These college students departed from the UK and arrived at Copenhagen airport on February 8 for his or her connecting flight to China. They had been among the many 54 Chinese language residents who had been left in limbo on the airport due to optimistic Covid-19 outcomes delivered by the clinic airport physician.
“We had been instructed that we couldn’t board the flight as a result of we examined optimistic,” a graduate pupil who requested anonymity instructed The PIE.
“It’s after the flight departed that they agreed to provide us the reviews on the situation that we handed in our passports, which we refused. Then the workers from the Chinese language embassy got here, so we gave them our passports for photocopy and had been supplied with the reviews afterwards.”
With doubts about this massive variety of optimistic outcomes, they paid Scandinavian Airways, which they booked flights with, for lateral movement assessments with not one of the outcomes coming again optimistic.
“I haven’t brushed my enamel or washed my face or had a bathe for 3 days,” Chen, a graduate pupil instructed The PIE.
“I’ve solely had a sandwich and a field of noodles to date. I’m so chilly and hungry and exhausted.”
“I haven’t brushed my enamel or washed my face or had a bathe for 3 days”
In accordance with Copenhagen airport, all Chinese language passengers on this incident have been supplied each resort freed from cost – and when testing detrimental a rebooking with SAS.
Not one of the Chinese language college students agreed to go to the resort as a result of taking the provide can be equal to accepting their optimistic outcomes, which might pose extra obstacles to their journey again to China.
“If I conform to return to the UK, my optimistic Covid end result might be recorded by the entire Chinese language embassies regardless of being misdiagnosed,” one other graduate pupil who requested anonymity instructed the PIE.
“On this case, I’ve to undergo the process for individuals who have recovered from Covid, which can take round three months. At the moment, my Tier 4 pupil visa might be expired.”
These whose visas will expire quickly additionally face the potential for being refused entry to the UK. In addition to considerations for the visa, a lot of the college students have ended their tenancy, with no private belongings left there.
Following their continued demand, a third-party testing company carried out PCR assessments for them on the evening of February 9. They are going to be allowed to remain on the airport and proceed negotiations if their take a look at outcomes are detrimental. In any other case, they should be quarantined and return to the UK after they get well.
“The group of Chinese language residents … have to have a detrimental PCR take a look at with the intention to proceed their journey. The matter is presently being dealt with by Copenhagen Airport and the flight firm, and additional questions needs to be directed to them,” Copenhagen Police instructed the PIE.
However Copenhagen airport stated, “It’s the police and the Danish well being authorities, that has the authority within the airport – additionally with regards to passports and identification.”
In a letter despatched to the Chinese language embassy in Denmark, the stranded Chinese language residents demanded an official apology from the airport physician with a refund of £440 for the PCR and IgM antibody assessments that had been carried out. Additionally they requested to redo the assessments free of charge with legitimate official reviews to be offered.
The Chinese language embassy introduced provides together with toothbrushes, blankets, and face masks to the stranded college students however many selected to not use the washbasin to minimise the prospect of being contaminated with Covid. The negotiations between the a number of events are nonetheless ongoing with the answer hanging within the air.
Neither the Chinese language embassy nor the clinic airport physician has responded to the request for feedback by the point the article is printed.