(CMR) A former Miss Great Britain and her boyfriend were arrested on Wednesday in Barbados as they tried to flee the island after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Zara Holland, a former star on Britain program Love Island, and Elliot Love were arrested as they attempted to board a British Airways flight at the Grantley Adams International Airport.
The two were tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to the island and told to stay in their hotel room until test results were returned.
Love's result returned positive. The couple was told they would be moved to a quarantine facility; however, before they could be moved, they cut off wrist bands that identified them as quarantining guests and left the hotel. They took a taxi to the airport and attempted to flee the island.
Staff at the airport who came in contact with the couple were placed in quarantine.
Breaching quarantine in Barbados carries a maximum fine of $50,000 [£18,000], or imprisonment for up to a year or both.
Earlier this week, a Jamaican was sentenced to six months for breaching quarantine.
Meantime, Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced on New Year's Eve that there would be increased restrictions following 10 new cases, five of which were local transmission.
A curfew from midnight to 5 a.m will run from December 31 to January 14.
January 4 and 5 have been declared public holidays to allow officials to carry out contact tracing effectively. The reopening of schools has also been deferred to January 14.
Five of the local transmissions were prison officers; as a result, everyone at the prison, including inmates and employees were to be tested over 48 hours.