BERLIN | The “threat” a second wave of infections to the COVID-19 is “real”, warned Monday the German minister of Health, calling on his countrymen to holiday in the Balearic islands to observe the gestures barriers.
Jens Spahn has in particular expressed its concern over the situation on the Spanish island of Mallorca, the main island of the Balearic islands, a holiday resort, particularly popular with Germans, to the point that they call it “the 17th region” of their country, which comprises 16 states (Länder).
The Germans represent 27 % of holidaymakers in the Balearic islands, an archipelago where tourism is 35% of GDP.
The local newspaper has denounced the “chaos”, the Mallorca Zeitung, in German language, regretting that “it was as if nobody had ever heard of the pandemic”.
“The images we have seen this weekend to the favorite island of the Germans, Mallorca, and worry me,” said Mr. Spahn at a press conference with the Robert Koch Institute, responsible in Germany of epidemiological monitoring.
“We must be very careful” to ensure that the Balearic islands will “not become a second Ischgl”, a ski resort, austria that has many bars and became this winter a major european household contamination Covid-19, warned the minister.
Several videos showed dozens of German tourists or british, sometimes drunk, and do it loudly celebrating in the streets of Mallorca, without wearing a mask or respect of distance care.
“I’m not here to spoil the fun… but this is not the time to do it,” insisted the minister.
“The threat of a second wave is real,” ruled Mr Spahn, who feared a new rise of cases in Germany in the return of tourists to vacation elsewhere in Europe.
Germany had on Monday 198 963 cases officially identified infections with the new coronavirus (+159 in 24 hours) and 9064 death (+1), according to the Robert Koch institute.