Coronavirus cases on flight from Zante to Cardiff more than doubled to 16 as number from Greek island expected to rise


The number of positive coronavirus cases linked to a flight from Zante to Cardiff has risen to 16, with airline TUI now launching a full investigation.Public Health Wales confirmed on Monday August 31 that they identified at least 16 confirmed cases of Covid-19 from three different parties that were on TUI flight 6215 on August 25.

Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Response to the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak at Public Health Wales, said: ‘Seven out of 16 were contagious at the time of the theft.

“As a result, we advise that all passengers on this flight are considered close contacts and should self-isolate.

“These passengers will be contacted shortly, but in the meantime, they must self-isolate at home because they can become contagious, even without developing symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should book a test without delay.

TUI has opened an investigation

“Our investigations into a number of coronavirus cases have indicated that a lack of social distancing, particularly by a minority in the 20-30 age group, has caused the virus to spread to many people. other groups of people.

“I am making a direct appeal to young people to remember that even if they feel they would not be seriously affected by Covid-19 if they tested positive, if they were to pass it on to a family older or more vulnerable members, friends or colleagues, it can be extremely serious or even fatal. ”

It comes as a Wales public health official revealed there were 30 cases in Wales last week where people had returned from the Greek island.

Dr Gwen Lowe, communicable disease consultant for Public Health Wales, told Today: “Last week we had around 30 cases in Wales that returned from Zante.

“Different flights on different days staying in different places. These are confirmed positive cases and we expect that number to increase. ”

Dr Lowe said it was “very evident” from work in Wales that the majority of people do not get the virus from strangers.

“Yes, you can be unlucky, and you can get it from a random stranger or a super spreader, but the vast majority of people get it from their coworkers, coworkers, their family and friends, ”she said.

Asked whether airlines should be more proactive in telling people to wear masks, Dr Lowe said wearing face masks “may help” but stressed that it was of an “informal measure”, adding that it was difficult for airlines to control.

The holiday airline said it was holding a full investigation after a passenger on the flight said many people were wearing masks around their chins and walking up and down the aisles to talk to people.

A spokesperson for TUI said: “The health and safety of passengers is always our priority and we are concerned to hear Ms. Whitfield’s claims.

“Our crew is trained to the highest standards and in accordance with the guidelines of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

“Passengers are informed before travel and via the AP’s announcements on the flight that they must wear masks throughout the flight and are not allowed to move around the cabin. Masks can only be removed while consuming food and drink.

“A full investigation is currently underway as these concerns were not reported during the flight or until today. ”

Nigel Harris, who was also on the flight with his wife, said he was pleased with the way the flight went. He opted for a test and confirmed it was negative.

He said: “I can only speak for my part of the plane, I was in ninth row with my wife, but all the passengers had masks on the whole trip, on landing and beyond.

“None were standing and walking near me and it wasn’t the biggest plane. Only the toilet at the back of the plane could be used and no one was allowed to queue there. Staff gave messages to all flights and walked up and down. ”


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