British minor ESCAPES from Tenerife test centre after discovering he has Covid but is apprehended trying to board a flight to the UK – and ordered to quarantine
- Unidentified boy climbed out of a window to flee the health centre, police said
- He was intercepted trying to board a flight to the UK with his dad and grandad
- The youngster is now undergoing a 10-day quarantine at a Tenerife hotel
- Local health chiefs and judge were informed, it is not clear if boy will face a fine over his actions, which police called ‘a deliberate attempt’ to avoid quarantine
A British minor who tested positive for Covid-19 has been forced to quarantine in a Tenerife hotel after escaping from a test centre and attempting to return to the UK.
The tourist, who has not been named, was intercepted by police at the island’s airport as he tried to return home with his dad and grandfather.
Police were told the youngster, whose age has not been made public, had climbed through the window to flee a health centre after being told his fit-to-fly test had returned a positive result for coronavirus.
He then purchased a new ticket to return to the UK earlier than planned and was caught attempting to board a plane at Tenerife South–Reina Sofia Airport. The boy is now under 10-day quarantine in a Tenerife hotel.
Police say they are certain he made a deliberate attempt to avoid self-quarantine. Local health chiefs and a judge have been made aware of the incident.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police in the island capital Santa Cruz said a surveillance operation was launched to pick up the boy once authorities were aware he had fled the health centre.
A British minor who tested positive for Covid-19 has been forced to quarantine in a Tenerife hotel after escaping from a test centre and attempting to return to the UK [Stock image]
‘National Police officers detected a British minor who was with his dad and grandfather as he tried to return to the UK after testing positive in a Covid antigen test.
‘He was on holiday in the south of Tenerife and went to a health centre to do the test. When he was told he had tested positive, he fled the centre by jumping through a window preventing health officials from adopting the standard protocol in these cases,’ the spokesman said.
‘The local airport authority was informed and surveillance established in an operation which involved the closure and monitoring of the airport entrances.
‘Once the youngster had been picked up outside the airport, he was made to quarantine and told he would have to stay in a room at the hotel he had been checked into for 10 days.
‘Health and court officials and prosecutors have been informed of the situation.’
The tourist, who has not been named, was intercepted by police at Tenerife’s airport as he tried to return home with his dad and grandfather [Stock image]
It was not immediately clear as of Tuesday morning if the Brit would face a fine over his actions.
Nor was it known whether the boy’s relatives remain in Tenerife or if they have flown home following the airport stop on August 24.
Health chiefs in Tenerife on Monday revealed that five people with Covid had died in the previous 24 hours, during which time 141 news cases were reported.
Tenerife had the most with 84, followed by Gran Canaria with 38 and Lanzarote with 11.
As of yesterday, the number of people with Covid in the archipelago stood at 13,406.
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