By Cathy Elelman •
Published: 25 Aug 2020 • 19:11
CLARIFICATION: The Balearic Health department said the 908 newly reported cases related was an update on figures for the last week, not just the previous 24 hours.
CREDIT: Govern Illes Balears Twitter @goib
THE Balearic Islands saw a big leap in the number of new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the reported figure getting on for four times higher than the previous record high.
The regional government initially said a further 908 people had tested positive for the virus on the islands in just the last 24 hours.
But a short time later the Health department clarified that the increase was in fact an update of figures for the last week, and included cases which had not been previously reported.
The rise means there are currently 2,227 active cases of the virus in the Balearics.
The Balearic Epidemiology Service puts the islands’ total since the start of the pandemic at 6,709. The Health Ministry calculations, which do not include 105 positive serologies from prior to May 11, put the total at 6,604.
Of these, 5,806 relate to Mallorca, 596 to Ibiza, 181 to Menorca and 48 to Formentera.
Tragically there has been another Covid-19 death in the Balearics since Monday, bringing the total loss of lives to the virus in August to six.
There are also been 27 more hospitalisations, bringing the number up to 279, and four admissions to intensive care units, putting the total at 37.
However another 247 are now classified as having got over the illness, meaning 4,247 recoveries in all.
On Monday the spokesman for the regional committee for the management of infectious diseases said the Balearics are experiencing what could be described as a “second wave” of Covid-19 infections.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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