Andalusia, Madrid and Galicia pick up students in Valencia to give them more tests and take them to their communities of origin
The 118 students who returned yesterday to the Peninsula from Mallorca after being isolated in a hotel in Palma due to the ‘macro outbreak’ of covid-19 stepped on Valencia yesterday for the shortest possible time to perform a voluntary antigen test before leaving for their respective autonomous communities. . Although these students gave negative in a first test that was made to them when leaving the hotel, the health authorities maintain prudence because there is still the possibility that they are false negatives and that they are actually infected, as has already happened with other students.
Specifically, 77 of them reside in Andalusia, 21 in Galicia and 20 in Madrid. These students remained confined for four days in the Palma Bellver hotel, but after the judge’s order that prohibited the confinement of students not affected by the virus, the Balearic Executive gave them the option of becoming a ‘bubble ship’ or finishing quarantine in the establishment. Faced with this dichotomy, the vast majority decided to end their stay in Mallorca and return to their homes.
In the morning, the students were transported from the hotel to the port by bus, where they were accompanied by two nurses and an emergency health technician, as explained by the Director of Management and Budgets of the Balearic health department, Manuel Palomino.
The students set off by ferry to the peninsula.
The young people remained in a plant of the ship ‘Sicilia’ for themselves, from which they could not leave to avoid contact in the rest of the vicinity with other passengers outside the ‘macro outbreak’. After seven hours of travel, the ferry arrived at around 5:00 p.m. at the Baleària terminal in Valencia. Some young people waved and took pictures. At the port there were nine buses – seven from Andalusia, one from Madrid and one from Galicia – waiting to take each group to the designated areas in the same port to carry out antigen tests.
The buses entered the ferry to pick up the students and thus make it easier for them to step on as little ground as possible. Later, the vehicles took them to the areas where the voluntary tests were carried out. Specifically, the Junta de Andalucía sent a truck to the vicinity of the Port of Valencia to carry out the tests on its young people, while the Ministry of Health of the Valencian Generalitat set up a tent for the Madrilenians and Galicians who agreed to undergo a second test that confirmed that they were negative in covid-19.
80 still in Mallorca
But the consequences of the ‘mega-outbreak’ in Mallorca did not end with the transfer of the 118 students who returned home yesterday and another group that did so on Wednesday, after the court order, ignoring the request of the Balearic Government so that no one will return on their own. Yesterday, another 80 young people were still on the island after having tested positive in diagnostic tests in recent days. Of these, 64 remain isolated at the Palma Bellver hotel and 16 are admitted to the Son Espases Hospital.
According to data from the Ministry of Health for Wednesday, 1,824 people have been infected after the ‘mega outbreak’ and another 5,978 must be quarantined.
On Wednesday, the Administrative Contentious Court number 3 of Palma annulled the confinement of those who had tested negative in the tests, decreed by the autonomous government, on the understanding that the isolation violated fundamental rights and that it had not been proven that all young people were close contacts of positive cases.