At least ten children aged seven to 13 and two staff members, both 21, catch coronavirus at an English language summer camp in Spain
- Health officials carried out 59 tests, 42 on children, at hostel in Salduero, Soria
- It started when one child fell ill with a sore throat and a fever and tested positive
- The privately-run language camp was suspended and the children sent home
- Children and adults came from regions in Spain, including Madrid and Navarra
At least ten children, aged between seven and 13, and two staff members, both 21, caught coronavirus at an English language summer camp in Spain.
Health officials carried out 59 tests – 42 of which were on the children – at the YMCA hostel in Salduero, Soria, after one child fell ill with a sore throat and a fever and tested positive for the virus.
The privately-run language camp was suspended and the children, who came from various regions in Spain, were sent back home.
Worried parents were told of the outbreak and have been instructed to go into quarantine with their families to prevent further spread.
At least ten children, aged between seven and 13, and two staff members, both 21, caught coronavirus at an English language summer camp at a YMCA hostel in Salduero, Spain (pictured)
Locals in Salduero – which is within the region of Castile and Leon – slammed the decision to go-ahead with the summer camp.
It was attended by children from all parts of the country with the aim of improving their English.
As the first child tested positive for Covid-19, a further 42 children and 19 adults were tested – with 12 results coming back positive.
Some 24 children and ten adults were from Aragon, of which four youngsters and two adults caught the deadly virus.
A total of 11 children hailed from Madrid and three tested positive. 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.
It is understood most of the activities, if not all, had taken place in the hostel or its ground.
Locals in Salduero (pictured, file image) – which is within the region of Castile and Leon – slammed the decision to go-ahead with the summer camp
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.
‘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.’