Entire flight from Zante to UK must self-isolate after 7 Covid cases

A TUI flight from Zante to  Cardiff has been identified as the source of at least seven confirmed coronavirus cases.

Everyone who was on the flight has been ordered to self-isolate at home, Wales Online reports.

Public Health Wales said in a statement on Sunday ( August 30)  that the cases are from three different infectious parties who were on board.

TUI flight 6215 from the island arrived in Wales on August 25.

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the outbreak response at 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 the TUI flight.



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

 “These passengers will be contacted shortly but, meanwhile, they must self-isolate at home as they may become infectious even without developing symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should book a test without delay.”

Dr Shankar added that Public Health Wales “have indicated that a lack of social distancing, in particular by a minority of the 20 to 30-year age group, has resulted in the spread of the virus to other groups of people”.

Dr Shakar urged:  “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.”

Today we reported how West Midlands Police have broken up over a hundred illegal raves that have taken place in the region in recent weeks.

Now ‘enhanced contact tracing’ could see tighter guidelines around who is contacted by tracers – and more young people targeted.

Earlier this week the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street said: “It is becoming clear that some people’s responsibility is now starting to fray at the edges.

“I would urge everyone in Birmingham and across the wider West Midlands, particular the younger and middle-aged groups where we know the virus is now spreading, to please not let your resolve drop. The only way we will beat this virus and drive it out of the region is by every individual playing their part and following the guidelines.”

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