Rapid tests at Rome airport detect six coronavirus cases from 'at risk' countries.
Six holidaymakers tested positive forcovid-19 on the first day of testing at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, reports Italian news agency ANSA.
The six individuals travelled to Rome from countries identified by Italy as being ‘at risk’ for covid-19, including Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.
The testing began at both Rome’s airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino, on 16 August in a bid to contain imported cases of coronavirus.
The first person to test positive at Fiumicino was a young man from Pescara returning from a trip to Malta.
A Roman woman returning to Fiumicino airport and coming from Greece (Skiathos) with a stopover in Athens also tested positive, as did a French man coming from Split in Croatia. Both are reportedly asymptomatic.
A Spanish man from Barcelona, who was travelling to Tuscany, also tested positive for covid-19 at Fiumicino.
The fifth case concerns a six-year-old Spanish boy, asymptomatic, from Barcelona who was travelling with his family.
The sixth case was a Roman woman returning from the Spanish island of Tenerife.
"The prevention method implemented in the airports of the capital is working", said the health councillor for the Lazio Region, Alessio D'Amato.
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