October 28, 2021

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Travel: Entry restrictions for balearics after mass pollution

Most of the affected youths appear to have traveled from Valencia to Mallorca on the same boat. Others may have been in contact with carriers of the island virus.

FThousands of students have been infected with Covit-19 during year-end school trips to Mallorca, and the regional government has decided to tighten entry conditions for large groups at Spanish tourist sites in the popular Balearic Islands.

The regional government of these autonomous communities in Palma announced on Monday that in the future, groups of travelers will have to present a negative PCR test or prove that they are fully vaccinated against the new corona virus.

This applies to groups of more than 20 people traveling to Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca or Formentera.

In Madrid alone, 493 infections were reported at this stage among young people who went on a school trip to Mallorca in mid-June.

Many more cases have been reported in the Basque Country, Valencia, Galicia and Catalonia, and the number is increasing daily.

Most of the affected youths appear to have traveled from Valencia to Mallorca on the same boat. Others may have been in contact with carriers of the island virus.

All infected students are infected with the alpha variant of the virus (first detected in the UK).

The number of cases in Spain has been steadily declining, but in some days the seven-day infection rate per 100,000 people rose to 50 on Monday.

The spread of the delta variance in neighboring Portugal is also causing concern to Spanish authorities.

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