CebPac discloses flight nos. of plane boarded by n-CoV-positive Sino couple; pilots, cabin crew under quarantine
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Pacific has placed on quarantine the cabin crew and pilots of the flights boarded by the Chinese couple who tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019 -nCoV).
This developed after health officials confirmed that the second case of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) in the country had died due to complications related to the disease.
In a press statement issued on February 2, the country’s largest budget carrier also disclosed they already identified the flight numbers, and are now contacting the passengers of flights 5J 241 (Hong Kong-Cebu), and DG 6519 (Cebu-Dumaguete).
Cebu Pacific said it is “working closely with the Department of Health and its attached agencies, the Bureau of Quarantine and the National Epidemiology Center to contact all passengers aboard the same flights taken by the patients who tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (NCoV).”
The airline is also requesting passengers of both flights to contact Cebu Pacific via +632 87020886 (7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Manila time)
“We also advise them to seek immediate medical attention if they have flu-like symptoms such as coughing, colds and fever,” it added.
DOH has confirmed that a 38-year-old Chinese female, and her 44-year-old male companion, were confined in San Lazaro Hospital. Both are from Wuhan City, and became the first confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV ARD in the Philippines.
They boarded Cebu Pacific flights on their way to Cebu from Hong Kong, and then from Cebu to Dumaguete City. From Dumaguete, the two boarded a Philippine Airlines flight bound for Manila, where the couple was diagnosed.
The 44-year-old male, however, died on February 2 — or eight days after he was admitted. He was the first 2019-nCov-related death reported outside China. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the victim had pneumonia.
Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia have announced they are canceling flights to and from China after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to expand travel restrictions that ultimately includes regions outside Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak./dbs
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