A group of Liverpool fans have been told to ‘self isolate’ after travelling through northern Italy on the way home from last week’s Champions League tie in Madrid.
The deadly coronavirus crisis is causing serious concern in Italy after an outbreak in the northern part of country.
More than 280 people have tested positive for the highly contagious illness in Italy, making it the hardest hit nation in Europe. There have been seven deaths.
According to the Liverpool Echo , some fans travelled home via Milan Bergamo Airport, which is in one of the regions worst affected by the recent outbreak.
It is understood that the supporters, who were on their way back from watching their team lose 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the first-leg last-16 tie, also had their temperature tested for fever at the airport.
It comes as travellers returning to the UK from northern Italy were told they may need to self-isolate as part of measures to stop the spread of the Covid-19 disease caused by coronavirus.
Symptoms of Covid-19 include a cough, fever and shortness of breath.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said official advice has been changed to say that those who have been to anywhere in Italy north of Pisa should self-isolate if they develop flu-like symptoms on their return to the UK.
Britons who have been in locked down regions of Italy – including Lombardy and Veneto – should self-isolate at home for 14 days even if they have no symptoms.
A fan, who didn’t want to be named, told the Echo: “I travelled home from Madrid to Milan Bergamo airport and when we got off the plane we were all tested for our fever and stuff which was the first sign that something was a bit weird.
“But because we had five hours until our next flight, we decided to go into the centre of Bergamo for something to eat and a few drinks.
“After we got checked into the airport we were told nothing and then a few days ago it started breaking on the news about the outbreak in northern Italy.
“Then today I was sent home. But I feel fine.
“I rang the NHS 111 number and they said to self isolate for a period of time and if you don’t have any symptoms that you will be fine to return to work.
“Personally, I feel fine like but I think it is the fear for other people I work with and though I didn’t want to go home it makes sense.
“We travelled through Bergamo on the 19th. The first date they have suggested for self isolation.”