Coronavirus UK: Travellers returning from Italy baffled ‘Nobody’s told me to self-isolate’

I have received information from the Foreign Office but I don’t know anything about self-isolating

Francesco Stabile

Meanwhile others have taken to social media to express their confusion, with one citing anecdotal evidence suggesting large numbers of people were prepared to ignore any instructions not to go to work in any case. Speaking at London Stansted after returning from Italy, Francesco Stabile, 38, returning from a trip to visit his girlfriend, said he wanted to get back to work, saying: “I am an Uber driver. “I have received information from the Foreign Office but I don’t know anything about self-isolating.”

Mr Stabile, who lives in Letchworth in Hertfordshire, told MailOnline: “I am feeling well. I have nothing wrong with me.”

Carmine Loru, 39, who flew into Gatwick from Florence, said that he had been given no information about self-isolation, neither had he undergone any tests.

He said: “There is a lot of paranoia in Italy, but here there is not even anybody checking us I read that I’m supposed to stay at home for 14 days, but nobody said anything about that on the plane.”

Engineer Anna De Luca, 30, from Brighton, who travelled from Naples to Gatwick, said: “It’s just crazy.

“I’m actually quite shocked, there were no checks at all.

“Even in Naples they did a check, and told us to stay one metre away from the next person.

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“And then on the plane there was nothing. We weren’t given any information.”

Ms De Luca said she had asked a member of staff at the airport, who advised her to call 111.

There was also confusion online, with one Twitter user posting: “A near neighbour told me earlier that he was talking to some building site workers in the city yesterday, and pretty much all of them said they’ll not #selfIsolate unless they are forced to, and almost all of them were under 40 (approx). #CoronavirusUk #Covid19 # Coronavirus”

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Anther added: “Self isolating means exactly that.

“It does not mean going to your local shop & pub to have a chinwag about your self isolation.”

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage yesterday lambasted the Government for their approach, tweeting: “Flights from high-risk areas all around the world are still being allowed to land in this country. It’s utter madness.

“The UK Government are not carrying out their principal responsibility of keeping their people safe.”

Another Twitter user suggested Mr Farage himself should be taking precautions given he recently met US Republican Party politician Ted Cruz, who is now himself in self-isolation after shaking the hand of “an individual who was symptomatic”.

However, a spokesman for Mr Farage pointed out his appearance alongside Mr Cruz, which was retweeted by the Texas senator on Friday, happened before Mr Cruz had met the coronavirus sufferer in question.

Airlines including British Airways and Ryan Air today confirmed they have suspended all flights to and from Italy.

Express.co.uk has contacted the Foreign Office to ask for guidance in respect of overseas travel.

Public Health England guidelines entitled ‘Advice for self-isolation’ state: “You or the person you are caring for should remain in your home, except for getting medical care.

“Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis until you have been told that is safe to do so.

“You will need to ask for help if you require groceries, other shopping or medications. Alternatively, you can order by phone or online.

“The delivery instruction needs to state that the items are to be left outside, or in the porch, or as appropriate for your home.”

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