The Beta variant in Spain, particularly in the region of Castilla y Leó. In the week from June 28 to July 4, 20.2% of the cases analyzed were positive for the del Covid coming from South Africa. More resistant to vaccines, but less contagious than the Delta variant. Which, however, continues to increase. In the same period as the one just considered, the variant once known as Indian already accounted for 43% of new cases. It is however diffused in a non-homogeneous way according to the territories: a Valencia or in the Balearic Islands it exceeds 80%, while in areas such as La Rioja it is the cause of only 8% of cases. These are the data from the latest report by the Spanish Ministry of Health on the epidemiological situation linked to the variants of Covid-19 and their impact on public health.
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Curfew in Barcelona and other 165 municipalities, the map
The fifth wave of the pandemic is underway in Spain. And several communities have begun to restore the curfew. It is currently in force in 32 municipalities in the Valencian Community, 161 in Catalonia and 53 in Cantabria. That is in the areas where infection rates exceed 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of 14 days. Among the cities where it exists there are Barcelona, Tarragona and Girona and cities such as L’Hospitalet, Badalona, Terrassa, Sabadell, Mataró, Santa Coloma de Gramanet and Reus. And again Valencia, Benicàssim and Gandía. In the Canary Islands, however, the competent authority refused to impose it on the islands that were at level 3 (currently Tenerife and Fuerteventura) and level 4, and even in Extremadura the Supreme Court did not endorse it, considering that it was not it is a “proportional” measure with the aim of reducing infections. The curfew starts at 1.00 am and closes at 6.00 am. But there is also another limitation: meetings (also meant at home) are forbidden for more than six people.
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Boom of infections in the islands
The Balearic Islands are recording the highest incidence of infections since the beginning of the pandemic. That is 751.48 positive cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants. Menorca is the worst, with a cumulative incidence in two weeks of 983.9 cases per 100,000; Ibiza follows with an IA14 of 895.7 cases per 100,000 residents. In Mallorca, the accumulated incidence in 14 days is 594.7 cases per 100,000; and in Formentera at 386.4 per 100,000 in 14 days. The virus spreads faster in the 20-29 age group, in which the cumulative incidence is 1846.42 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants. The data concerning children is surprising, where the incidence in children between 0 and 14 years (66.66 IA14) is higher than that of the age group 65-74 years (14.77 IA14).
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Closed discos in Ibiza
“For the moment we are not evaluating the opening of the clubs.” No disco open in Ibizia for Mercedes, minister of the Presidency of the Balearic government. Disappointment for managers. José Luis Benítez, manager of theIbiza leisure, one of the hottest clubs on the island, did not hide his disappointment at the news: «We already knew that we could not open on the 26th with the increase in cases. We have no choice but to wait for a new opportunity, but it is true that there are fewer and fewer opportunities to open ». Only yesterday the health area of Ibiza and Formentera confirmed 173 new cases, to which must be added those of private centers: 162 in Ibiza and 11 in Formentera. Then there is the aspect of intensive care, which currently have 73% employment. A fact that worries.
New measures effective from Thursday
New restrictions will come into effect next Thursday, and for 15 days, in Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca (but not Formentera). Bars, cafes and restaurants may remain open, indoors, until one o’clock in the islands of Majorca and Ibiza and Menorca, unless municipal ordinances establish an early closing time. How many can you sit at the table? Maximum 4 people indoors and 8 outdoors. Then there is the mask aspect. If the distance of one and a half meters cannot be guaranteed, the personal protective equipment must be worn both on the public road and in outdoor spaces. New sanctions also for botellons, or the custom that sees young people gather in large groups to consume alcoholic beverages outdoors. They are forbidden. And the people who participate will be fined up to 1,000 euros. This penalty can be aggravated if the person who participates in the bottle violates the quarantine for having been in close contact with a positive: the fine, in this case, will be a minimum of 2,000 euros and a minimum of 5,000 euros in the event that skip the quarantine to be positive.