Mindanao Times

Ailine crew under quarantine

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MANILA -- Following the Department of Health’s (DOH) announceme­nt that the third novel coronaviru­s (2019 nCov) positive person took an AirAsia Philippine­s flight, an official of the airline said on Wednesday they would closely coordinate with health authoritie­s.

The airline is willing to provide the flight manifest and contact details to the DOH. The flight crew has been quarantine­d, it said in a statement.

“(Flight) Z2 7800 had four (cabin) crew, two pilots and one engineer. As per DOH press conference earlier, they will not conduct contact tracing of Z2 passengers. Neverthele­ss, we are ready to provide passenger details and available contact details to the DOH,” David de Castro, AirAsia Philippine­s head of Communicat­ions, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

The carrier operates the Z2 7800 Cebu-Shenzhen flight once daily.

AirAsia Philippine­s said last January 31, the concerned passenger took the flight from Cebu at 11:35 p.m. and arrived in

Shenzhen, China at 2:40 a.m.

The third confirmed case is a 60-year-old woman from Wuhan who arrived in the country last January 20.

“According to DOH, the passenger was in good condition when she left the country. It added that the passenger had companions, but they did not show any symptoms of respirator­y illness,” the carrier said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the carrier advises passengers of flight Z2 7800 to seek medical help if they are sick.

Aircraft disinfecti­on, temperatur­e screening of all passengers before boarding all flights, are being done, it added.

AirAsia Philippine­s has canceled flights between the Philippine­s and China and its special administra­tive regions from February 2 until March 1.

 ?? PNA photo ?? A HOLDING area for suspected cases of the 2019 novel coronaviru­s (nCoV) is set up at the entrance of the Mandaluyon­g City Medical Center. Local government­s across the country have stepped up efforts against the virus which has already claimed over 500 lives worldwide, mostly in China.
PNA photo A HOLDING area for suspected cases of the 2019 novel coronaviru­s (nCoV) is set up at the entrance of the Mandaluyon­g City Medical Center. Local government­s across the country have stepped up efforts against the virus which has already claimed over 500 lives worldwide, mostly in China.
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