A British holidaymaker tested positive for coronavirus while staying at a luxury TUI hotel in Greece.
The tourist, whose identity has not been disclosed, was tested after landing in Corfu on Aug. 3 as part of the country’s randomized screening measures.
But despite the advice from the State Department that the results of the coronavirus are expected within 24 hours, the result did not return until four days later.
It means that the Brit – who reportedly showed no symptoms – could have unknowingly passed the virus on to other tourists and staff staying at the resort.
Travel provider TUI has since contacted the 140 guests enjoying their summer vacation at the hotel, as well as any guests expected in the near future
When the positive result was given on August 7, the holidaymaker and their entire group had to isolate themselves in their room at the five-star Blue Atlantica Grand Mediterraneo Resort.
They were then transferred from the hotel to a special isolation hotel where they have to spend the next 14 days, The mirror reported.
Travel provider TUI has since contacted the 140 guests enjoying their summer vacation at the hotel, as well as any guests expected in the near future.
Those who flew on the same plane as the infected holidaymaker have also been contacted and the Greek authorities could order them to isolate themselves for 14 days.
The website for the Atlantica Grand Mediterraneo Resort has ‘a truly luxurious retreat’ with ‘panoramic views over the Ionian Sea’.
The adults-only hotel has 270 rooms and a seven-night all-inclusive stay would cost around £ 2,374 for two people this month.
TUI confirmed the positive coronavirus results, but said no other guests or employees reported any signs of illness.
A spokesperson told The Mirror: ‘We are in regular contact with the customer who is not showing any symptoms and stays in a designated quarantine hotel.
“Once our team in Corfu became aware of this case, the client remained isolated in his room until he could be transferred to the specialized isolation unit.”
“The hotel has carried out extensive cleaning procedures in accordance with government advice and guests can continue to enjoy their holiday while maintaining the hygiene precautions we have in place.”
When the positive result was given on August 7, the holidaymaker and their entire group had to isolate themselves in their room at the five-star Blue Atlantica Grand Mediterraneo Resort
TUI confirmed positive coronavirus results, but said no other guests or employees reported signs of illness
Greece has confirmed 5,623 cases of coronavirus so far, including 212 deaths.
While travel to Greece is permitted, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises the British to avoid ‘all but essential international travel’.
Current rules for travel corridors mean that those returning from Greece do not need to isolate themselves upon arrival in the country – unlike those returning home from Spain.
In recent weeks, the UK government has come under fire for changing travel advice, requiring people returning from Spain to be quarantined for two weeks, devastating tourists looking forward to their summer vacation.
In recent days, fears have grown that the same could happen to holidaymakers in France, however vacationers can now be quarantined spared despite an increase in coronavirus cases.
A review to be completed today is expected to keep France on the list of countries exempt from the UK’s 14-day isolation rules.
TUI said: ‘The hotel has carried out extensive cleaning procedures in accordance with government advice and guests can continue to enjoy their holiday while maintaining the hygienic precautions we have in place’
The adults-only hotel has 270 rooms and an all-inclusive seven-night stay this month will cost around £ 2,374 for two people
Hundreds of thousands of Britons are either on holiday in France or planning to go there, but more than 2,500 cases were recorded yesterday – a record since the lockdown was relaxed.
And analysis has found that fourteen other countries that are also on the list have higher or comparable coronavirus rates.
The UK updated its ‘green list’ for travel on Tuesday, but failed to remove Portugal from the quarantine list.
In one fell swoop to the Portuguese economy, which benefits greatly from UK tourism, the UK government was warned that cases in Portugal had not fallen fast enough to place the country safely on the ‘green list’.
Portugal registered 120 new cases yesterday, up from 290 last Friday, but in the past 14 days, the cumulative number of cases per 100,000 has risen to 24.6, the first increase in weeks, according to The Daily Telegraph.