Up to 30 teenagers in Plymouth could be infected with the coronavirus after returning from vacation in Greece, city council has confirmed.
The Plymouth public health team is facing a coronavirus outbreak that could involve up to 30 young people who returned from the Greek island of Zante last week.
At least 11 members of the group, all between the ages of 18 and 19, have tested positive for the virus since returning from Greece, Plymouth City Council has confirmed.
Greece is currently not on the list of countries subject to the UK’s quarantine restrictions.
Up to 30 teens, aged 18 and 19, in Plymouth are implicated in a coronavirus outbreak after the group returned from the Greek island of Zante (above) last week
The city’s public health team said many of them had no symptoms, or “very minor”, and “were continuing as usual.”
Plymouth Director of Public Health Ruth Harrell said some of the teens were gone “Evening at the bars and restaurants of Plymouth” before they realize the risk.
Speaking about the evening, she said: “It means more people could be infected. While young people can have fairly mild symptoms, and sometimes none that you wouldn’t notice, our big concern is that we know this can be very serious for people who have existing health issues or who are older.
She added that her team was working with national systems to contact and trace young people believed to be affected, who would have been helpful and cooperative since their contact.
Ms Harrell said: ‘We are in touch with all pubs and bars in town to remind them of their frontline role in stopping the spread of this virus.
“They must help us protect the city. But we also need to help everyone.
“If you think you’ve come into contact with someone who has tested positive, you need to isolate yourself. If you have symptoms, get tested and isolate yourself. There are no two ways to get around this.
“While we are still below the trigger point for a lockdown, this incident just shows how easily life can change. We must all remain vigilant, regardless of our age, and take the necessary precautions.
Eleven teenagers have tested positive for Covid-19 since returning from Zakynthos (above). Plymouth public health team are trying to contact and track down those suspected of being affected
The total number of coronavirus cases in Plymouth increased by 11 on Tuesday, with just one new case recorded on Wednesday, according to PlymouthLive.
Public Health England also confirmed that the UK saw a total of 1,048 new positive cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 328,846. Sixteen new deaths were also reported across the UK, making a total of 41,465.
Plymouth City Council Chief Tudor Evans said: “This is our wake up call. We’ve been fortunate in Plymouth so far to have had a low number of cases, but the coronavirus has not gone away. “
Two sites have closed after being contacted by the NHS Track and Trace system, informing them that a person who had tested positive for the coronavirus had come to businesses, PlymouthLive reported.
It is not known if the site closures are linked to the 11 young people who tested positive for the virus.
The Mussel Inn, Wembury, took the precaution of closing after being told that someone who went to the pub on August 23 had contracted the virus. It is not known if this was a client or a member of staff.
The Flower Cafe tea rooms also announced their closure after being informed on Monday of a coronavirus case at the scene, according to PlymouthLive.
The young people had “very few symptoms” or no symptoms and “carried on as usual” with some teenagers spending a night in Plymouth before they were aware of the risk.
It comes after the Morley Arms in Plymstock, Plymouth faced a police investigation into license violations earlier this month.
Police were called to the popular pub at around 10:20 p.m. on August 1 after reports of an assault on a member of the gate staff, PlymouthLive said.
A Plymouth detective said the police log said there were around 150 people in the bar. There were also additional concerns about a possible violation of the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) permit.
The detective told PlymouthLive at the time: “At night an inspector closed the scene.
“Agents from our licensing department and neighborhood officers will now conduct new investigations.
The pub was also forced to apologize in July after scenes of a “rowdy crowd” were shared on social media.
On August 3, the Morley Arms confirmed tough new rules, including barring anyone under the age of 21 from entering the pub on Saturdays or anyone entering the beer garden after 10 p.m.
Earlier this week, the Plymouth council also confirmed another separate outbreak at a medical factory.
Four workers at a medical factory, which makes supplies essential in the fight against Covid-19, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Two sites have closed after being contacted by the NHS Track and Trace System, but it is not known whether the closures were linked to the 11 young people who tested positive.
Becton Dickinson BD (UK) Ltd has confirmed that four members of staff, out of 750 employees at BD Vacutainer Systems – have received positive test results.
The company, whose sterile base is in Roborough, said it was a priority to “identify and notify” all people who were in close contact with infected employees, PlymouthLive reported.
Anyone who came into contact with the staff isolated themselves and arranged to have a coronavirus test.
BP said it had already applied strict protocols at all of its facilities “to maximize the protections in place” at the start of the pandemic.
He also added that the company follows official guidelines from the UK government and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Plymouth base manufactures urine and blood collection products, which are used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients around the world.
A BD spokesperson confirmed that the site remained open, but that all areas where infected employees had undergone a thorough cleaning.
The facility is already undergoing a sterile twice-daily deep cleaning as part of coronavirus safety measures.