British minor ESCAPES Tenerife test center after discovering he has Covid but is detained when trying to board a flight to UK – and ordered to quarantine
- The unidentified boy climbed out a window to flee the health center, police said
- He was intercepted trying to board a flight to the UK with his father and grandfather
- The youngster is now undergoing a 10-day quarantine at a hotel in Tenerife
- Local health chiefs and judge were informed, it is not clear if the boy will be fined for his actions, which police called ‘a deliberate attempt’ to avoid quarantine
A British minor who tested positive for Covid-19 has been forced to quarantine at a Tenerife hotel after escaping from a testing center and trying to return to the UK.
The tourist, who has not been named, was intercepted by police at the island’s airport as he tried to return home with his father and grandfather.
Police were told the youngster, whose age has not been made public, climbed through the window to flee a health center after being told his fit-to-fly test had returned a positive result for coronavirus.
He then bought a new ticket to return to the UK ahead of schedule and was caught trying to board a plane at Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport. The boy has now been quarantined for 10 days in a hotel in Tenerife.
Police say they are sure he made a deliberate attempt to avoid self-quarantine. Local health chiefs and a judge have been notified of the incident.
A spokesman for the Spanish National Police in the island’s capital, Santa Cruz, said a surveillance operation was launched to pick up the boy as soon as authorities knew he had fled the health center.
A British minor who tested positive for Covid-19 has been forced to quarantine at a Tenerife hotel after escaping from a testing center and trying to return to the UK [Stock image]
‘National police officers discovered a British minor who was with his father and grandfather when he tried to return to the UK after testing positive in a Covid antigen test.
“He was on holiday in the south of Tenerife and went to a health center to take the test. When told he had tested positive, he fled the center by jumping through a window, preventing health officials from applying standard protocol in these cases,” the spokesperson said.
“The local airport authority was informed and surveillance was established during an operation to close and check the airport entrances.
“Once the boy was picked up outside the airport, he was quarantined and told to stay in a room at the hotel where he had checked in for ten days.
“Health and court officials and prosecutors have been notified of the situation.”
The tourist, who has not been named, was intercepted by police at Tenerife airport as he tried to return home with his father and grandfather [Stock image]
It was not immediately clear on Tuesday morning whether the Briton would be fined for his actions.
It is also not known whether the boy’s relatives will remain in Tenerife or whether they flew home after the airport shutdown on August 24.
Health leaders in Tenerife revealed on Monday that five people with Covid had died in the past 24 hours, during which time 141 news cases were reported.
Tenerife had the most with 84, followed by Gran Canaria with 38 and Lanzarote with 11.
As of yesterday, the number of people with Covid in the archipelago stood at 13,406.
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