England May Quarantine Tourists Returning from COVID-19 Struck Greece

September 4, 2020

After Scotland and Wales said tourists coming back from Greece would face quarantines because of rising cases there, especially the island of Zakynthos, England is looking at doing the same in another hit to Greece's tourism economy.

That came, the BBC said, as travel company Tui cancelled al holidays to the resort of Laganas on Zakynthos because travelers refuse to wear masks or obey health protocols, which led to at least 16 returning to Wales testing positive.

Six clusters of cases have been linked to flights from the island – also known as Zante although Greece insisted it's doing "everything in our power" to keep United Kingdom holidaymakers safe but not locking down Zakynthos.

Greek Tourism Minister, Haris Theoharis, told BBC Radio, "We're taking specific targeted measures where we see specific concentrations of cases. Measures that have been successful and have been working in the past few days."

Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething said there were six clusters of cases, amounting to more than 30 infections, linked to flights from the Greek island in the past week – including two flights which landed in England.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: "With Scotland's relatively low infection rate, importation of new cases from Greece is a significant risk to public health."

Andrew Flintham, managing director of Tui UK and Ireland, said anyone who had booked to go Laganas after Sept. 3 would be refunded for the cancellation, but that trips to all other resorts on Zakynthos would continue as normal.

He said: "The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our primary concern and recent cases show that some customers are not following social distancing and COVID safety measures, the BBC reported.

Cases are soaring in Greece, more than doubling in August and continuing into September after an early lockdown in March lasting up to 10 weeks held down the numbers, including fatalities.

They jumped over defiance of health protocols and tourists bringing infections with them and wild partying on islands such as Mykonos and a lack of social distancing, especially on Zakynthos, known for violence from British visitors.


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