Young Belgians who were on holiday partying in the Costa Brava, Spain, have tested positive for the coronavirus. However, some of them managed to board the plane by taking advantage of a loophole in the system.
About 20 Belgian youths who were on vacation with the Jongerentravel youth travel organization tested positive for a PCR test. It was conducted at official Spanish test centers, Catherine Korenz of Jongerentravel said.
Despite the positive test, some of them managed to enter the plane using a vulnerability in the system. This is because Belgians returning from the so-called red zone (the country where the epidemic is bad – each country can create their own list) only need to submit a Passenger Location Form (PLF) upon arrival.
People without a COVID certificate must be tested upon return to Belgium and remain in quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Therefore, airlines do not require a negative PCR test for Belgians who wish to return to their country.
In addition, the young people received airline tickets from their parents, and the organizer found out about this only after some time. The system is incorrect. So can you get out of the dark red zone after a positive test result? This is crazy, said Catherine Korens.
Federal virologist and COVID-19 spokesperson, Stephen van Guchte, has indicated that anyone who becomes infected overseas should stay there to be isolated.
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