· Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez has announced that all non-essential workers must also now stay at home decreasing movement even further.
Essential workers are those employed in the following sectors: food, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, vets, opticians, hygiene products, press, fuel, tobacconists, IT and telecommunications, pet food, internet vendors and dry cleaners. Everyone else must stay at home unless it’s a justified outing.
· At present the Covid19 figures for Ibiza are as follows
77 confirmed cases in total
33 in hospital being monitored
15 in hospital in intensive care
28 under surveillance at home
1 death (85 year old man with underlying health issues)
In addition to these 76 ‘active cases’ there are also 6 health workers at home in self-isolation and controlled by UVAC plus another 16 under ‘active surveillance’.
In the above figures are 2 patients from Formentera – the first confirmed cases on the island
*An update of these figures is given daily at around 1pm by the Balearic Health Ministry and will be posted on relevant Facebook pages
· Can Misses hospital has converted an operating theatre into more ICU beds plus added a further 33 beds for potential Covid19 patients. With this new expansion the hospital has 159 beds designated for patients with Covid-19 of which 41 are currently occupied according to the Balearic Health Office.
· The Balearic Government has chartered 4 flights to bring medical supplies from China in the coming weeks The 1st flight is due to arrive today after a 48 hour journey with the others scheduled to arrive on 8, 14 and 20 April. The cargo will be mainly masks and gowns and it is expected to exceed 70 tons in total.
· Authorities on the island continue to fine those not complying with the state of alarm. The Santa Eulalia Local Police have filed 3 complaints in supermarkets against people who were shopping as a couple which is not allowed under current regulations. Also the National Police in Ibiza Town detained a a 29-year-old man found wandering the streets, it was his 4th infraction for disobedience.
· Christina van Ederen, a well-known real estate agent on the island has raised over 40,000 EUR for the purchase of medical equipment. So far 30,000 has been spent on 5000 FFP2 masks, 100 protective suits and 10 stethoscopes. Once the medical supplies arrive in Ibiza Christina will deliver to the Can Misses medical team who say they are aware of this kind gesture and applaud the generosity.
· The Casa Manolo restaurant in Playa den Bossa yesterday prepared and delivered paella free of charge to the health workers at the Can Misses Hospital. The owner of the popular restaurant personally delivered the 120 servings and was greeted with a round of applause.
· Spanish Authorities have specifically warned about fake news so local government websites and credible press/social media pages are the best places to gather important information, please pass on wherever possible.
· The situation is evolving every day however the message is very clear – please stay at home wherever possible and keep a cool and calm head. By following these guidelines, together, we will beat this disease and get on with the rest of
Best Regards – Stay Safe and Stay Home
With special thanks to Lesley Donald, Tricia Templeton and Julian Cobby
VERY IMPORTANT: INFORMATION TAKEN FROM CREDIBLE PRESS AND GOVERNMENT SOURCES HOWEVER THE SITUATION IS CHANGING VERY QUICKLY. THIS BLOG IS WRITTEN FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS GIVEN IN GOOD FAITH