30 August 2020 22:38
SEVEN passengers have tested positive after a flight from Zante to Cardiff landed in the Welsh capital - leading to Public Health Wales asking all passengers on the flight to self-isolate. The seven positive tests were from three separate parties who were aboard TUI flight 6215 on Tuesday. Public Health Wales are contacting all remaining passengers on the flight to ask them to self-isolate for 14 days. It comes after a group of people from Plymouth tested positive for the virus after returning from Zante on Monday. Dr Giri Shankar of Public Health Wales said: "Cardiff and Vale test, trace, protect and Public Health Wales have identified at least seven confirmed cases of Covid-19 from three different parties who were infectious on Tui flight 6215 from Zante to Cardiff on 25 August.
"These passengers will be contacted shortly, but meanwhile, they must self-isolate at home as they may become infectious, even without developing symptoms. "Public Health Wales reminds the public that if you have recently travelled outside the UK there may be restrictions on your return. Advice on travelling abroad, including the latest information on quarantine requirements on returning home, can be found on the Welsh Government and FCO websites. "Anyone returning to Wales from countries which have been identified as high risk must quarantine in accordance with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regulations even if they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have had a negative test result." All passengers who travelled on a flight from Zante to Cardiff have been instructed to self-isolate after a number tested positive for coronavirus. Seven people from three different parties on Tuesday's 6215 Tui flight are now confirmed to have contracted Covid-19.
"I would make a direct appeal to young people to remember that even if they feel that they would not be badly affected by Covid-19 if they were to test positive for it, if they were to pass it on to older or more vulnerable family members, friends or colleagues it could be extremely serious, even fatal," he added. It comes just days after health officials warned that up to 30 teenagers in Plymouth may be infected after holidaying in Zante. At least 11 members of the group of 18 and 19-year-olds had already tested positive for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, officials said, as they warned residents to take precautions. Many of the teenagers who tested positive showed no symptoms or very minor symptoms such as a sore throat after returning from the Greek island. "While young people might have fairly mild symptoms, and sometimes none that you would notice, our big concern is that we know it can be very serious for people who have existing health problems or are older." Neither the Greek island, nor the mainland, are currently on the Government's quarantine list, meaning that under normal circumstances passengers are not required to self-isolate.
Public Health Wales said there were three different infectious parties on the TUI flight 6215 on Tuesday, so all travellers on board are deemed "close contacts". TUI said it had contacted all 193 passengers and crew about self-isolating. It comes days after officials in Plymouth, Devon, launched an urgent bid to trace a group of 30 teenagers who returned from Zante after at least 11 positive cases. Greece and its popular holiday islands are currently exempt from the UK Government's quarantine rules. Dr Giri Shankar, of Public Health Wales, said: "These passengers will be contacted shortly, but meanwhile, they must self-isolate at home as they may become infectious, even without developing symptoms. "Our investigations into a number of cases of Coronavirus have indicated that a lack of social distancing, in particular by a minority of the 20-30 year age group, has resulted in the spread of the virus to other groups of people. Latest UK travel advice after concern over coronavirus cases "I would make a direct appeal to young people to remember that even if they feel that they would not be badly affected by Covid-19 if they were to test positive for it, if they were to pass it on to older or more vulnerable family members, friends or colleagues it could be extremely serious, even fatal." On Friday, authorities in Zante tightened coronavirus curbs to ban all gatherings of more than nine people in public or private, limited numbers allowed at a single table in restaurants to four – or six if they are first-degree relatives – and enforce mandatory face masks indoors and outdoors. During the 14 days to 28 August Zante recorded 26 Covid-19 cases, but had no hospitalisations. No new Covid-19 deaths were reported by Public Health Wales on Sunday, but 56 cases were logged. On Monday, public health officials in Plymouth said as as many as 30 teenagers aged 18 and 19 may have contracted coronavirus after a holiday to the Greek island. Public health director Ruth Harrell said her team was working alongside the national systems to contact and trace the young people thought to have been affected. "We know that some of these young people had no symptoms, and so carried on as normal, including a night out in Plymouth's bars and restaurants, until they became aware of the risk," she said. LONDON (Reuters) - Passengers who were on a flight from Zante on the Greek island of Zakynthos to Cardiff in Wales last week have been told to isolate after it was identified as the source of at least seven confirmed coronavirus cases, Public Health Wales said on Sunday. Greece, which is not on the list of countries under British quarantine rules, is a popular holiday destination and more tourists are expected to have visited this year after several other favourites, such as Spain, were put under restrictions. "Cardiff and Vale Test Trace Protect and Public Health Wales have identified at least seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 from three different parties who were infectious on TUI Flight 6215 from Zante to Cardiff on 25 August," said Giri Shankar, incident director for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales. "As a result, we are advising that all passengers on this flight are considered close contacts and must self-isolate," he said in a statement. Shankar added that investigations had found that the virus had spread to other groups of people because of "a lack of social distancing, in particular by a minority of the 20-30 year age group".