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        Brits in Crete has received the latest Travel Advisory by the British Health Authorities

        The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) late on September 7thadvises against all but essential travel to the Greek islands of Crete, Lesvos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Tinos,  and Zakynthos, based on the UK’s assessment of current risks.

        Passengers inside Zanthe Airport Terminal

        Another UK Government Covid-19 Reaction

        This is hardly surprising after two flights from Heraklion, Crete, one a TUI flight to Bristol and one a WizzAir flight to London Luton.  Both operated in the last week of August and both had a number of known positive Covid-19 cases on board in the returning British holidaymakers. It appears the authorities at both departure and arrival airports knew nothing of the coronavirus cases on board each aircraft at the time. It is believed the cases were mostly among the younger age groups.

        All Affected TUI/WIZZAIR Pax Sought and Located

        The British health authorities have since sought to locate all passengers on both flights and for them to be sure too be tested, so as to take no chances of greater spread of infection.

        So now, the reaction by the British Government, albeit late, is going to cause of lot of inconvenience to a lot of people who may have come into contact with the cases concerned and more since, if infected from close contact with the known passengers. Better safe than sorry, I guess.

        The notice affecting all returning passengers to UK from the Greek islands, namely, all of Crete, Lesvos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Tinos,  and Zakynthos (Zanthe) must go into self imposed quarantine for 14 days and report if they are sick during that period.

         

         

         

         

        Photo: Passengers waiting at departure gates at Zanthe Airport, Zakynthos. Credit: Matteo Marsullo on UnSplash.com. CC Free

        NB: Brits in Crete has now learned that the TUI Travel Group has stopped all holiday bookings to a resort in Laganas on Zanthe. The mentioned Laganas resort is believed to have been the source of Covid-19 infections on the Tui flight to Bristol in late August. Gerald/Admin

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            Covid-19: Are the British Government’s Current Decisions Justified Regarding Greece?

            Let us pause for thought for a moment regarding the British reactions to force quarantine on returning British holiday makers from #Greece.

            The British health authorities in charge of handling the Covid-19 outbreak it is believed use a benchmark figure of 20 cases per thousand tested positive cases to raise alarm and take emegency action to slow the spread of the virus. Greece however is currently hovering around the 13-14 cases per thousand. This is well below the threshhold level to trigger extra concern used in Britain.

            What has changed in the UK decision makers’ minds to penalise those who choose the Greek Islands as their holiday destination?

            Just asking as a layman.

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                REMINDER – SEPTEMBER 9th DEADLINE FOR RETURNING BRITISH PAX FROM GREECE

                If you did not make it by today’s deadline from Crete, Lesvos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Tinos or Zakynthos,  then you face the possibility of 14days quarantine isolation at your home and/or testing ++  (unless exempted).

                How to Get Up-to-date FCDO* News Issued from the Respective British Union Health Control Centres

                For those returning to UK General info:  Information here

                For those returning to Scotland: Info here

                For those returning to Wales: Seek here.  

                For those returning to Northern Ireland: Details here

                Beware of possible exta concern over certain Greek Islands which have also been flagged more than the others, like Lesvos and Zanthe (Zakynthos).

                PS : FCDO* = Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Previously known as the FCO. The new name reflects the change of the bringing together the Foreign and Commonwealth and the Overseas Development Offices into one unit.

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