Tuesday, July 5

The macro outbreak due to an end-of-year trip to Mallorca adds 320 students infected in Madrid and another 2,000 in quarantine

The macro outbreak related to an end-of-year trip to Mallorca between June 18 and 20 already affects 320 positive students from the Community of Madrid, while another 2,000 are in quarantine. The positives were confirmed upon their return from the trip, mainly as of June 21, they have indicated at a press conference together with the Deputy Minister of Public Health and the Covid-19 Plan of the Community of Madrid, Antonio Zapatero, regarding the outbreaks detected in Madrid, Murcia, the Basque Country and the Valencian Community.

In the Community of Madrid, Andradas explained, 320 positives have been detected among students aged 17 to 19, affecting 61 Basic Health Zones (ZBS) in the region. According to the Director of Public Health, most of them are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, without any hospitalization.

The young people came from 31 institutes in the region. As Andradas explained, they stayed in eight hotels in Mallorca during those days and had “a program of activities with festivals and others quite intense,” he indicated. “The students have admitted a general non-compliance with the mandatory use of the mask,” he added.

In addition to the 320 confirmed positives, there are another 2,000 students “exposed and quarantined” due to their relationship as a close contact of positive cases, health officials from the Community of Madrid have explained.

The Madrid authorities also suspect that there is intra-family transmission, although the results of the epidemiological tests carried out on the families of the young people are still awaiting. As Andradas has indicated, the students were infected with the British variant, although he does not rule out that there may be another.

Health asks to suspend end-of-course trips

The Alerts Report of the Ministry of Health asked this Thursday to suspend all end of study trips after the macro outbreak. “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 recommends that all people “who have participated or are participating in end-of-year trips to Mallorca and in the different activities around them, be considered close contacts.” Thus, according to the Ministry’s protocols, all of them will be tested and must be quarantined for ten days.

The origin of the outbreak for which Health has had to intervene is at a party in Mallorca for second year high school students after Selectivity. One of the hypotheses with which they are working is that the outbreak would multiply on the ferry back from the archipelago to the peninsula via Valencia, of the Balearia company, and that from there it would spread.

At the moment, outbreaks have emerged in Madrid (320 infected and 2,000 people in isolation), Gipuzkoa (49 cases and between 250 and 300 pending a saliva PCR), Elche (32 positives), Murcia (18) and Aragón (10 ).