Fernando Simón.

15-06-2020Efe

Fernando Simón, the director of the Centre for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, said at the weekend that as borders are reopened, there is an expectation that the number of imported cases of coronavirus will increase. But he stressed that the country's public health services are "very well prepared to control outbreaks". Making a distinction with "something massive", he added that "as long as they are outbreaks, we have the mechanisms to control them".

Simón supported the resumption of tourism, observing that "we have to understand that in Spain we live from tourism to a very significant degree". "Perhaps in the future we will live from science, but for now we do so from tourism."

Although the test tourism plan in the Balearics will now only be a week long because of the decision to reopen Spain's borders earlier, the Balearic government has arranged for a number of "aparthotels" to be reserved for possible contagion from tourists. There are nine of these establishments in Majorca and two in Ibiza, with one in Minorca due to be added. They will be used "if necessary" in order to isolate any tourists who might be asymptomatic. It may well be that they continue to be reserved beyond this week's pilot, but this has yet to be confirmed.

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Mark Badoer / Hace about 1 year

It is a great feeling this whole lock down and phase nonsense will be ending next week. And seeing how quickly our politicians now are scrambling to get back to "normal" a.s.a.p. for me proves the point, it was all WAY over the top. As now the hard reality of a crippled economy and country sinks in, re-election panic sets in. But, freedom or not, it does not relieve us of being sensible about hygiene and social distancing. And I am fairly apprehensive how the Spanish will deal with that. It is just not in their nature/culture to be social distant, which is certainly not a bad thing; but with a virus going round, it may proof a problem.

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