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Plane traveller tests positive for covid

Plane traveller tests positive for covid

Sunday 05 July 2020

Plane traveller tests positive for covid

An air traveller, who arrived in Jersey from Gatwick on Friday, has tested positive for covid-19.

The passenger did not display any symptoms and is now isolating at a private residence.

15 passengers sitting on adjoining rows on the flight, which was one of the first commercial flights to Jersey since travel restrictions were lifted on Friday, have now been contacted by the contact tracing team and are self-isolating in private residences.

The team will remain in contact with them over the next 14 days.

Government officials have not yet updated their official covid-19 statistics in response, but have said they will do so tomorrow.

Borders opened to unrestricted on Friday 3 July after States Members voted in favour earlier this week.

Since then, more than 600 travellers have arrived in Jersey. The government has pledged to provide statistics on the number of arriving passengers and the time taken to process their tests.

Under the new 'Safer Travel' regime, anyone who arrives in Jersey by sea or air is expected to take a swab test for covid-19 on arrival - a process that can take up to three hours - and keep in regular contact with the contact tracing team. 

If they choose not to do so, they must instead self-isolate for 14 days.

LIST: This weekend's travel into the island..


BA flight

Arrival time: 08:43

Passengers: 128 

Test processing duration: 1hr 20 

Blue Islands Passenger flight 

Arrival time: 13:39

Passengers: 55

Test processing: 30 mins 

Blue Islands Medical flight 

Arrival time: 14:14

Passengers: 18 

Test processing: 30 mins 

EasyJet Gatwick

Arrival time: 19:41

Passengers: 72 

Test processing: 35 mins


EasyJet Gatwick

Arrival time: 07:49

Passengers: 91

Test processing: 39 mins 

BA flight Heathrow

Arrival time: 08:14

Passengers: 74 

Test processing: 33 mins

Condor Ferry

95 vehicles, 175 people

Test processing: 1hr 5min

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Posted by Jon Jon on
Well that didn’t take long,things opened up to early but that’s the government for you,!,was amazed at the stupidity of people meeting those flights,the hugging and kissing etc as soon as passengers left the arrivals hall.So this passenger along with their family hosts are self isolating for fourteen days,just hope during weekend they didn’t go anywhere.I can’t understand why passengers don’t get tested a few days before they travel,automatically that should happen.Going to be the first of many for sure.
Posted by Desmond McGarry on
Well, that didn't take long! I was horrified to see people at the airport having tests and then rushing outside to hug family and friends - ZERO social distancing - in my opinion, the nightmare has just started
Posted by Michael Tostevin on
As secretary/treasurer of the Jersey Taxi Drivers Association this is what we tried to highlight in the media last week when then ports of Jersey re-opened. Whilst it is great to see things opening up and trying to get back to some form of normality, a passenger arriving in the Island is tested but the results are not known for at least 12 hours at best ( and probably longer in reality), that person then leaves the port and can access public transport, taxis and buses. The taxi /bus driver is now carrying an infected person and is at high risk of catching the virus themselves but apart from that what about all of the passengers on the bus or in the taxi for the rest of that day or into the next day or so, all sitting near or close to this infected person. What about the rest of the day and even the next day, how many passengers may sit in the same seat as the infected person who has now got out of the taxi or bus and gone into a hotel or pub.... how can this all be traced?. Meanwhile back at the Airport, the aircraft has been reloaded with passengers travelling back to the UK and although it maybe had a quick wipe down, (Easyjet work on a half hour turn around) somebody is likely to sit in the same seat as the infected person, served by the same stewardess and so on.... all of this is very worrying as we don't want to go back to a total lock down Therefore at the very least, the Government must make it mandatory for all passengers using public transport to wear face masks.
Posted by nigel pearce on
Don't allow anyone to travel to the island unless they have had a test three days before boarding the flight or boat and have been declared virus free. Test certificate required showing result or no passage.
Posted by Mark Wilbourn on
If the swab is pushed right to the back of the nose, it only misses one in three CoVID-19 cases. As there are now 2 arrivals who have screened positive, only 1 (at best) will have been missed. If 15 people become isolating contacts per positive test, 30 people will now be isolating and statistically 15 people will have become contacts, but don’t know, so will potentially be spreading CoVID-19 around Jersey. Here comes the 2nd peak that the World Health Organization predicted...
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