The Balearic Executive has defended this Monday the legality of the resolution approved by the Directorate of Public Health ordering the forced confinement in solitary confinement, under police custody, in the hotel Palma Bellver of the more than 200 students who were still on a study trip in Mallorca, considering them close contacts of those who had tested positive on their return to the Peninsula.
After the mother of one of the isolated San Fernando (Cádiz) students presented a complaint in the guard court against the Government for illegal detention and prevarication, the regional vice president and judge Juan Pedro Yllanes has defended as “impeccable and in accordance with current legislation” the resolution that protects these isolations.
If Yllanes has predicted “Little route” to the proceedings, because the resolution is covered by the legislation in force in the Balearic Islands as a result of the epidemic, the Balearic Minister of Health, Patricia gomez, has argued that “The Government acts with public health criteria, to protect citizens”.
Gómez explained that, since the Government had knowledge of the macro outbreak and that there could be people in Mallorca with a direct or indirect relationship with it, the detection of positives and isolation of close contacts “to cut the chain of infections. We have done it this way since the beginning of the pandemic: when a case is identified, it is isolated and, when a contact is identified, they are requested to quarantine ”.
The head of the health network has stressed that the positivity of the PCR tests carried out so far on young people placed in isolation in Palma reaches 26.1%, which implies that “one in four has tested positive”
This Monday rises to 249 the number of peninsular youth, of which 165 have been related to the outbreak, who have been transferred to the so-called Palma’s “bridge hotel”. There are also another 13 awaiting transfer and three who left for the Peninsula on Saturday and are pending location.
Of those 249, at the moment PCR tests have been done and 175 have been negative, 62 positive and 12 are awaiting the results. Among the positives, 12 have been admitted to the Son Espases Hospital “With initially mild symptoms.”
The counselor stressed that the students who are in isolation do so “in a 4-star hotel on the Paseo Marítimo” in Palma and has defended that “what citizens want is answers and forcefulness to protect health and safety, and in that sense all the decisions are being taken ”.
The Balearic Government has enabled an information telephone number for those affected: 900 700 222
Positive cases on the rise
Meanwhile, positive cases continue to increase in relation to the macro-outbreak whose outbreaks were a reggaeton concert in the Plaza de Toros de Palma and parties on boats and in nine hotels.
The Community with the most cases is still Madrid, where there have been 526 positive cases of coronavirus linked to these outbreaks so far, of which 493 are students and 33 are secondary cases, among which one person (the father of a student) has required hospital admission. Sources from the Ministry of Health have also reported that there are more than 2,600 quarantined contacts and they have asked the affected people for “responsibility” to come to be tested for antigens.
Below is Catalonia, with 132 infected who traveled to Mallorca and 76 to Menorca, according to the Department of Health of the Generalitat, which has redoubled epidemiological surveillance efforts to call contacts and schedule tests.
The Andalusian Ministry of Health and Families has identified 550 people linked to the outbreak, with 107 positives among those who are back in Andalusia. For its part, the Ministry of Health of Galicia has reported that there are already 102 positives, of which about 40 are of the delta variant.
The Minister of Health of the Murcia region, Juan José Pedreño, has estimated at 54 young people between 17 and 21 years old infected after their trip to Palma, while the Epidemiology Service controls around 200 people as close contacts. Castilla la Mancha adds 19 positives related to this case and 120 suspects; and the Epidemiology Service of Castile and Leon has registered 12 positives and 50 close contacts linked to the massive outbreak.