First modification: 06/30/2021 – 18:56
About 249 young people remain at the Palma Bellver facilities in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, after a “macro outbreak” that has been occurring on the island since mid-June. The travelers, coming from 11 of the 17 autonomous communities of the country, went to the Mediterranean island to celebrate the end of the course.
About 249 young people locked up in a hotel on the beachfront in Mallorca, three people who have fled and the case in the hands of the Mallorcan Justice. It seems a sequel to the film ‘The Hangover’, but nothing could be further from the truth: it is what is experienced on the island after a “macro outbreak” of Covid-19 as a result of a student trip to celebrate the end of the year.
Trips to the island, one of the favorite destinations to celebrate the end of the school year for young people, have been happening since mid-June. Something that has caused what experts call the “most worrying” outbreak that Spain has experienced so far. The Spanish Ministry of Health confirmed 1,167 infections among the almost 4,800 people who are in quarantine, from 11 different regions of the country.
Mallorca is one of the main tourist destinations and the collective contagion was marked by a succession of irresponsibility: mass parties without the pertinent prevention measures among young people, many of them minors.
From the Palma Bellver hotel you can hear music and you see banners that read “We are negative, let us go out.” Before the confinement, the young people have decided to move the party to the facilities of the enclosure. They scream, sing, sunbathe, and drink alcohol until the wee hours of the morning. Already, several neighbors have complained about noise and parties during the night, so the police had to go to the hotel during the early hours of Tuesday to call attention to the inmates.
Many neighbors have also accused young people throwing objects at pedestrians and cars that pass near the hotel.
Officially, three of the detained people escaped from the Palma last Saturday, avoiding the confinement. However, local media say that at least 13 have managed to evade the security of the venue and return to their destinations of origin. The last to flee were two students this Tuesday, one returned to the hotel of his own free will and the other is at the home of an acquaintance.
A “macro outbreak” amid criticism
Following the wave of cases unleashed in the Mediterranean region, the Majorcan authorities decided to confine the young people involved in Palma Bellver. A decision that has not enjoyed much popularity among the detainees and their parents.
So much so that one of the mothers of the inmates took the case to court for illegal retention. Also the Prosecutor’s Office of Mallorca was against the decision to retain the young people. After what, this Wednesday, the Administrative Litigation judge number 3 of Palma de Mallorca decided to maintain the forced confinement only to the positive ones, so the rest of the students will be able to leave.
So far, at least 14 young people have been admitted to a hospital on the island as a precaution, since they only presented mild symptoms of Covid-19.
End-of-year trip attendees have spread the virus across much of the country. In the Madrid region alone, more than 500 infections have been detected and about 3,000 young people have had to quarantine. In Elche, Alicante, one of the travelers is in the intensive care unit.
Young people have received much criticism from all corners of the country for acting irresponsibly. In the northern region of Galicia, another of those affected by the “macro outbreak”, President Alberto Núñez Feijóo, criticized “the uncontrolled leisure” of a part of the Spanish youth.
The politician also lamented the “irresponsibility” of local authorities that allow this type of mass parties. In fact, the event has forced the closure of nightlife in the city of Pontevedra, one of the main in the region, for fear of a regrowth there as well.
Nightlife reopened in much of Spain a few days ago and its limitations, as happened in Mallorca, are not always respected …
With EFE and local media