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11 Sep 2020 | 01:58 AM UTC

Spain: New COVID-19 restrictions to take effect in Palma (Mallorca) from September 11 /update 45

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Authorities announce new COVID-19 restrictions in parts of Palma (Mallorca) from September 11; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/10/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Madrid). COUNTRY/REGION Palma de Mallorca

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Event

Spanish authorities announced that new restrictions will be implemented in parts of the Mallorca capital Palma from Friday, September 11, in an effort to further curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of 22:00 (local time) on September 11, those in the Can Capes, Soledad Nord, Son Canals, and the Son Gotleu districts will only be permitted to leave or enter the area for essential reasons such as for work, medical or educational purposes. The new restrictions are scheduled to remain in place until at least September 26.  

Gatherings of more than five people remain prohibited. 

As of Friday, September 11, there have been 554,143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spain with 29,699 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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