The mass testing for Covid organised by the Catalan government’s health department last Wednesday 7 July in Sitges has revealed that 93 of the 500 young people aged between 16 and 29 who participated have tested positive. The problem, however, is not just the 93 new cases that add to this July’s high list of infections, but most have taken six days to find out. The results of the PCR tests should have been sent by SMS just 48 hours later, or been available on the personal online site of La Meva Salut.
Participants who were tested began receiving their results last night [Monday] and the latter have found out this morning. In total, 19% have tested positive. The Epidemiological Surveillance Service of the Catalan government is contacting the 93 individuals who have tested positive to indicate the term of isolation, which should begin from the moment they have the result.
The problem is that between Wednesday of last week, when the tests were done – and Tuesday, when all the results have been revealed – these young people may have been in contact with other people and, therefore, have helped to spread the virus even further. An error in the Health IT process has delayed the processing of the results, which should have taken place before the weekend.
These 93 cases will be added to those already registered in Sitges in the first 12 days of July, which are 528. The town has become one of the populations with the highest incidence of the virus this month, due to the interactions of groups of young people through parties, nightlife and travel. The increase in positive cases in Sitges at the beginning of July was 28.63%, while in Catalonia it was 9.61%. In Sant Pere de Ribes it was 22.32%.
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