Ten children, aged seven to 13, catch coronavirus whilst attending a summer language camp in YMCA hostel
At least ten boys and girls aged between seven and 13 have caught coronavirus after attending a summer camp in a YMCA hostel.Two of their monitors, both aged 21, also proved positive after health officials carried out 59 tests which included 42 on children.Worried parents were told of the outbreak in a holiday region of Spain and families are having to go into quarantine in case the virus spreads further.
Locals in Salduero in Soria, within the region of Castile and Leon, have slammed the decision to go-ahead with the summer camp which was attended by children from all parts of the country with the aim of improving their English. The area is hugely popular with families seeking nature activities and hoteliers say the outbreak has led to major cancellations in local hotels,The language camp in the town’s YMCA hostel was suspended after one of the children fell ill with a fever and sore throat and tested positive for coronavirus. Tests were carried out on 42 children and 19 adults and 12 were positive. This figure could rise because of the incubation period of COVID-19.Aragon had sent 24 children and ten adults to the camp, of which four youngsters and two of the adults proved positive. Eleven children attended from Madrid and three were confirmed to have caught the virus, as had one child from the Basque Country, one from Asturias and one from Navarra.One adult from Canada and another adult from Morocco were at the camp but tested negative.
The children had been at the camp for four days before the first child fell ill and were living together in small groups as recommended by the youth guidelines. It is understood most of the activities, if not all, had taken place in the hostel or its ground.The health authorities from all the regions involved have been informed of the situation and the need for the children and adults to now follow all the coronavirus protocols and isolation period.Salduero council said the summer camp had met all the necessary health and safety requirements and regulations.
Family councillor, Isabel Blanco said she understood people’s concern but all the right steps had been taken.”Fear is always present because the virus is present,” she said. “What we have established are the guidelines and action protocols, that is the most important thing, to be able to detect those cases as happened in Soria, do the corresponding tests and act accordingly.”