London coronavirus: Two British Airways baggage handlers at Heathrow Airport test positive #COVID19 #nCoV2019 #coronavirus #London #UK #HeathrowAirport #BritishAirways
Public Health England has confirmed that two members of British Airways staff have tested positive for coronavirus .
The airline has confirmed to MyLondon that the staff members are baggage handlers, not cabin crew as has been reported on social media.
This news comes as the second person in the UK has died from the virus.
BA has confirmed that the baggage handlers, who are in self-isolation, work at Heathrow Airport.
British Airways said in a statement: “Public Health England has confirmed that two members of our staff, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
“The colleagues have been isolated and are recovering at home.”
While there are now 116 cases in the country, London has the most confirmed cases of any region, with 25 patients confirmed as testing positive for the viral infection.
Meanwhile more than 18,000 tests have been carried out for coronavirus including many on those who have travelled recently to affected regions, such as China, South Korea and Italy.
Courtesy of mylondon.news
Coronavirus: Confirmed case in Hong Kong ‘had been working in the UK’ #coronavirus #COVID19 #emergency #UK #HongKong #CathayPacific
A man who has tested positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong, flew from London on Thursday after working in the UK, according to local reports.
The news site Caixin reported that a 35-year-old man who had been working in the UK flew from London to Hong Kong on 27 February and arrived at noon on 28 February.
He then took a ferry to Shekou, near Shenzhen and then drove to Shenzen, it reported. On Saturday he developed symptoms of a cough and fever and went to the hospital where he was confirmed positive for the virus, it said.
He is being treated in isolation in a hospital in Shenzhen. According to documents seen by Caixin, health authorities in Shenzhen notified provincial officials in Guangdong as well as health authorities in Hong Kong on Sunday. 1.
The public broadcaster RTHK reported that the Centre for Health Protection is appealing to anyone who travelled business class on Cathay Pacific flight CX250 from London to Hong Kong on Friday to get in touch. It said it had received notice from Guangdong authorities that a passenger on that flight was confirmed to have Covid-19.
Courtesy of Lily Kuo: theguardian.com
Coronavirus Heathrow Airport alert: United Airlines quarantined – ‘Passenger isolated’ #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #coronavirus #uk #wuhan #china #emergency #epidemic #London #HeathrowAirport #plane #UnitedAirlines #quarantine
PASSENGERS travelling from San Francisco to London’s Heathrow airport have been told they are not allowed to leave their aircraft as someone on board is suspected of having coronavirus.
The plane, believed to be United Airlines plane – flight 901, was held at Heathrow Airport this morning after landing at Terminal 2.
The captain then announced that someone on board was suspected to have the virus, formally known as COVID-19, and no one was allowed to leave the plane.
The person has been isolated at the back of the plane, according to passengers on board the aircraft.
One person wrote on Twitter: “United flight 901 from San Francisco being held on apron at Heathrow with a suspected case of coronavirus onboard. We’re being held on the plane as there are seven other flights with suspected cases on board.”
A second person said: Just landed at Heathrow T2 and captain has announced that someone on the plane has suspected #coronavirus. Noone allowed to leave the plane! waiting for doctor confirmation expected either way. Person isolated at the back of the plane.”
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Coronavirus latest: Fifth suspected case feared in UK as patient rushed to hospital #coronavirus #china #wuhan #uk
A MAN has been rushed to hospital in the UK after becoming the fifth patient suspected to have contracted the killer Chinese coronavirus.
The man, who is yet to be identified, displayed signs of the virus when he flew home to Belfast, Northern Ireland, from Wuhan, China. He has high temperature and was put into isolation initially by members of the public upon landing back in the UK. Four others in Ireland and Scotland have since shown signs of the deadly virus that has killed 17 people in China.
Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency said in a statement that medics are “keeping abreast of the changing situation around the Wuhan novel Coronavirus, and is liaising with partners across the UK including Public Health England and our local Health Trusts on this issue”.
It comes as the deadly virus is rapidly sweeping across China, infecting more than 630, and has spread to other Asian countries and the US.
Three Chinese cities – Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou – have been put on lockdown and massive Lunar New Year celebrations in the capital have been cancelled as authorities dash to contain the mysterious pneumonia-like virus.
Panic has quickly set in among residents of Wuhan, the city where coronavirus was first detected, after authorities ordered a halt to public transport and gatherings.
Cases of the flu-like virus have been confirmed in Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Japan and the United States.
Today, Chinese state television reported the official number of those infected had reached 634.
British officials are monitoring inbound flights from China as a precautionary measure and Health Secretary Matt Hancock has reassured Britons.
He is consulting England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty.
Yesterday, the Department of Health said direct flights from Wuhan to Heathrow will be met in an isolated part of Terminal 4 where a health team will be waiting to screen for any symptoms.
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#BubonicPlague outbreak sees medics board #plane and #quarantine #passengers who flew from #Mongolian region
This is the alarming moment that paramedics in hazmat suits were forced to board a plane in Mongolia amid fears of a bubonic plague outbreak.
Emergency workers intercepted the domestic flight at the airport in the capital Ulaanbaatar, after a husband and wife died of the contagious disease in the region where the flight originated.
According to reports they had eaten contaminated meat from a marmot, a large squirrel.
Eleven passengers from the west of the country were held at the airport and sent immediately for hospital checks while others were examined at the airport.
Alarming: Paramedics wearing hazmat suits board a flight in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar
Paramedics in anti-contamination suits boarded the flight from provincial outposts Bayan, Ulgii and Khovd as soon as it landed.
Some 158 people have been put under intensive medical supervision in Bayan-Ulgii province after coming into contact directly or indirectly with the couple who died.
Some frontier check points with Russia are reported to have been closed leading to foreign tourists being stranded in Mongolia.
A man named Citizen T, aged 38, died on April 27 after hunting and eating marmot meat.
His pregnant wife, 37, died three days later, reported The Siberian Times, leaving their four children orphaned.
Top medic Dr N. Tsogbadrakh said the plague had ‘affected the man’s stomach’ after he ate the meat and gave it to his wife.
The bubonic plague can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time, according to the World Health Organisation.
It is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is usually found in small mammals and their fleas.
The bacterium was linked to the Black Death which wiped out more than a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century and to subsequent plague outbreaks.
The disease is now treatable with antibiotics but hundreds of people have died of it around the world in recent years.
Since the 1990s, most human cases have occurred in Africa, according to world health bosses.
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