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March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19: Two Heathrow baggage handlers test positive

Two British Airways baggage handlers working at London Heathrow Airport, UK, have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus.

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Two British Airways baggage handlers working at London Heathrow Airport, UK, have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus.

According to Bloomberg, British Airways parent company IAG said in an email that the affected people are under isolation in their homes.

The company is now testing its other Heathrow workers for the coronavirus.

In a separate email, an official from Heathrow said: “The welfare of our passengers and colleagues is our top priority.”

A team from Public Health England is now in place at the airport to tackle any Covid-19 situations that may arise.

In addition, British Airways has cancelled its flights to China until April and has also cut journeys to Europe, Japan and South Korea.

Last month, London Heathrow Airport announced plans to ‘deep clean’ its terminals in order to limit the spread of Covid-19 at the airport.

If directed by health authorities, the airport will also conduct passenger temperature monitoring.

The Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel hotel at London Heathrow was block-booked to serve as a potential quarantine zone for people entering the UK with Covid-19 symptoms.

The UK Department of Health said that the hotel will be closed for as long as needed and will be used for the coronavirus patients at least until March.

The epidemic has so far killed more than 3,800 people and infected more than 110,000 people around the world.

The UK has confirmed 280 Covid-19 cases in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. The country has also reported three deaths due to the disease.

In other news, India’s Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi has planned to separate the baggage claim belts for 12 countries heavily affected by coronavirus.

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