İrem UZUN -TDO- Greece has put all 91 passengers on a flight from Qatar in quarantine after a 12 people onboard tested positive for coronavirus. Those who tested positive will be in quarantine for 14 days, and those who tested negative will remain in quarantine for seven days, the civil protection ministry said. Among those who tested positive on Monday's flight were nine Pakistani nationals who are residents in Greece, two Greeks from Australia and a member of a Greek-Japanese family, the official statement said. Passengers will be quarantined at a government-designated hotel for two weeks.
In an, Qatar Airways released an official announcement, stating that 12 passengers of flight QR203 who tested positive for coronavirus at Athens Airport on Wednesday, did not start their journey from Qatar. Flight “Upon arrival in Doha and before boarding the flight to Athens, all passengers were screened and tested according to the procedures and established health protocols and were found suitable to continue their journey,” the airline said. “Qatar Airways continues to work closely with authorities in Greece and also with the countries of origin of these passengers,” it added. Greece announced that it will be suspending all flights to and from Qatar until mid-June.
Tourism is a crucial part of the Greek economy, accounting for 20 percent of its economic output, and the lockdown imposed in March hit the country hard. The official tourist season in Greece starts on June 15, when hotels reopen and some regular flights from abroad resume. However, the Qatar Airways flight has illuminated the risks involved in the plan. “It’s very clear there is going to be a danger with tourists,” Professor Alkiviadis Vatopoulos said to the Guardian, emphasizing how imperative it was for Greek authorities to have an adequate testing system in place.