Greece suspends Qatar flights after passengers test positive for coronavirus

Greece suspends Qatar flights after passengers test positive for coronavirus
The Greek civil protection authority said 12 out of 91 people on a Qatar Airways flight that arrived on Monday had tested positive for COVID-19. (File/AFP)
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Updated 03 June 2020

Greece suspends Qatar flights after passengers test positive for coronavirus

Greece suspends Qatar flights after passengers test positive for coronavirus
  • They will be quarantined at a hotel for two weeks

JEDDAH: Greece on Tuesday suspended flights to and from Qatar after 12 passengers on a plane from Doha tested positive for the coronavirus.

They were on a flight carrying 91 people from Doha to Athens that landed on Monday. Tests were carried out for the coronavirus and the passengers were taken to a quarantine hotel.

Those who tested positive will be in quarantine for 14 days, and those who tested negative will remain in quarantine for seven days.

The passengers found to have the virus were nine people from Pakistan with Greek residency papers, two Greeks traveling from Australia and a member of a Greek-Japanese family. The suspension will be in place until June 15.

Greece has reported a low number of COVID-19 cases compared to many other European countries, and began a gradual easing of a weeks-long lockdown on May 4. By Tuesday, it had reported 2,937 cases, and 179 deaths.