Rise of Covid in Balearic Islands’ ‘green list’ after cases surge by 500 in two days as Britons flock to Ibiza and Mallorca

The Balearic Islands’ hopes of remaining on the UK’s green travel list have suffered a severe blow after more than 500 people tested positive for the coronavirus in two days.

The worrying rise in infections came as thousands of alcoholic British sun seekers visited resorts in Ibiza and Mallorca last week.

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The British have returned to the sunny beaches of Cala Agulla, MallorcaCredit: LNP
The seaside resort of Magaluf saw

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The seaside resort of Magaluf saw “shameful scenes” this weekendCredit: LNP

Yesterday, Balearic government health officials said there were 303 new cases, 70 more than the 233 recorded on Saturday.

The rate of positive tests is also up, from 6.76% on Saturday to nearly 8.5% yesterday.

And the number of Covid patients in hospital intensive care units is now 14, including ten in Mallorca, three in Ibiza and one in Menorca.

There has also been a dramatic increase in the Covid infection rate over two weeks – a key measure when authorities decide on safe travel rules.

There are now nearly 130 current cases per 100,000 inhabitants, more than triple the rate at the end of May.

Experts have been warning for a few days that the Balearic Islands are in a “critical” situation, although they have avoided saying that the region is in the grip of a new wave of coronavirus.

But the number of cases will fuel fears that the Balearics will be taken off the British green list, a hammer blow to the tourism industry.

The beaches are bars packed with British tourists on weekends after the islands were added to the green list without a quarantine from Wednesday.

Magaluf had to send armed cops to end drunken brawls as drunken Britons set off “shameful scenes”.

Mallorca has taken in thousands of Britons again, but island bosses fear they will be dropped from the green list

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Mallorca has taken in thousands of Britons again, but island bosses fear they will be dropped from the green listCredit: LNP
English fans in Magaluf celebrate Euro quarter-final victory over Ukraine

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English fans in Magaluf celebrate Euro quarter-final victory over UkraineCredit: LNP

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The Covid outbreak in islands like Mallorca has in part been blamed on a huge epidemic among students who traveled from mainland Spain for the end of term celebrations.

But island bosses fear that the uncontrolled partying by tourists could cause an increase in the Delta variant, which is now dominant in the UK.

The Balearics are on Britain’s “green watch list”, which means they could revert to orange when the list is revised later this month.

Portugal was taken off the green list last month, causing chaos for holidaymakers who have had to pay for new return flights to bypass quarantine rules.

Angela Merkel backed down on Friday in her attempt to impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all Britons arriving in the EU.

Spain and Greece were among the nations that challenged the German Chancellor fearing the impact on tourism.

Spain is one of the few destinations open to the British, allowing tourists to enter without quarantine if they’ve only had one shot.

Some of the first Britons arrive in Ibiza after it was added to the UK's green list last Wednesday

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Some of the first Britons arrive in Ibiza after it was added to the UK’s green list last WednesdayCredit: Getty

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Ibiza, Mallorca, Malta and the Caribbean added to green list as MAJOR holiday for Brits this summer


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