Francina Armengol, President of the Government in Parliament.

Francina Armengol, President of the Government in Parliament.

20-10-2020Pere Bota

Coronavirus infections have gone down in the Balearic Islands, but just when we thought we might see an end to the restrictions, the President of the Government, Francina Armengol has announced that social gatherings between family or friends are now limited to a maximum of 6 people.

The tighter measures are being introduced in Mallorca and Ibiza to reduce Covid-19 infection she said during her speech at the General Policy Debate.

“The situation in the Balearic Islands is not good, although we are amongst the top three Autonomous Communities least affected by the second wave of this pandemic,” she said and warned that "if the curve does not go down, we will consider taking more measures.”

President Armengol also stated that Balearic society has made "an immense, exemplary and descriptive effort, but based on expert recommendations it is necessary to make a greater effort."

She added that she is aware that “this measure is tough and takes us away from those we love the most, but we know that social contacts are the origin of many infections which we must avoid.”

Throughout her speech, President Armengol claimed that restrictive action, amongst other things, “has led to a significant improvement in health figures in the last two months,” and that from August 29 to date the accumulated incidence in 14 days has gone from 521 to 140 in the Balearic Islands.”

She stated that although the Balearic Islands have managed to lower the curve, the incidence has "stagnated" at a higher level than in the first wave of the pandemic.

"A rebound in a third wave cannot catch us with such high levels of affectation", she said. “that is why the Government will not hesitate to apply more measures.”

Goals

Our objective is to reach the low risk zone; to decrease the 140 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days that we have now to less than 50; to reduce the 69.5 cases in seven days to less than 25; to keep the positivity rate below 5%; to have less than 5% of hospital beds occupied by Covid-19 patients and to reduce ICU occupation from 14% to under 10%. That’s our goal,” she said “and we cannot stand idly by.”

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Yogi / Hace about 1 month

Hilarious for her to say that they can’t stand idly by (when cases are actually now falling). What were they doing in the summer when there was a chance of saving some of the year and better fend off the inevitable second wave. NOTHING, NADA, ZILTCH. Rubbish. Current data says that only 1.4% of the Balearic population has had covid so far. Make your own minds up on that little nugget.

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Nigel / Hace about 1 month

Since the exit of the "peninsularies" the residents of the islands have done wonders to control the virus, where has Francina been? We are now back to where we were before the "holiday" influx. More restrictions? I think she has been reading the NZ PM's book on fairy dust, and believing it is herself that is the saviour. That is the problem with politicians who want to "control", however, I thought 1974 was the end of control for the Spanish, lest it seems removing street names of that era remove memories, but the same theme continues, history only repeats if no one learns from the past.. However, I am at a loss as to know why 2,500 people (av) are tested daily, do they all have symptoms? I think not. Sorry but I think for myself, not follow MSM or SM obediently!

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