A FLIGHT from Madrid to Lanzarote with 140 individuals on board was quarantined on arrival after a passenger examined optimistic for the coronavirus whereas within the air.
Shocked passengers had been hurried off the airplane and compelled into quarantine after touchdown at Cesar Manrique airport on the Canary Islands yesterday.
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Passengers are hurried off the airplane after touchdown at Cesar Manrique airport on the Canary Islands yesterday after a person examined optimistic for coronavirus within the air[/caption]
An investigation has now been launched by Spanish authorities to find out why the 53-year-old man was allowed to fly.
Present restrictions in Spain solely permit individuals to fly for important journey causes, akin to work or a private emergency.
The passenger reportedly took a coronavirus check previous to travelling as he had been in touch with somebody who had handed away from the virus, and likewise attended their funeral.
However in response to stories, he had not obtained his outcomes previous to boarding the flight – and solely found the optimistic outcome whereas within the air.
Police and well being authorities on the island scrambled to the airport after being contacted by Castilla y León public well being division, which neighbours Madrid.
The person now faces prosecution and a hefty high quality for skipping quarantine in addition to a attainable crime towards public well being.
Passengers sitting closest to the person will now need to spend two weeks in quarantine, whereas the remaining travellers face every week in confinement earlier than being examined.
The case proved notably worrying for the island because it has stayed largely untouched by the pandemic.
As of yesterday, the vacationer paradise had recorded simply 6 coronavirus deaths and 84 optimistic instances, and had not recorded a single an infection since April 30.
Authorities on the island are eager to stop a large-scale outbreak which might decimate the vacationer trade forward of the summer time holidays.
The federal government on the Canary Islands has now known as on all travellers to be examined for the virus earlier than they depart their nation of origin.
The information will come as a blow as Spain opens as much as vacationers after experiencing considered one of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.
As of yesterday, the nation had recorded 285,644 instances and 27, 121 deaths – the continent’s third-highest toll behind Italy and the UK.
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Totally different areas of hard-hit Spain are rising at completely different speeds from a nationwide lockdown as they meet targets stipulated by well being officers.
This week we instructed how journey corridors between the UK and Spain might open between locations akin to Birmingham and Majorca first, if they’ve decrease instances of coronavirus.
Also called air bridges, nations are discussing agreements to permit vacationers to journey between two locations without having to quarantine for 14 days.
At the moment, each the UK and Spain are to implement a two-week quarantine on anybody getting into the nation, even whether it is nationals returning, though Spain will raise theirs in July.
The opposite 139 passengers on the flight will now need to spend two weeks in quarantine after the flight[/caption]
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