A recent surge in new Covid-19 cases in the Balearic islands is putting the health system under strain and further restrictions could be forthcoming says the regional Health minister
Patricia Gomez admitted the islands could be in for an increase in Covid-19 hospitalisations and patients receiving treatment in intensive care, as well as a possible rise in the death toll.
“The health system is prepared, and it is preparing, but it’s not enough”, the regional minister commented following a meeting with hospital, health centre and SAMU health emergency service managers to review the pandemic situation.
The minister rallied again the call to the younger generation to comply with measures aimed at preventing the spread of infections and underlined the importance of wearing face masks at all times, including when sitting on bar and restaurant terraces unless actually eating or drinking.
She also reminded of her message from Thursday, that most of the recent outbreaks on the archipelago can be traced back to get-togethers with friends and family, and urged the public to limit social contacts to a minimum.
“We do not want to take a step backwards”, Gomez said but made it clear the Balearic government would introduce further restrictions if and when necessary.
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