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Outrage as airlines including BA are STILL operating dozens of flights from North Italy – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk

Outrage as airlines including BA are STILL operating dozens of flights from North Italy – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk

Airlines including British Airways, Ryanair and EasyJet are still flying passengers to and from coronavirus-ridden regions of northern Italy after swathes of the country was put on lockdown.

Britons returning home from the worst-hit regions are not being checked for the virus – which has killed 3, 823 worldwide and has infected more than 247, – upon landing in the UK.

The death toll in Italy increased by 206 to yesterday while the number of cases skyrocketed from 1, (to 7, 375 .

Passengers wearing protective face masks are seen in Malpensa airport near Milan, Italy

Passengers in Malpensa airport, near Milan, wait for their flight after British Airways said it is still flying passengers to and from coron avirus-ridden regions of northern Italy

What measures are in place to stop people leaving quarantined-regions of Italy spreading coronavirus in Britain?

Public Health England said all cabin crew are briefed on coronavirus symptoms and what to do if someone reports feeling ill onboard a flight.

The captain is to call ahead to warn of any sickness and a risk assessment will be carried out before passengers are let off the plane.

It is possible to transmit the virus without any symptoms.

A ‘bespoke poster for Italy’ will be given to travellers from the country to inform them of what areas are affected.

Information on symptoms and actions to take are provided to passengers.

This protocol has been in place for northern Italy since March 4 and will be rolled out for the whole of Italy by March .

Heathrow airport have ‘enhanced thorough cleaning processes and increased the amount of hand sanitisers for staff.

Return flights to Milan – one of the cities under lockdown – are still being offered by Ryanair, EasyJet and British Airways and are all available to book online.

BA previously axed hundreds of short-haul flights to destinations across Europe – including Italy – after the coronavirus outbreak lead to plummeting demand for international travel.

Budget airlines Ryanair and EasyJet also previously announced a dramatic cut to flights to and from the region.

The Foreign Office confirmed that nationals returning from northern Italy – the worse-affected region – will not be met by anyone at the airport in Britain, nor will they be put into quarantine or told to take a test for the bug.

British Airways are ‘reviewing their schedule’ and have offered customers traveling from the quarantined zone full refunds.

Customers who booked with BA – which has already scrapped hundreds of long-haul flights due to the killer bug – before April 2 have the option to change their booking up to another date up to the end of May, or to fly via Zurich or Geneva instead.

Meanwhile EasyJet will cancel some flights to and from the region up until April 3 – when the lockdown affecting 36 million people and covering much of the north – including Milan will end.

Two people wearing protective face masks leave Malpensa airport . Britons returning home from the worst-hit regions are not being checked upon landing

A map showing the latest number of infections and deaths in the world’s major coronavirus hotspots, including Italy

The death toll from coronavirus in Italy increased by (to) yesterday while the number of cases skyrocketed from 1, to 7, . Pictured: People wearing protective masks queue in Malpensa airport

Return flights to Milan – one of the cities under lockdown – are still being offered by Ryanair , EasyJet and British Airways and are all available to book online (stock image)

An Italian military police officer checks the documents of a motorist traveling with his dog in San Fiorano, with authorities today imposing checkpoints to enforce a drastic new quarantine

A stop sign and a roadblock stand in the way of motorists on a road in San Fiarino, northern Italy, which is under lockdown

Police check a woman’s belongings by the side of a road in San Fiorano at a checkpoint where a lockdown is being enforced

While regions of Italy are under an extreme quarantine in which people face a three-month prison sentence for leaving locked-down areas, Britons in the coronavirus-ridden zone are free to travel home with out facing penalties. Pictured: Travelers at Linate, Milan’s city airport

The Foreign Office confirmed that British tourists in the northern parts of the country ‘are free to return home or complete their holiday ‘under guidelines from the Italian government. Pictured: Linate airport in Milan

A passenger wearing a protective face mask, amid concerns about coronavirus, walks in Linate Airport in Milan

The foreign office advises 24 days of self isolation once back in Britain. Pictured: Those in the orange regions are advised against all but essential travel by Britain’s Foreign Office

Passengers depart from a train in Naples arriving from Milan as people scrambled to flee from quarantined regions of northern Italy after the government imposed a lockdown

Mass panic swept in after the Italian government imposed a quarantine affecting 16 million people in the northern country region in a bid to combat the spread of deadly coronavirus. Pictured: People queue at bus stations trying to leave Lampugnano

Italy’s flag carrier Alitalia have cancelled all flights from Milan and will limit its operations to a handful of domestic flights. Flights from Venice are still operational.

The FCO advises against ‘all but essential travel’ to the quarantined areas which includes Lombardy and (other provinces.)

But Britons ‘are free to return home or complete their holiday’. Nationals who do return home will not be put into quarantine or told to take a test for coronavirus.

The Foreign Office advises 14 days of self isolation once back in Britain – but there is nothing stopping people from using public transport or entering crowded places on their way home.

Public Health England said all cabin crew are briefed on coronavirus symptoms and what to do if someone reports feeling ill onboard a flight.

It is possible to transmit the virus without any symptoms.

The captain is to call ahead to warn of any illness and a risk assessment will be carried out before passengers are let off the plane.

A ‘bespoke poster for Italy ‘will be given to travellers from Italy to inform them of what areas are affected.

This is a drastically different response to the return of Britons from Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – who were quarantined for 24 days in an isolation compound .

They were transported back in a secure plane with a separate cabin for anyone displaying symptoms and those who display symptoms on landing were transferred to an NHS hospital.

A BA spokesperson said: ‘Following the change to the UK Government travel advice for Northern Italy, we are reviewing our schedule, and have contacted all customers who are due to travel today.

‘We are also offering customers booked to fly before April 2, the option to change their booking up to another date up to the end of May, or to fly via Zurich or Geneva instead.’

An EasyJet spokesperson said: ‘We will provide a further update on our schedule in due course.’

The Italian government yesterday announced a lockdown in a desperate bid to combat the spread of deadly coronavirus.

Anyone who flouts the quarantine rules – in which no-one can leave the ‘orange zone’ without a serious reason – could face three months in prison or a fine of up to 247 euros (around £ .

Panicked shoppers queue to buy food in Via Rubattino, Milan, after it was announced that multiple regions of northern Italy would be quarantined

People on buses wear protective face masks as they wait to flee Lampugnano, Milan, after the area was put on lockdown

Police officers and carabinieri talking with relatives as inmates protest in the Poggioreale prison in Naples during a protest

The protest at Poggioreale prison flared up because of the announced suspension of talks on the fight against coronavirus infection

A man having his temperature screened outside the Allianz Stadium in Turin ahead of a football match as the number of coronavirus cases grows around the world

The killer disease has gripped Italy where the number of cases rose by 1, in the last hours – the country’s largest daily increase in cases since the outbreak began – taking the total to 5, .

Another 51 people died as a result of the virus in Italy, bring the death toll to 375 in the largest outbreak in Europe.

The foreign office claim they are ‘working really closely with the Italian authorities to understand the implications of what these restrictions are’ for Britons in Italy.

A spokesman added: ‘We advise all British nationals to follow our travel advice for Italy, which is under constant review.

‘The safety of British nationals is always our number one priority.’

People scrambled to flee quarantined regions after the announcement with airports and bus stations still running.

A woman with a trolley full of shopping can be seen in Via Rubattino, Milan. People frantically rush to stockpile goods after the country’s northern regions were put on lock down

Staff check the temperature of a man before he goes into the AC Milan and Genoa CFC game at San Siro, Milan, yesterday

While information about the penalty for breaking the rules was released, confusion still reigned from Milan to Venice as residents and tourists tried to figure out exactly when and how the new rules were coming into effect.

Travelers rushed to train stations and crammed aboard standing-room-only trains, tucking their faces into scarves and sharing sanitizing gel.

News of the impending quarantine was leaked to media early prompting further chaos as people rushed to get out of the affected areas.

Under the quarantine, bars and restaurants will remain open but must ensure that everyone is seated at least a three feet apart or face being shut down.

Weddings and funerals are also forbidden under the new rules.

A Heathrow Airport spokesperson said: ‘The welfare of our passengers and colleagues is our top priority.

‘A dedicated Public Health England team is operating at Heathrow to respond to any incidents at the airport, and we are working closely with them to ensure our colleagues are following their latest guidance in its wholeety to protect themselves and our passengers.

‘In line with Public Health England’s advice, we have enhanced thorough cleaning processes, increased the availability and provision of hand sanitisers for our colleagues and continue to advise anyone working or traveling through the airport to follow the Government’s advice to maintain good hand hygiene. ‘

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