Wednesday, July 6

Catalonia investigates a new outbreak on an end-of-year trip in Menorca with at least 24 positives

The younger population, which has not yet accessed the vaccine, is a focus of concern for health authorities. This Friday the Generalitat de Catalunya reported on a new outbreak that would have occurred during a study trip in Menorca. At the moment the health authorities have detected 24 positives and another 40 are awaiting confirmation, all of them students from the province of Barcelona. It is the second similar episode detected in recent weeks, after a macro-outbreak was known in Mallorca with almost 400 infected students in up to six communities. However, both facts are unrelated.

As explained by the Catalan Health Department, what they are currently investigating is a massive outbreak produced in the context of an end-of-year trip by second-year high school students on the island of Menorca between June 12 and 18. All those affected are from institutes in Barcelona, ​​but the centers have no relationship with the organization of the trip, indicate from the Generalitat. According to what they say, it was the students themselves who organized the events on their own, organizing themselves through WhatsApp groups and hiring specialized companies.

“Health reiterates the call to the population as a whole to act responsibly and to respect the current epidemiological control measures,” the statement recalls. Salut also confirms that this outbreak would not be related to the one that occurred in Mallorca, of which it also informs that there is no affected person in Catalonia.

This Thursday the Ministry of Health brought together the communities through the Alert Report to ask for this type of trip to be suspended. “It is recommended that the groups of students who have not yet started this type of trip, do not do it, since the risk of transmission in the same environment where the cases are occurring is high”, highlighted the Presentation after having met this afternoon to address the situation.

Health also considers that all people “who have participated or are participating in end-of-year trips to Mallorca and in the different activities around them, are considered close contacts,” so they should be quarantined and subjected to tests.