Eight Andalusian students returning from Mallorca tested positive for Covid



The Palma Bellver hotel where the students were quarantined. Image: Booking.com

Eight of the 77 Andalusian students returning from Mallorca have tested positive for Covid-19. The students were sent back to mainland Spain on July 1 after a judge ruled their quarantine at a hotel in Palma de Mallorca was illegal.

OF the 77 returning students, eight of them tested positive for Covid. They were collected by the Junta de Andalucia from the port of Valencia by bus. Young people who tested positive for Covid were taken home by their parents.

Forty-two students are from the province of Cordoba, 22 from Cadiz, seven from Granada and six from Seville.

Three Covid-positive students are from Seville, three others from Cordoba and two students from Cadiz have also tested positive.

The mega-epidemic among school leavers partying in Mallorca is believed to account for more than 1,800 cases of Covid-19 in mainland Spain.

Balearic Minister Mercedes Garrido begged them to stay. “We ask and recommend that you accept the option of staying to complete the quarantine,” she said on June 30.

Public reaction to vacation school leavers and their parents has been harsh, with one commentator calling them upper-class twits or “pijos” putting the public at risk.

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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best of the news to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She previously worked Sunday for The Mirror, Ireland, and for news agencies, media and international organizations in America, Europe and Asia. A big fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is also fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Seville. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.


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