“Like in prison”: Meanwhile more than 200 Mallorca vacationers in forced quarantine – Panorama – Society

The Mallorca vacation ends with a nightmare for more and more vacationers: namely with a forced stay in a quarantine hotel in Palma, where they are not allowed to leave their rooms. This can happen if the obligatory Covid test before the return flight home is positive.

There are now more than 200 people in the Corona Hotel in Palma – most of them are vacationers. Because more and more tourists are infected on the holiday island, the authorities now even want to rent a second quarantine hotel.

Infected in Mallorca: “Like in a prison”

“The hotel has a prime location on the beach promenade in Palma with a panoramic view of the marina, the bay of Palma and the beautiful cathedral”, advertises the four-star facility on its website. Only: It is currently not possible to book a room because the “Palma Bellver” has been rented by the island government as a quarantine hotel.

And those who end up here often feel, according to those affected, “like in a prison”, because the residents are locked in their rooms.

Since July 1st, Mallorca travelers who are infected with Corona during their vacation and have no or only slight symptoms of illness have been admitted here. Under certain circumstances, close contact persons are also accommodated there, at least as long as it is unclear whether they are also carriers of the virus.

At least 210 visitors to the quarantine hotel in Palma

The costs for the involuntary stay in the quarantine hostel, which the authorities euphemistically referred to as a “bridge hotel”, are borne by the island government.

According to the latest information, there have been at least 210 “guests” in Mallorca’s quarantine hotel “Bellver” in the past few days. No details about the origin of the room occupants were given. Since most of the foreign Mallorca holidaymakers currently come from Germany, it can be assumed that there are also quite a few Germans among the quarantine patients.

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According to the latest available holiday statistics, 660,000 domestic and foreign tourists were counted on the island from January to the end of May, 343,000 of which, more than half, came from Germany.

The situation did not look any better on the smaller neighboring island of Ibiza, where according to official information there were at least 87 people in the quarantine hotel “La Noria” – also mostly holidaymakers.

The number of new infections on Mallorca is increasing

Also in Ibiza, where the Germans are also the strongest foreign tourist group in 2021, another hotel is to be made available for infected holidaymakers due to the increasing number of quarantine cases.

On Tuesday, the island authorities reported a seven-day incidence of 349 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for Mallorca, where the delta variant is already predominant.

The mean value for all the Balearic Islands, which also include Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, was even 371. This means that Mallorca is now one of the European holiday areas with the highest infection rate. Germany, like all of Spain, has classified the Balearic Islands as a risk area since July 11th.

In view of the further sharp rise in the number of infections, there is growing concern that Berlin could soon declare the Balearic Islands a high incidence area, which could result in quarantine obligations for non-vaccinated travelers returning.

There are similar fears in the Spanish holiday stronghold of Catalonia with Barcelona and the Costa Brava, where the weekly case incidence has now risen to 600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

In Catalonia, as in Mallorca, some hospitals have already had to switch to emergency operation again because the number of Covid patients admitted is growing.

Across Spain, the seven-day incidence is 408, which is much higher than in neighboring Portugal, where this value is 221.

Only Cyprus, Great Britain and the Netherlands are worse off in Europe than the Kingdom of Spain. These are not reassuring prospects for Spain, which is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.

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