Dr. Javier Arranz, chief medical spokesperson in the Balearics.

05-04-2020Jaume Morey

Dr. Javier Arranz has again expressed his optimism regarding coronavirus in the Balearics.

Although Sunday's figures revealed small increases in the numbers of cases and fatalities, he said at the Sunday press conference that "we are continuing on the downward path; it is good news". Stressing that any decisions are for the national government to make, he raised the possibility of a relaxation of restrictions in the Balearics and also in the Canaries.

"The island regions are in a better position to act as a laboratory. It would be a good option to start lowering the measures, as the rest of the country could see how this works and what the results are." He recognised that any relaxation in the island regions would have to take account of how this would look to the rest of the country, "but society has to understand if it is feasible (to start relaxing measures)".

"It's not up to us," he emphasised, adding that he was simply offering his expert and professional opinion.

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Greg Garrison / Hace 6 months

I appreciate the economic impact, as I have been impacted as well. But if the objective is to reduce or eliminate the virus, the worst thing we can do is to lift the restrictions to soon. That will put us right back into allowing the rapid acceleration of a second wave of infections. A month more of restrictions would allow two additional infection contagion cycles to pass. Please do not be too hasty in lifting the restrictions. A few more weeks of lock-down is a minor inconvenience compared to allowing the virus a new foothold on the island. Thank you.

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