Air New Zealand confirmed a case of the new coronavirus on a February 25 flight from Singapore to Auckland on Wednesday.
“The customer traveled from Singapore to Auckland on flight NZ283 on February 25, then flew from Auckland to Palmerston North on flight NZ5103 on March 2, returning to Auckland on NZ8114 on the same day,” the airline said in a travel notice published on the website.
“We are working closely with the Ministry of Health and government agencies to proactively identify and contact customers who have traveled with the Singapore service and the two regional flights.”
The patient was returning from a holiday in northern Italy – which saw a spike in infections – and was isolated at home, according to New Zealand media.
Air New Zealand Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ben Johnston said the airline had anticipated and planned the scenario and had a solid process to manage its response, according to Airlineratings.com, a safety and security review website. evaluation of airline products.
“The health and safety of passengers and crew is Air New Zealand’s top priority and our planes are already undergoing a thorough cleaning process, which includes cleaning surfaces such as tray tables and entertainment screens in I fly with a disinfectant that kills viruses.
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“We also remove all the headphones, the headrests, the covers of the cushions and the blankets after each international flight. The surfaces of the domestic and regional services and the bathrooms are cleaned with disinfectant spray.
“The three aircraft on which this client flew will now also undergo a thorough cleaning.”
Singapore said Tuesday that it will begin to ban travelers from northern Italy, South Korea and Iran from entering or passing through Singapore – three countries that have recorded the most coronavirus cases outside the UK. Mainland China – in the past 14 days from 11:59 pm Wednesday, as the Republic accelerates its fight against the spread of the virus.
The Ministry of Health stated that northern Italy refers to eight administrative regions: Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige / Südtirol.
As of 8.20 on Wednesday, there are 5,186 cases and 34 deaths in South Korea, 2,502 cases and 79 deaths in Italy and 2,336 cases and 77 deaths in Iran, according to the Worldometer website on monitoring coronavirus outbreaks.
To date Singapore has reported 110 deathless cases. New Zealand has a confirmed case.
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