School forced to delay opening as 20 pupils get coronavirus in Zante and one brags of flying without mask in TikTok vidSeptember 2, 2020
AROUND twenty students brought coronavirus back from a trip to Zante sparking a new Covid cluster – and forcing their school to delay its reopening.
One student even bragged about not wearing a mask on the plane for the trip to the Greek party island with about 30 pals – with their Buckinghamshire school now in damage control.
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The Sun Online understands about 20 Sir William Borlase's Grammar School students have tested positive for the bug – with a number of family members also infected.
The teens had shared photographs of themselves soaking up the sun while on holiday to the Greek Island – with clips showing them dancing and hugging on the trip.
Brits have been flocking to the island to enjoy the summer, with those returning to England not required to isolate on their return.
However, the island has been blamed for a rise in coronavirus in Britain after six clusters and more than 30 cases were linked to four returning flights in the past week.
The clusters have meant Scotland and Wales this week imposed quarantine rules for those arriving back from the the island. If England does follow, then tourists will likely be given little warning to return to the country, with previous changes forcing French and Spanish holidaymakers to frantically rush home with less than 48 hours notice.
And the youngsters made the most of their summer overseas trip with a TikTok video obtained by the Sun Online showing some of the young women posing for photographs while another clip shows the group standing close together.
The video was captioned: "Goes to Zante with virtually no social distancing and virtually no corona".
It then cuts to one of the young men appearing to be on a plane with his mask slung around his neck with the note: "no mask government can't kill me ."
The TikTok then adds: "one dumb b**** decides to pollute the whole plane" before cutting to a string of screenshots showing at least seven teens had tested positive for coronavirus.
There are currently no laws enforcing face coverings on flights, with it at the airline's discretion, however EasyJet, Ryanair and Jet2 have all made them compulsory.
Their school Sir William Borlase's Grammar School was supposed to restart today but said they had since made the decision to stagger their opening.
It is understood about 30 students went on the overseas trip and were mostly in 12th form.
It's just another blow for students who this year saw their exams cancelled and studying from home for three months as the pandemic gripped the nation.
Most schools reopened this week after students were forced to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Head teacher Kay Mountfield told parents she had been in contact with Public Health England, Bucks Council's health team and the Department for Education surrounding the risks.
In a letter to parents last week, she said: "In the last 24 hours, the school has been informed of a number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the school community following travels overseas.
"All the organisations, along with our Chair of Governors, support my decision to prioritise safety and delay the opening until Thursday, September 10."
Anita Cranmer, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: "A group of young people and some family members have tested positive for Covid-19 over the last few days, some of whom are pupils at the same school, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow.
"These cases are all linked and were acquired abroad during the school holidays. All households are now self-isolating having been contacted by test and trace staff.
"The school is clean and safe to return to and there will be a staggered start to the school year with the older students returning slightly later to allow pupils to complete the self-isolation period.
"Public Health England are actively investigating these cases and have traced contacts to ensure that they are aware of the need to self-isolate. There should be no cause for wider alarm."
While cases in Greece remain low compared to other European destinations, cases have been steadily climbing, with 10,524 overall infections and 3,804 deaths.
The country reported the highest new daily cases since the crisis began on August 26, with 283 new infections.
There are currently no quarantine restrictions if returning to England from Greece, although tourists need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form before travelling to avoid a €500 fine.
It comes after about 11 teens from Plymouth tested positive for coronavirus after a similar trip to Zante.
Plymouth council’s leader described the batch of positive tests as a “wake up call’.
Areas like Laganas in Zante have been actively encouraging holidaymakers to return.
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