curfew from 1 to 6 a.m. requested by the Catalan government for the 161 municipalities with the highest risk of transmission. The measure will remain in force for a week, until July 23, when the regional authorities must update the list of localities concerned.
The northern region of Navarre also wants to impose a curfew from 1 am to 6 am in the municipalities with an impact on 14 days of more than 250 cases per 100,000, as of July 21.
In the Valencia region, the executive has secured the support of the courts to restrict social gatherings to a maximum of 10 people and introduce curfews in places with a high level of infection.
And in the Basque Country, social gatherings of people from different households have been banned and crowds banned between midnight and 6 a.m. in order to avoid street parties and drinking binges.
In Spain as a whole, the national incidence of the virus over 14 days is now again above 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with hospital admissions doubling in two weeks. This is the highest level since February.
Thursday’s latest health report found 27,688 new infections and added 41 victims to the total death toll.