Spain’s Fernando Simon “Caught” Surfing Amidst Outbreak Crisis

Fernando Simón, Director of the Centre for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies. Credit: Ministry of Health

This Saturday Fernando Simon was caught surfing in the Algarve, Portugal, amidst the outbreak crisis in Spain. He did not think anyone would notice or recognise him as he was in Carrapateira, an isolated beach, with nearby cliffs and only a few surfers.

The Director of the Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health in Spain has received an array of criticism online from his short trip over to Portugal. Many complain that he was at the surf desk without a face mask, the rule he always asks Spanish citizens to oblige to.

The images which have been exclusively provided to ABC show Simon in the Portuguese area also known as Rota Vicentina.

This Saturday Fernando Simon was caught surfing in the Algarve, Portugal, amidst the outbreak crisis in Spain. He did not think anyone would notice or recognise him as he was in Carrapateira, an isolated beach, with nearby cliffs and only a few surfers.

Furthermore, the epidemiological situation in Spain at the moment is rather critical as the number of daily cases continues to rise. There are currently outbreaks in almost every single province and in some areas the outbreaks are causing thousands of infections a day.

Cataluña is currently one of the worst affected regions and on the last day, it registered 1,226 new cases and 3 deaths. This has led the Generalitat of Cataluña to tighten the measures in Barcelona such as prohibiting meetings of more than 10 people and limiting capacity in bars again. These restrictive measures have once again provoked judicial controversy.

Aragon is also facing a difficult situation as the number of cases in the province climbs. The Minister of Health has assured that “the necessary measures” will be taken.

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Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor is a graduate from the University of Leeds. At university, she obtained a Bachelors in Communication and Media, as well as a Masters in International Relations.
She is half British and half Spanish and resides in Malaga. Her focus when writing news typically encompasses national Spanish news and local news from the Costa del Sol.

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