Travel agent staying at quarantine hotel ‘fears catching Covid from fellow passengers’

Heathrow hotel: Couple show inside of quarantine room

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Anthony Pium, 30, has to spend 10 days confined with 500 others at the Radisson Blu Heathrow hotel after a business trip to Brazil. He has tested negative for Covid three times, and now believes it would be safer for him and others with a UK home to isolate there with random checks or even an electronic tag.

He has branded it “crazy” that passengers coming from “red list” countries were allowed to mix with others on a connecting flight from Spain, who then did not have to face hotel quarantine.

The self-employed travel agent from Leyton in east London had been on a five-day business trip visiting hotels when suddenly all direct flights were cancelled in December.

Surviving on money borrowed from family, he eventually got a flight to Spain and then one to Heathrow on Wednesday evening.

On arrival, passengers who had visited high-risk countries were escorted to the hotel.

He said: “What makes no sense is they allowed us to catch a flight with other people and they let them go.

“On the connecting flight from Spain they were sat next to us.

“During my stay at the hotel I could catch Covid.”

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