News of the day 17 April 2020
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Majora mostly sunny on Friday.


Good morning from Majorca

Sunny but windy in Majorca on Friday.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter


Can sunshine make it all better?

New study claims weather impacts the spread of Covid-19.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Business confidence has slumped.


Business confidence at an all-time low

Business confidence is lowest in the Balearics and Catalonia.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

The surfer at Punta Prima.

State of alarm

Punta Prima surfer fined

The surfer had been at the beach for several hours.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

The Mateu Orfila Hospital.


No coronavirus patient in Minorca admitted to ICU for eleven days

There are currently five patients with coronavirus in intensive care.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Minorca Airport - quiet.


Twenty-six passengers a day at Minorca Airport

On Easter Sunday there were just six passengers.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

ICU staff at Sant Joan de Déu Hospital identify themselves with photos.


ICU closed due to lack of coronavirus patients

Son Llàtzer closes on of its ICUs because there's not enough coronavirus patients to fill it.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

There were protests at the Balearic government's decision to close Es Murterar.


Partial demolition of Es Murterar to start this year

The two units that were closed at the end of 2019 are to be demolished.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Shop owners are among the ranks of the self-employed.


Calvia has most self-employed affected by the crisis

Calvia town hall has information about help for the self-employed.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Healthcare workers at Hotel Princess in Barcelona.


5,250 new coronavirus infections in Spain

New coronavirus rules issued for Health Centres and Hospitals.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Iago Negueruela

The week in Tourism

The minister's competitiveness contradiction

The extent to which the tax has been responsible for a decline in tourist numbers (pre-virus crisis, obviously) cannot be proven.

Andrew Ede

Yolanda Díaz, Labour Minister


Back to normal by the end of 2020

Labour Minister says the Balearics will return to normal by year's end.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

3 deaths and no new cases of coronavirus in the Balearics.


Are we on the home straight?

Promising coronavirus figures on Friday as the number of fatalies goes down and no new cases are reported.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Palma town hall will turn blue.

State of alarm

Palma town hall to be lit up in thanking children

The Palma town hall building will turn blue on Saturday.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

The Meliá heart.


Ten coronavirus patients at Meliá Palma Bay Hotel

There are 24 beds for coronavirus patients at the hotel.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Mercapalma businesses have lost significant parts of their markets.


Postponement of rent for a quarter of Mercapalma businesses

Businesses have been affected by the closure of hotels and restaurants.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

The Balearics want to attract national tourists.


Travel agency packages for Spanish tourism in the Balearics

Travel agencies in regions of Spain are said to be giving "tacit support" to promoting the Balearics.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Meliá's promotion to health workers.


Meliá offers free stays for healthcare workers

The hotel group is offering 10,000 two-night stays.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Searching for drugs thrown into a rubbish container.


Police alert to drug dealing on Andratx streets

Residents have been complaining about drug dealing in Puerto Andratx.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

At the Oasis care home in Can Pastilla.


Seventy per cent of new coronavirus cases are at care homes

In all, there have been 417 coronavirus cases in care homes.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Ciutadella cancels Sant Joan fiestas in June.


Ciutadella cancels Sant Joan celebrations

Coronavirus restrictions force Ciutadella to cancel the Sant Joan fiestas in June.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

A deserted Playa de Palma.


Tourism will not resume until it is "extraordinarily" safe

The EU's "de-escalation strategy" will need to make tourism a central issue.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

News / Comment


Boat show

“I do believe that the Palma Boat Show should go ahead...”

Jason Moore

The Hairy Bikers with Marc Fosh at Olivar Market, Palma

Frank Talking

The 'Hairy Bikers' homesick blues

In my ruder moments when writing in the Bulletin, I have occasionally mocked the concept of the ‘permanent tourist’ - but, if that’s what browns your breasts - so be it!

Frank Leavers

Italy annouce a bonus for taking a holiday

The Blog

We're All Going To The Beach

The beaches won't be occupied by foreign tourists; they won't be overcrowded.

Andrew Ede


Booze ban benefits

At the time it was a bold move to take but it could prove key for resort businesses.

Humphrey Carter

Holiday / Lifestyle
Jeanne Lurie

Majorca Mallorca

Staying Fit In Lockdown Pt 4

You can find all of these talented people through the Facebook group

Vicki McLeod

Learn English with the MDB - Class 20


English lessons with the MDB for Spanish students

Amanda Jeffrey presents a short video to help Spanish students with their English.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Vegetarian Pasta Sauce


Get cooking with American chef in Majorca

American chef Jeff Harter guides you through his delicious and simple recipes while we have to stay at home.

Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Dolphins at Can Pere Antoni, Palma.

Lockdown at Home

The C Word

Nature is providing some welcome positivity in this otherwise rather challenging era.

Sarah Forge

Save the Med poster

Nautical Notes

Save The Med’s LIST makes it easy to buy local during lockdown

Together, we are all custodians of these islands. Buy local and protect what makes them special.

Save the Med

Sport / Other Sports


The Balearic Cup postponed until 2021

“It is with regret that Mallorca Cricket Club, after discussions with Minorca CC and Ibiza CC - this years Balearic Cup inter-island cricket tournament has been cancelled.”

Frank Leavers

Edition of 17 April 2020