By John Smith • 29 October 2020 • 14:14
THERE is growing concern about the rise of positive Covid-19 results in the Balearics and with the largest population, Mallorca has the potential to see the largest spike so it is essential that residents do all that they can to behave and respect the regulations concerning social distancing and wearing of masks.
In a statement made yesterday (the Balearic epidemiologist), Javier Arranz made it clear that he could see the number of infections grow over the coming weeks and that he was worried that Ibiza and parts of Palma could be seriously affected.
The State of Alarm has seen curfew introduced across the Islands and this hopefully will go some way to stopping late night interaction between young people in particular but this may not be enough unless they behave sensibly.
Already Manacor is in a form of lockdown with restriction of movement wherever possible during the day and evening for an initial 15 days and if this doesn’t work, there may have to be stricter rules imposed.
At the end of the day, it is perfectly possible to be a carrier of coronavirus without initially displaying any symptoms and this is why the population is so vulnerable if people flout the rules as they stand.
“We have to manage to get the infections under control. The point now is that everyone restricts their mobility and contacts, ” said Arranz, inferring that Instead of meeting friends or family earlier than usual for dinner in local restaurants due to curfew, it would be better not to go out at all.
This concept would not find favour with those in the hospitality industry who had quickly lobbied the Balearic Government to change the starting time of the curfew from 11 am to midnight in order for them not to lose even more business.
Arranz made it clear that the stark fact was, if infection continued to rise at the present levels and didn’t plateau then he could not rule out the introduction of more selective local lockdowns, even in parts of Palma.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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