Coronavirus receding in the Balearic Islands.

Coronavirus receding in the Balearic Islands.

03-04-2020M. À. Cañellas

The Balearic Islands is one of the eight autonomous communities nearing the end of the coronavirus epidemic, according to the latest data from the National Epidemiology Network.

The Carlos III Health Institute averages the number of new cases based on the so-called basic reproduction number, or R0.

When it is greater than 1, the infection is still spreading and when it is lower, it means that the infection has receded.

The number of new cases in the Balearic Islands continues to decrease and on Friday its basic reproduction number was 0.86 compared to 0.94 on Thursday.

The Canary Islands, Cantabria, Extremadura, Murcia, the Basque Country, Navarra and Asturias are all also below 1, compared to the national average of 1.05.

There was only a 4.4% increase in the number of new coronavirus cases in the Balearic Islands on Friday, 53 more people tested positive for Covid-19 and most of them were in Residence Centres.

The total number of infections has reached 1,257 and 375 people have already been discharged and no longer have any signs of the virus.

According to data from the Carlos III Health Institute the rate of fatalities is 4.61%, compared to the national average of 8.5%.

That rate is calculated based on reported cases of coronaviruses, which is about 15% of the actual number that exist and if the diagnostic test was performed on most of the population, the rate would drop.

Public Health and IB-Salut yesterday verified the death of up to 12 people with coronary artery disease, who are awaiting validation.

On Friday, there were 5 fatalities, including a 64-year-old man and a 91-year-old woman in Inca; a 47 year-old man with a previous illness at Son Llàtzer, a 77-year-old patient in Minorca and a 67-year-old woman in Ibiza.

Between Sunday and Wednesday the victims included, a 72-year-old man at Son Espases; two men aged 78 and 82 at Son Llàtzer, an 80-year-old woman in Inca; a 73-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman at the Juaneda Clinic and a 69-year-old man at Palmaplanas Clinic.

Dr Arranz, Spokesman for the Regional Infectious Diseases Committee, said that people who died at home were not tested for a COVID-19.

"There may be people who died at home from the infection," he said.

1,257 people have been infected with coronavirus and 813 of them are active cases.

158 cases have been detected in nursing homes; 142 of them were residents, 16 were staff and 8 people have died.

There are 195 Healthcare Professionals with Covid-19 and 411 others are under surveillance.

"I want to apologise for the lack of sanitary equipment, especially last week," said Health Minister, Patricia Gómez, who acknowledged that "numerous workers have been exposed or are at risk."

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Mn / Hace about 1 month

Majorca next?

Singapore is to close schools, from the first week of April, and all but the most essential workplaces for a month, in a raft of stricter measures to limit a second wave of coronavirus cases.

The city state of 5.7 million has been held up as a model for the rest of the world after it successfully fought back the virus in the first few months of this year through aggressive testing measures and intensive tracing of carriers.

But it has struggled to keep out a fresh wave of coronavirus cases.

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Jorge G / Hace about 1 month

The headline says, "Covid-19 is ending in the Balearic Islands". This simply is not true. Health of the public is more important then trying to get tourism back on track. Covid-19 is here to stay and things won't get any better until there is a vaccine. Covid-19 is highly contagious and the moment that people go about their business again, this will only lead to Covid-19 to spread quickly again. Things will never be the same and people in Mallorca and other parts of Spain need to finally stop relying on tourism to make money and go out and work on the farms and stop most of the tourism, as tourism will only spread Codid-19.

It is irresponsible for any media outlet to make up lies that Covid-19 is ending and this shows that any media outlet that writes this is selling out the people because they are being influenced to make these non-factual statements just to cater to re-opening hotels and starting up tourism again even though this will spread Coovid-19.

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Timm Rutland / Hace 2 months

Brilliant news! We were due to fly out on Tuesday for my birthday but, obviously, that's not going to happen... Hopefully get out there before the end of the season but it wont be until it's safe to travel from the UK. We dont want to bring it back to the islands!!

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Stan / Hace 2 months

I have self isolated for over 3 weeks. I sincerely hope this Pandemic is dying on the Island. To be able to go out will be a wonderful treat. So continue to stay at home. Lockdown can work. But if you go out. You could be a spreader of the Virus.

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