Passenger posts image of empty airport zone as returning travellers walk through unchecked
A passenger arriving in London from northern Italy – a COVID-19 coronavirus hotspot that saw 133 new deaths from the virus in the last day – has tweeted his astonishment at the complete absence of any checks on returning travellers from the region.
Federico Gatti included in his tweet an image of an empty security zone:
Within the last half-hour or so, Mr Gatti posted an update stating that passengers returning from the area had to undergo ‘mandatory self isolation’:
Even if the isolation was mandatory, travellers would be spending time among the public at and en route from the airport – and ‘self-isolation’ is not monitored by any authorities.
However, the government web page that Mr Gatti linked to is not ‘mandatory’. As it states at the head of the page, it is nothing more than ‘information and advice’, or ‘guidance’:
Travellers returning from COVID-19 hotspots in China, Italy, Iran and South Korea are advised to self-isolate for 14 days, whether they have symptoms or not. But it is not mandatory – nor do there appear to be any checks in place to ensure they do it.
And, as Mr Gatti observed, they are able to wander through a major international airport without any checks – or even any information – and then to travel onward. Coronavirus is transmissible before symptoms appear.
The global mortality rate of COVID-19 is currently running several times higher than the government told us just a week ago.
But even if their 1% figure were accurate, the Tories’ incompetence, recklessness and dishonesty is putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk in this country.
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