A spike in cases in the Balearic Islands could threaten its place on the green list. The islands, which are on the “green watch list” could turn orange as soon as a massive outbreak of COVID-19 has been detected after hundreds of school trips in recent days.
The Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, were added to the UK’s green list last week in the latest traffic light system review.
Although it was considered a “safe zone” for its low rate of COVID-19 cases, a spike has now been reported.
The islands saw their average case rate double in 10 days to 300 per 100,000.
The small island of Formentera has the highest rate with 109 cases – the UK average case rate is 184.
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This means that the Spanish Islands could soon move to the Amber List, as the Balearics have been added to the UK’s green âwatch listâ.
Countries on the green âwatch listâ may turn orange without warning if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in the region.
For now, British holidaymakers can enjoy unrestricted travel to the islands without needing to self-quarantine on their return.
However, according to the traffic light system, the Balearics are “most at risk” of being downgraded to “orange” in the short term.
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The islands this week started vaccinating the 16-29 age group, believed to be behind the rise in infections.
The main cause, however, is believed to be the thousands of students who visited the islands on school trips this week, with more than 20,000 returning home infected.
Dr Javier Arranz, spokesperson for the Autonomous Infectious Diseases Committee, said: âYoung people who are not vaccinated are those who are infected.
âWe need to see how these numbers behave in the coming days as we take control of these epidemics. “
The regional head of tourism for the Balearic Islands, Iago Negueruela, said that “this type of practice should not be tolerated”.
Although the islands have only been on the green list for a few days, the government could now move them to amber at any time.
Portugal, which was added to the green list in May, has seen thousands of tourists rush home after being transferred to the orange list on very short notice.
It comes after thousands of Britons arrived in Spain yesterday, the official day the holiday spot was added to the UK’s ‘safe list’.