Italian students stuck in Dubai: 200 are positive
05 August 2021 All the children stranded in Dubai due to a Covid outbreak that broke out during a study holiday have returned to Italy and are doing well.
This was announced by the British Academy, a language school and tour operator.
The emergency is over, the kids are fine, their health “has always been under control and never worrying,” it said in a press release.
The boys – about three hundred between 15 and 18 years of age – had left for Dubai between the end of June and the beginning of July. They should have returned after two weeks but a few days before the departure for Italy in eleven, then many more results, they had been found positive at Covid. The safety protocol was therefore activated, which involves molecular buffer and immediate isolation, until the outcome of the results. The authorities of the United Arab Emirates then decided that they would all return together: even the negatives therefore had to wait for the recovery of the others.
The Academy stresses that “extraordinary work has been done at a time of great global emergency and pandemic”. From the beginning, the tour operator’s priority has been “to provide assistance, including psychological assistance, to children and their families who for years have entrusted their children’s study trips to our organization”.
The company reiterates that “all health procedures have been undertaken by the local authorities in full cooperation with the Italian embassy and consulate. The latter have decided to keep the entire group, including positive and negative, under observation for ten days. Decisions on the mode of quarantine, of the movements and relocation of the structures has always been the responsibility of the health authorities of the United Arab Emirates “.
“We would like to underline – says Antonietta Ricciardi, director of the Academy – that to manage the emergency we have constantly worked in full harmony with Italian institutions, in particular with the Foreign Ministry, always giving priority to the health and safety of children. . Right from the start – explains Ricciardi – we made our staff available on site who worked with the embassy and consulate by setting up a medical-nursing center available 24 hours a day to provide any kind of assistance necessary. Finally, and not least, we have didactic activities ensured and implemented, so as to lighten the quarantine period for children “.