By Isha Sesay • 10 February 2020 • 19:06
CREDIT: Jerome Favre
CORONAVIRUS has officially arrived to Spain’s Mallorca as a British father tested positive for the disease.
The patient is one of four members of a British family who were being kept in isolation at the Son Espases Hospital after the father learnt that he had been in contact with a person infected with the virus in France.
As the second confirmed case in the country, the news has sparked mass panic from civilians, with a significant number of pharmacies across the island completely selling out of clinical face masks. The demand for the shields are now so high in the market that their stock prices have raised by almost 300%.
However, the Ministry of Health has asked for calm in the population with Jordi Reina, the Head of Virology at Son Espases stating that “people don’t need to be worried, as it is a respiratory virus and this is a mild case.”
Maria Antònia Font, the General Director of Public Health also confirmed that health officials were contacting passengers who travelled on the flight with the infected patient in addition to 20 people who had close contact with the man during the period he presented symptoms. All those contacted will be given very precise information on the next steps to take.
Fernando Simón, the Director of the Centre for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies at the Ministry also stressed that the infected patient will not move from Mallorca due to Son Espases’ adequate facilities and qualified personnel to treat the patient.
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