Spanish flight with 140 people on board is quarantined after passenger gets positive coronavirus test result while in the airPlane was flying from Madrid to Lanzarote when the man received his results On arrival, the aircraft was immediately zoned off by health and security officialsAs of today, Spain has recorded 27,119 deaths from the virus and 255,760 casesHere’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
A flight with at least 140 people on board was quarantined today after a passenger received a positive coronavirus test result while in the air.
The plane, which arrived in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands from Madrid this afternoon, was immediately zoned off by health and security officials at Cesar Manrique airport, with the police also attending.
An investigation is already underway to find out why the man was flying in the first place and whether he met all the strict coronavirus rules in Spain which only allow people to fly for a number of reasons, including work or an incident of an emergency nature.
Two travelers get into an emergency vehicle after disembarking in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain this afternoon
Reports say the passenger took a COVID-19 test before he travelled because he had been in contact with someone who had died from the virus and had attended the funeral.
However, he left before the result came in and it was only revealed he was positive when the flight was in mid-air. It has been reported but not confirmed that the person who died from the virus was the man’s mother.
The Canary authorities were immediately contacted by the Castilla y León public health department and the airport launched all the coronavirus protocols.
The man now faces prosecution for skipping quarantine and the State of Emergency and has been reported for a possible crime against public health.
A traveler gets into an emergency response vehicle after disembarking in Lanzarote, Canary Islands this afternoon
He and his nearest passengers were immediately isolated and the rest of the people on board will have to go into quarantine and take tests in a few days to see if they have contracted coronavirus whilst on the flight.
It is understood the island’s government has offered them rooms in one hotel as they won’t be able to mix with family members or friends.
The man and passengers sitting nearest to him will have to be in quarantine for 14 days.
The others must stay in confinement until tests are taken in seven days as only then would the result be accurate.
The incident adds fuel to the debate of travel generally and concerns over importing cases to regions, like the Canaries, which have had a low incidence of coronavirus and would not want to see any flare-up.
Lanzarote has only had six deaths and 84 positives. In total, there have been 160 coronavirus deaths in the Canary Islands which wants to protect its low incidence level for the safety of residents and tourists.
As of today, Spain had recorded 27,119 deaths from the virus out of 255,760 cases.
Today, independently from this incident, the Canary government has called for all travellers to take a coronavirus test before they leave their country of origin.
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