A passenger from London tests positive at the airport and is sent by taxi to Almería

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RAFA ARJONES

A passenger from London what arrived at Alicante-Elche airport without the PCR done he tested positive in the test they did in El Altet and finished leaving by taxi at dawn yesterday to his residence in Almería. The transfer by taxi was the solution provided by those responsible for Public Health of the Generalitat when the infected passenger did not want to go to a hospital, according to sources close to the case confirmed to this newspaper. Since last December 22, when controls were tightened for the most contagious new strain of the coronavirus, the National Police have rejected 55 British passengers at the Alicante-Elche airport for not being residents.

The passenger who arrived from London infected, who presumably received instructions to confine himself to his home in Almería, will be sanctioned for having traveled to Spain without having the PCR, despite being a medical test that is required to be able to fly.

Apparently the traveler, a Nigerian citizen residing in the province of Almería, embarked in London saying he had the PCR. However, after landing the plane last Monday night in El Altet, the traveler passed the police documentation check and then the Foreign Health check, where he said he was not carrying the PCR.

Thus, An antigen test was performed and he tested positive for covid-19. After confirming the contagion and the traveler from the United Kingdom, where the british strain is causing a high spread of covid-19, they contacted Public Health to see what solution was adopted.

Sources close to the case explained that the passenger did not want to go to a hospital in the province And since he has his residence in Almería, Public Health indicated that he should go to his home and they looked for a taxi driver who wanted to take him to his home knowing that he was infected. This was done and the traveler was transferred at dawn yesterday. On the other hand, the normal thing in these cases is that the crew and the passenger of the plane have been alerted to the contagion of this passenger.

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