Vacationers remained in their seats in horror as Hazmat-clad officials boarded a Ryanair plane in Stansted to remove a passenger who was taking his seat after receiving text saying he was positive for coronavirus prior to boarding tested.
The passenger and his travel companion were removed from the plane a few minutes before take-off in London and taken to the airport's isolation area, where they were picked up by the health authorities.
Their seats and overhead cabins were then disinfected before the plane was allowed to fly to Pisa, Italy, an hour and 40 minutes behind schedule, according to Flight Radar.
The passenger, who was not named, violated coronavirus quarantine restrictions by leaving his home and boarding the flight.
"Both wore masks at Stansted Airport at all times," Ryanair said in a statement, "and they sat on the plane for a very short period (less than ten minutes) before departure."
"There was little risk of coronavirus transmission to other passengers or crew members as everyone also wore face masks at all times."
The shocking video shows three officers, dressed from head to toe in protective clothing, approaching the person on the plane while a crew member tries to keep the passengers in their seats.
Hazmat-clad officers boarded a plane at London Stansted after a passenger received a text from Track & Trace minutes before take-off. The flight went to Pisa
Horrified passengers clutched their seats as the customer was escorted from the flight with his travel companion. The plane was allowed to fly further to Pisa
Instructions on the NHS England website warn those with symptoms to stay home.
The Department of Health's website states, “If you are given a coronavirus test because you have symptoms, you and everyone you live with must self-isolate until you get your result.
"This also applies to everyone in your support bubble (where someone who lives alone or only with their children can meet people from another household)."
It can take up to 72 hours to complete the tests to see if someone has coronavirus.
A crew member was filmed to calm the passengers and keep them in their seats
A shocked passenger posted a picture on Instagram of himself and a friend wearing face masks on the flight.
She said in the headline: "The face when you want to take off and someone receives a text from Track & Trace."
They added that police got on the plane and claimed the person had been tested for coronavirus.
The Ryanair flight was still allowed to Pisa.
The Ryanair flight was delayed an hour and 40 minutes as the passenger seat and overhead cabin were disinfected according to government instructions
It is believed that the Italian authorities did not take any further action and that no other passengers were required to self-isolate.
Italy, which was at the epicenter of the pandemic, made face masks mandatory in "all public spaces" on August 16 between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
479 new cases were recorded that day and 1,367 new cases were recorded yesterday.
The home office was asked for a comment.
Test and Trace is worse than ever: only 72.6% of Covid-19 patients have been tracked – and only a THIRD of those were reached within 24 hours
The government's test and trace system is getting worse and worse as today's numbers show call handlers hit a record low of just 72.6 percent of infected patients last week.
It's the fifth straight week that the number of Covid-19 cases tracked has fallen, down from its best performance of 82.8 percent in the week ended July 22nd.
Scientists have repeatedly warned that at least 80 percent of coronavirus patients must be contacted and interviewed in order for the system – which Boris Johnson has called "the world's best" – to work effectively.
Health ministry data released today also showed that a third of people who tested positive for the coronavirus and referred to the system were not reached within 24 hours.
It is critical that the system work quickly so that close contacts of Covid-19 cases where the virus may unwittingly occur are tracked down and instructed to self-isolate before they can spread the infection further.
It is because Matt Hancock today defended his plan to pay low-income people £ 13 a day to self-isolate, despite critics saying the payments would not be enough to keep people from going to work.
The government's test and trace system is getting worse and worse as today's numbers show call handlers hit a record low of just 72.6 percent of infected patients last week
Today's figures also show that the UK outbreak is not spiraling out of control as feared, with the number of positive cases falling by nearly nine percent in a week.
HANCOCK DEFENDS HIS PLAN TO PAY £ 13 per day to BRITON'S SELF-INSULATING PAYMENT
Matt Hancock today launched an angry defense of his plan to pay low-income people £ 13 a day to self-isolate as critics said the payments weren't enough to keep people from going to work.
Starting September 1st, people receiving a self-credit or tax credit who need to self-isolate, cannot work from home and are in Covid-19 hotspots will benefit from the new payment scheme.
Eligible individuals who test positive for the virus will receive £ 130 for their 10-day self-isolation period, while other members of their household who are required to isolate for 14 days under applicable rules will receive £ 182.
The program will initially be tested in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham – areas currently subject to local lockdowns.
The government hopes the payments will improve compliance with NHS Test and Trace requests for people to stay at home. Mr. Hancock points out that the money will be "in addition to" other benefits.
However, critics believe the payments are way too small and many people still feel that they cannot afford to stay home.
A total of 6,115 people were diagnosed between August 13 and 19, up from 6,656 the week before.
This corresponds to 1.4 and 1.5 percent of all tests carried out, which proves that cases have not just decreased due to fewer tests.
Of these cases, 72.6 percent were reached by call processors. In comparison, the rate in the previous week was 79 percent. The data also shows it's even worse than the 73.4 percent recorded the first week of the program.
Only 69.7 percent of the contact persons were reached within 24 hours. Five percent were undetected for at least three days.
75.9 percent gave at least one phone number to a close contact, a number that has been falling every week since mid-July.
With positive developments, however, 75.5 percent of the close contacts were achieved, after 71.6 percent in the previous week.
But it's still a dramatically lower number than the 91.1 percent of the cases seen in the first week after it started on May 28.
Experts suspect that people are not picking up the phone to contact Tracer because it is an unrecognized number.
NHS Test and Trace Baroness Dido Harding said England "now has the ability to test for coronavirus and trace contacts on an unprecedented scale".
She said today: & # 39; This week marks a milestone for NHS Test and Trace, which has now been up and running for more than three months.
& # 39; Statistics released today show that every week we reach the majority of those who tested positive and their contacts and have now reached nearly 300,000 people who may have unknowingly passed on the virus.
& # 39; We will continue to expand the service to reach more and more people and expand our testing capacity.
"I urge everyone to use NHS Test and Trace to help everyone lead a more normal lifestyle."
The percentage of recent close contacts handled by call centers that were contacted
More and more people are being referred to the NHS traceability system due to an increase in cases
Since the record high at the beginning of July, the test cycle times have also decreased. But they're starting to improve for home test kits and satellite centers
Danny Mortimer, vice chairman of the NHS Confederation, said, "The latest test and trace numbers show a yo-yo effect, with significant improvements in some areas offset by regression in others."
Local health teams again showed a higher success rate than the centralized system, proving that a "boots on ground" approach to contact tracing is more effective.
In the week ending August 19, 95.6 percent of close contacts were reached and asked to self-isolate, compared with 61.6 percent of cases handled by call centers.
Various local councils took matters into their own hands and launched local follow-up activities to complement the national system before ministers offered additional resources to local systems to strengthen their response.
The numbers also show that test turnaround times decreased between August 13th and 19th.
Only a fifth of the tests from all test sites were received within 24 hours of performing a test.
The number of people who received their results within 24 hours of visiting a regional test site – mostly drives through – was the worst ever.
Almost two thirds (63.5 percent) were waiting for their result after 24 hours, compared to 42.2 percent in the week before and 8 percent in the week ending July 1.
Finally, the 24-hour goal for satellite test centers – places like hospitals and nursing homes in dire need of results – and home jerseys has been improved after weeks of dismal numbers.
Yet only 5.9 and 6.4 percent of people in these test categories got their results back within 24 hours.
The Prime Minister had promised that the results of 100 percent of all personal tests would be back within 24 hours by the end of June.
Experts say that getting test results quickly and doing contact tracing immediately is important to stop the spread of the coronavirus as there is only a short window to alert people that they are at risk of infecting others, without knowing that they are sick.
But those taking a home test kit now have to wait an average of 71 hours to find out if they have Covid-19.
The average time it takes test results to return from all routes has increased, apart from those conducted in satellite test centers.
Fears of a second wave have increased over the past month. Official data shows that the average number of daily cases has doubled since mid-July. Growing outbreaks in Europe have also terrified ministers.
However, figures from the Department of Health and separate data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) tracking the size of the outbreak through swab tests of thousands of people suggest that the number of cases is decreasing.
Last week it was claimed that 2,400 people are contracting the virus every day in England, a 37 percent decrease from the previous week.
Statisticians claimed the outbreak was "flattened". For comparison, the ONS estimated that around 4,200 people were infected every day at the end of July.
However, a senior government source told journalists last Friday that data on growth rates and R-values suggest the cases are "trending up very gently".
The official said, "We don't see a rapid increase here, but I think we are on a positive increase and it is increasing gently."
SAGE warned that the reproductive rate – the average number of people each coronavirus patient infects – could now surpass the dreaded one.
The Government's Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (SAGE) estimates the R-value is now between 0.9 and 1.1. Experts say the R has to stay under one or governments risk losing control of the epidemic and the virus could spread exponentially again.
However, the estimate is based on three-week-old data due to the time lag between Covid-19 patients getting sick and appearing in the statistics, meaning there is no real-time picture of the current epidemic in the UK.
And it can be pushed up by local clusters of infections seen in parts of the north-west of England.
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