The German health politician Karl Lauterbach (SPD) considers the low number of corona cases on Mallorca to be embellished. Everything so that the tourists would come back to the Middle Sea Island.
Mallorca has denied that there is the particularly contagious Corona variant P1 on the island – “I don’t think so, by the way, so I believe that P1 is there,” said the doctor on Thursday evening in the ZDF program “Maybrit Illner”. “There is also still some trickery, I don’t believe a word. I believe that they have long been P1. And I don’t believe the number of cases either. “
In Mallorca one is outraged by the statements. “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.”
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Strange explanation for the Brazil variant P1
The university clinic Son Espases on the island had already denied the reports that were also circulating in Germany on Tuesday that P1 had been diagnosed on Mallorca. «We found variant B.1.1.28. The dangerous variant (from Brazil) is B.22.214.171.124, also known as P1, ”said the clinic’s spokesman, Juan Carlos González, of the German press agency.
Health expert March showed understanding for the excitement in Germany. He can understand that the nerves are on the 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.
Significantly better values than Germany
The Ministry of Health in Madrid stated the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days for the Balearic Islands as 29.32 on Thursday evening, a slight decrease compared to Wednesday.
“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 7 days in the Balearic Islands is currently around 30. For comparison: In Germany, this value is currently increasing daily and was 119 on Friday, according to the Robert Koch Institute.
Numbers are increasing – rules tightened
The lowest level of this seven-day incidence was recorded since the beginning of the year on March 18, namely 18.79. Since then, the value has increased daily to 30.80 on Wednesday.
In view of the increasing number of cases, the island’s politicians reacted to the worrying development: They tightened the corona rules. As of today, the interior areas of bars, cafés and restaurants have to close again on Friday. The outdoor terraces and beer gardens are currently still open, but as before only until 5 p.m.
Stricter rules also apply in hotels: swimming pools, spas, jacuzzis and fitness rooms must close. Communal outdoor facilities such as pools or the hotel’s own restaurant terraces are only open until 5 p.m.
Almost 1.2 million people live in the Balearic Islands, more than 900,000 of them on Mallorca. (SDA / vof)
Published: 03/26/2021, 4:05 p.m.
Last updated: March 26, 2021, 51 minutes ago
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SPD politician Lauterbach accuses Mallorca trickery