Zante passengers flying into Cardiff told to self-isolate amid Covid-19 risk

Holidaymakers heading home to Cardiff Airport from the Greek island of Zante have been told to isolate by the Welsh government amid the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Passengers landing at the airport in Wales tonight (Sept 1) are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days after travel in the island was linked to a number of clusters in England and Wales, The Mirror reports.

Scotland is also asking people to quarantine from the country, but England has not released any restrictions.



It came after an entire Tui flight of 200 passengers were ordered to self-isolate as it was revealed as the source of at least seven confirmed coronavirus cases.

In a written statement, Welsh health and social services minister Vaughan Gething said: “In the last week our NHS Wales Test Trace Protect service has identified multiple separate clusters linked to the Greek island of Zante which currently has no returning quarantine restrictions.”

He continued: “There are currently six clusters amounting to over 30 cases in the last week from four flights, of which two of these flights landed in England.

“There are concerns from our public health teams that the current advice and control measures for returning travellers are insufficient.

“Unfortunately our consultants in communicable disease control have several examples of Covid-19 positive travellers who have not self-isolated on return to Wales. That is a real concern for all of us.

“Public Health Wales have expressed direct concerns about the public health risk posed by passengers returning to Cardiff this evening from Zante.

“I share that concern. It is almost certain that travellers returning to Wales from areas of higher Covid-19 incidence will lead to further seeding of infections within Wales.

“Travel into Wales from mainland Europe drove the first wave of Covid-19.”

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