The president of the Balearic Government, the socialist Francina Armengol, announced this Wednesday that starting tomorrow curfew onMallorca will start at 22.00, instead of at 00:00, due to the increase in Covid-19 infections registered on the largest island of the Archipelago in the last week.
This hourly measure restrictive It will remain in principle until next December 21, date on which a new evaluation of the epidemiological situation in Mallorca will be made.
The Government has also decided prohibit activity inside bars, restaurants and gambling establishments from tomorrow of the Mallorcan municipalities of Lloseta, Muro and Sóller, where cases of coronavirus have increased significantly in recent days.
An identical measure had already been approved last week in the municipality of Sa Pobla. Armengol explained that at the moment the accumulated incidence at 14 days in Mallorca is 260 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while the positivity rate reaches 6.37%.
Regarding the three mentioned municipalities, Lloseta maintains an accumulated incidence at 14 days of 651.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with a positivity rate of 12.88%. In Sóller, the incidence is 474 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the rate is 11.79%. With regard to Muro, infections have multiplied by four in one week.
Currently, the 14-day cumulative incidence in Wall is 268.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while the positivity rate is 5.29%. “Aware that the disease is still among us and continues to kill, we have to be more rigorous than ever in individual and collective protection”, stressed Armengol, who added that “what matters is the health situation of the population in these moments, and avoid serious infections, and avoid deaths of citizens of these islands. With a particularly serious gesture and tone, the island president added: “This is my highest responsibility and that of the entire Government.”
Along the same lines, the Balearic president has indicated that now “It’s not about thinking about parties, it’s about thinking about stopping the virus”, an objective that can be achieved from the unity of all. “We demand one more sacrifice from the entire population of the island of Mallorca, but we do it for the good of all, of each one individually and of all collectively,” he indicated. Finally, he has made a request to the restaurant sector: «It is very necessary to control the customers. It is not possible for everyone to be without the mask all the time. The mask should only be removed when drinking or eating ”.
Five levels of alert
The Government approved last November that The Balearic Islands had a new plan of exceptional measures of prevention, containment and coordination to face the health crisis caused by Covid-19 and also approved a new system of health alert levels. The aforementioned plan of exceptional measures orders and details the restrictions that must be applied at present depending on the level of alert in which each island territory is.
The new plan of exceptional measures replaces the one approved by agreement of the Governing Council on June 19, which had several subsequent modifications. The document that is currently valid includes five alert levels depending on the epidemiological situation. Specifically, alert level 0 is foreseen for sporadic cases with good traceability, usually imported, and without identifying the existence of a community transmission. Regarding alert level 1, it is considered for a very low or low risk, with complex outbreaks or limited community transmission.
Following this scale, alert level 2 will be applied when the risk is medium, with sustained widespread community transmission with increasing pressure on the health system. Regarding alert level 3, it will be launched when the risk is high, with uncontrolled and sustained community transmission that exceeds the response capacities of the health system. Finally, the alert level 4 will be activated when the risk is very high or extreme, with a truncontrolled and sustained community anxiety that exceeds the response capabilities of the health system and that may require exceptional measures.
Taking into account the specificities that this scale collects, Mallorca and Ibiza are this Wednesday at a health alert level 3, while Menorca is at a health alert level 2 and Formentera at a health alert level 1, levels that will remain in principle until next December 15.