The German SPD politician Karl Lauterbach suspects the Mallorcan authorities not to take the Corona case numbers so seriously. “We are not a banana republic,” says Mallorca.
“There is also still being tricked, I don’t believe a word.”, Says the German politician Karl Lauterbach about the number of Corona cases in Mallorca.
“We are not a banana republic”, people in Mallorca counter indignantly.
More and more Germans are drawn to the sun on the Balearic island.
Health experts in Mallorca have responded with outrage to the accusation of the German SPD politician Karl Lauterbach that information about Corona is being cheated on the holiday island.
“After all, we are not in a banana republic here, but in a seriously and professionally run country,” the renowned health expert Joan Carles March told the Mallorca newspaper on Friday. Antoni Oliver, chief biologist at the Son Espases State Hospital in Palma, where the virus samples from the Balearic Islands are analyzed, said: “Facts are facts, that’s outrageous when they are presented differently.”
There are currently numerous German holiday guests on the island after the number of infections there had dropped sharply and German authorities no longer classify the Balearic Islands as a risk area.
“Consider topics rationally”
Lauterbach had questioned the statement that the more dangerous Corona variant P1 from Brazil had not been found on Mallorca. Literally he said on Thursday evening in the ZDF program “Maybrit Illner”: “There is also still being tricked, I don’t believe a word. I believe that they have long been P1. And I don’t believe the number of cases either. ” He did not provide any evidence for his statements.
Health expert March showed understanding for the excitement in Germany. He can understand that the nerves are on edge there, not least because of the high Corona values, he told the Mallorca newspaper. “Nevertheless, one should try to look at these issues rationally,” he warned. This also applies to Lauterbach’s accusation that the low corona numbers are not credible.
“The Balearic Islands are one of the regions across Spain where the tracking of the chains of infection and the analysis of the data works best,” said March. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days in the Balearic Islands is currently around 30. For comparison: In Germany, this value is currently increasing daily and, according to the Robert Koch Institute, was 119 on Friday.