The Balearic Island of Menorca has emerged as one of the safest holiday resorts in Europe ahead of the UK Government review of Covid travel restrictions.
Based on latest Covid data, figures indicate Menorca has effective control of the epidemic and a very low level of risk of transmission of the virus.
The Spanish ministry of health confirmed low levels of Covid-19 in the Balearics, with Menorca given ‘new normal’ status by officials.
‘New Normal’ level is gained by measuring eight parameters, including cumulative incidence rates; Covid cases among the elderly; positive tests; and the number of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients. Other levels are low, medium, high and very high.
The Menorca tourist board said it was “optimistic the island would be included on the green list by the UK government later this week. Although the Spanish mainland is likely to remain in the amber category which the next update is eventually announced..
The Balearic Islands has contained the 14-day incidence rate below 50, when the Spanish average is more than 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
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Almost 42 per cent of Menorca’s population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and almost 18 per cent are now fully vaccinated.
Susana Mora, island president and minister of tourism, said: “Menorca tourism bodies together with the private sector have been working intensely to welcome visitors safely and have a long and extended summer season that will boost the local economy.
“Our island is the go-to destination for those who are looking to spend time outdoors reconnecting with the sea and nature, after the lockdown.
“Menorca is an example of a responsible and safe destination, with open and sparsely crowded spaces and a way of doing things well – with patience and care – essential to face the times we live in.”