28 April – Ibiza Covid19 Update

Covid19 figures for Ibiza & Formentera on 27/04/20 were as follows (via Periodico de Ibiza)

· 158 cases in total
· 45 Active Cases
· 25 in hospitals being monitored
· 7 in hospitals in intensive care
· 12 under surveillance at home
· 101 Discharged
· 12 fatalities

· 2 health workers at home being controlled by UVAC
· 28 health workers ‘active surveillance’
· 20 days without any new patients admitted to Intensive Care
· 6 new confirmed infections in the last 8 days

These figures are updated daily at 1pm by Balearic Health Office.

Ibiza and Formentera health service has carried out 1066 tests so far on professionals and interns at the islands residential care homes. 514 for patients and 552 to professionals. Of the total number of tests carried out, 27 have been positive: 14 in the Reina Sofia residence, 10 in Can Blai and another 4 in Cas Serres.

Rosario Clinic, the private hospital in Ibiza Town, has said that it has carried out over 2000 rapid tests since April 6 with approximately 8% coming back positive.

The Balearic Islands welcomed a new shipment of more than 1.4 million FFP2 masks on Saturday in the addition to the 87 tons of material that the region has already received.

On Sunday, Ibiza and the rest of Spain experienced its 1st day of relaxed confinement since the start of the crisis. Children under the age of 14 are now allowed out for up to 1 hour per day exercise when accompanied by an adult from the same household.

Although images shared via social media seemed to suggest otherwise the Spanish Interior Ministry said that there were “no serious or widespread breaches” but also said that “if necessary we will strengthen surveillance in specific areas”. Defence Minister Margarita Robles issued a word of caution saying that if citizens do not comply with social distancing precautions then there might be a setback to the deescalation of confinement mesures.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez is due to make an announcement in the next days on whether adults and teens aged 14-17 (who are still only allowed out for essentials) will be allowed out for exercise. This is expected to be get the green light for the coming weekend.

Sanchez said “If we act with prudence, this 1st relief measure will be followed by another one a week later, if the evolution of the pandemic keeps moving in a positive manner, starting on 2 May, outings will be allowed for individual activity and for walks with the people that we live with.”

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa has asked autonomous regions for suggestions on a workable daily timetable for controlled outings to make it easier for local authorities to monitor. He will discuss again today before detailed plans are put forward to be approved.

Guardia Civil and the Local Police arrested 1 person and issued fines to a further 18 on Sunday when they broke up a house party at a private villa in San Jose. Officers were alerted to a property called Ca na Xica after the organiser had put up a sign at the entrance as well as hiring a DJ and catering. Even in lockdown there’s no accounting for stupid it would seem.

Local Police in Santa Eulalia have filed 14 complaints for confinement breaches over the last few days. On Saturday they issued fines to 3 members of the same family who were having a BBQ in a communal area of a residential block in Cala Llonga.

Local Police in Ibiza Town carried out 49 controls last week by 187 officers. 2676 people were identified and 41 fines were handed out, none of them with regards to the new guidelines for children’s outings.

Ibiza lawyers have voiced fears that judicial waiting times on the island will increase substantially as a result of the Covid19 crisis, the system was already under pressure due to an arson attack on the courthouse in Ibiza Town.

The Ministry of Education has released dates for the 2020-2021 school year in Balearics which will begin on 10 September and end on 22 June 2021. There will be 176 school days for students in Infant, Primary, Secondary, ‘Bachillerato’ (6th form) and Special Education.

Vicent Mari, President of Ibiza’s Island Council is proposing new measures to boost economic activity. He wants to streamline the granting of licences for reforms that don’t involve land, encourage improvement in the islands hotel sector, put a new framework together that makes inspections more agile to combat intrusiveness and encourage more energy efficiency in homes.

San Antonio Council has announced a social and economic fiscal package worth more than 1.3 million euros aimed at ‘helping families and companies face the crisis and to boost the economy and tourist activity of the municipality’.

Mayor Marcos Serra said that the voluntary payment period and the payment of fees and taxes will be extended without incurring interest. 250,000 euros will also be allocated “to help small and medium-sized companies and the self-employed affected by the closure of their business”. Please speak to your gestoria/financial adviser for more information.

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 follow the guidelines and together we will beat this disease and get on with the rest of our lives.

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 FLUID. THIS UPDATE IS WRITTEN FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS GIVEN IN GOOD FAITH


Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

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