The 'Maltese hell' of 36 Spanish minors: to learn English to be trapped after four positives

Summer auguraged good paint for 36 Spanish adolescents who started studying English in Malta, but last Friday everything twisted. His parents had entrusted ch

The 'Maltese hell' of 36 Spanish minors: to learn English to be trapped after four positives

Summer auguraged good paint for 36 Spanish adolescents who started studying English in Malta, but last Friday everything twisted. His parents had entrusted children under 14 and 17, at the Interway School, a company specialized in travel to learn languages. They were accompanied by three monitors.

Minors, who shared classes with a group of Italian students, were confined at the Qwara Palace hotel after positive cases appear. "In the group of Italian children there were enough positive but of the group of Spaniards there were only two," Juana said (fictitious name), the mother of one of the girls. The mother has assured that the first test that has been done to the minors has been just on Monday. That test has detected two more positives. "At the moment they have mild symptoms and are constantly supervised by our monitors," he said the school in a statement.

Interway assured that, after identifying the first Spanish positive through antigen test, "the doctor contracted by the school recommended the preventive confinement of the whole group." That same Friday night, according to the company, the contact information of all the students referred to the request of the Maltese authorities. The next day, the sanitary authorities of the island reported the school that all students were considered close contacts, so they were forced to perform a quarantine. However, the monitors, who also gave negative, "are not performing quarantine," Jojana says.

This group of adolescents had planned their return to Spain on July 20. "Now they say they have to be confined until 23," Juana says. This anguished mother, who communicates with school and other parents through a WHATSAPP group ensures that the only thing they want "is to bring children home" and said that until now they have not managed to communicate with the embassy.

"I understand that the positives have to do quarantine, but those who are negative, should be able to return home with their parents," he snapped. On the other hand, the school said that "students and their monitors will continue in the aforementioned hotel until their return, even later on July 20". At the moment, the school said that the date communicated by the authorities is scheduled for July 22.

The school said that all student stay "is covered at the hotel, including full board". However Pepa (fictitious name), one of the students, denounces that, although Interway secured in his statement that the hotel located in St. Paul's Bay is four stars, they do not receive adequate food. "Breakfast is two cookies with two pieces of fruit and lunch only give us a ham and cheesechon, and dinner more of the same; they do not give us anything else," she narrated.

In addition, according to your statements, the boys get bored since at the moment they do not receive classes or can get out of the rooms. "We share three people in a room but each is in different classes, I do not know how we are going to do it," he said.

On the other hand, Juana affirmed that being quarantined guys, "they do not clean them the rooms, they told them to clean them but they have not given them a broom", something that Interway will seek "Resolving issues in terms of Intendance, given That the Covid Protocol in Malta absolutely restricts contacts with people in quarantine, and this includes the employees of the hotel in which they are housed. "

The language school has ensured that its president will arrive tonight at Malta to "attend in situ in everything that is necessary".

Updated Date: 26 July 2021, 19:55

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