Public Health Wales is instructing that all passengers that arrived on a flight from Zante to Cardiff on Tuesday to self-isolate after a number tested positive for coronavirus.
Seven people from three different parties on Tuesday’s 6215 Tui flight are now confirmed to have contracted Covid-19. The flight had 193 passengers on board.
Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 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 TUI Flight 6215 from Zante to Cardiff on 25 August.
“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.”
He also revealed that an investigation into positive cases in Wales had indicted a lack of social distancing between those aged between 20 and 30 had resulted in the spread of the virus.
“Our investigations into a number of cases of Coronavirus have indicated that a lack of social distancing, in particular by a minority of the 20-30 year age group, has resulted in the spread of the virus to other groups of people,” Giri Shankar said.
“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.
“Despite the lower infection rates in Wales, Coronavirus has not gone away. It remains the responsibility of everyone to help prevent the spread of this virus by self-isolating when asked to do so, staying two metres away from others, and by washing hands regularly.
“Particularly over this Bank Holiday weekend, we are also issuing a reminder to everyone of the importance of social distancing to keep everyone in Wales safe.”