Up to 30 Plymouth teenagers linked to coronavirus outbreak after Zante holiday

Matthew Dresch www.mirror.co.uk 

Up to 30 teenagers have been linked to a coronavirus outbreak in Plymouth after returning home from a holiday in Zante.

At least 11 youngsters have tested positive following the trip to the Greek island, which is not on the UK quarantine list, Plymouth Live reports.

Some of the infected teens reportedly went out partying in the city over the weekend, potentially spreading the disease.

Plymouth City Council said the people who have tested positive have either shown no signs of Covid-19 or just minor symptoms, such as a sore throat.

The authority said as many as 30 young people around the ages of 18 and 19, mainly from Plymouth, could be linked to the outbreak after returning home last week.

The council and supporting partners are now ramping up reminders to stay safe and follow social distancing guidance over the Bank Holiday weekend – and self-quarantine depending on if you have travelled back to England from a holiday destination not on the approved travel corridor list.

The latest countries to be removed and added can be found on the UK Government website  here.

Plymouth City Council’s Director for Public Health, Ruth Harrell, said her team were working alongside national systems to contact and trace the young people thought to have been affected – who have been ‘really helpful and cooperative.’

“This deadly disease spreads,” she warned.

“We know that some of these young people had no symptoms, and so carried on as normal, including a night out in Plymouth’s bars and restaurants, until they became aware of the risk.

Greece is not on the UK’s quarantine list (Image: Getty Images)

“That means more people could be infected. While young people might have fairly mild symptoms, and sometimes none that you would notice, our big concern is that we know it can be very serious for people who have existing health problems or are older.

“We are in contact with all the pubs and bars across the city to remind them of their front line role in stopping the spread of this virus. They need to help us to protect the city.

“But it also needs everyone to help too. If you think you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you need to stay at home.

“If you get any symptoms, get tested as well as isolate. There’s no two ways round it.”

She said that whilst the city was still ‘below the point of triggering a lockdown’ – this incident ‘just goes to show how easily life can change.’

“We all need to remain vigilant, whatever age we are and take proper precautions,” she said.

Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans, said: “We cannot afford to be complacent. If you are going out you must follow the guidance.

“This is our wake up call.”

A small number of workers at a medical factory in Plymouth, which makes products critical in the fight against COVID-19, also tested positive for coronavirus this week.