The Italian authorities have reported that at least 23 people who landed yesterday at the Roman airport of Fiumicino from India have tested positive for coronavirus, as reported by AFP. “Last night, on the flight from India that landed at 9:15 p.m. local time at the Roman airport of Fiumicino with 213 passengers and 10 crew members, 23 people tested positive for the coronavirus virus,” reported Alessio D’Amato, Advisor for the Lazio health.
The case put the Italian authorities on alert, which fear the spread of the Indian strain of the coronavirus that is hitting the Asian country, although for now it is too early to know if indeed among the positives detected there were any with that variant.
All the positives and their close contacts were transferred to specialized facilities, the “covid hotels” where they will remain isolated.
Italy extends quarantines for EU travelers
The Italian Ministry of Health has extended until May 15 the mandatory nature of a PCR test carried out 48 hours before arrival and a five-day quarantine that must be followed by another test for all people coming from European Union countries .
On the other hand, the minister has banned those from Sri Lanka from entering Italy, a measure already applied for travelers from India and Bangladesh and with which it is wanted to avoid the expansion of the Indian strain. Only those who have nationality will be allowed to enter Italy from these countries.