Fears for Majorca holidays as 850 students catch Covid during beach party

HOLIDAYS to Majorca are at risk after 850 students caught Covid while partying on the beaches.

The island, along with Ibiza, was added to the UK's green list last week, with Brits able to visit Spain without quarantining back in Britain.

However, the huge outbreak has seen hundreds of students forced to self-isolate after a number of parties and concerts took place earlier this month.

With many of the students under 21, the majority of them are yet to be given the Covid vaccine, and is feared more could test positive in the next few days.

The Balearic Islands' regional government, which oversees Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, said they were investigating hotels in the area for any social distancing rule-breaking, the Times reported.

More than 2,000 students are also being forced to self-isolate in Madrid after many of them returned home, leading to infections across eight Spanish regions.

Police also confirmed that they have been called to break up hotel parties and illegal street gatherings, some of which had thousands of people present, as nightclubs remain closed.

Local police chief Sergi Torrandell told local media that they are have up to 80 calls per night, adding: "Most of the nightlife venues were closed but most of the young people gathered in the street to drink.

"In the [hotel] rooms we processed several people because there were up to 20 kids all together, without masks, without respecting distances, and making noise."

Balearic Island spokesperson Iago Negueruela said that while the Balearics are a "safe space" with low Covid rates, he warned that it puts holidays at risk if anyone breaks the rules.

He added: "The carelessness of a few and of those who profit from it will not be allowed to put human lives and economic recovery at risk."

Brits can return to the Balearics from June 30 after it was one of the few holiday destinations removed from the amber list.

This means families can avoid having to quarantine for 10 days when returning to the UK.

However, Spain is enforcing new rules on Brits later this week which will require a negative Covid test or proof of both jabs.

Despite Spain being one of the only countries to welcome Brits with no restrictions, the latest rules follow other countries due to the Delta variant prevalent in the UK.

Both Portugal and Malta require Brits to be fully vaccinated to enter the country.

The rest of Spain remains on the UK's amber list, along with mainland Portugal.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that fully vaccinated Brits could return to the UK from amber destinations without quarantining from August.

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