CAL crew self-quarantine after Guyanese COVID-19 case linked to flight
Created : 12 March 2020
A Caribbean Airlines flight crew was placed under self-quarantine after a passenger who died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was found to have travelled with the airline from New York to Guyana via Trinidad and Tobago.
In a statement issued Thursday, CAL said the passenger, Ratna Baboolall, travelled on March 7, 2020 on flight BW 521 from the John F Kennedy International Airport to Piarco International Airport, then on flight BW 526 to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana.
Baboolall tested positive for the disease at a public health facility.
CAL said as a result 13 crew members associated with the flights were placed on self-quarantine for 14 days as per protocols outlined by Public Health Authorities.
The company said the employees will be assessed and monitored by the Public Health Authorities in keeping with the directives from the Ministry of Health.
CAL said the Public Health Authorities are also contacting all persons who may possibly have been affected.
“Caribbean Airlines assures all stakeholders that the safety, security and good health of its customers and employees is its highest priority and when the information on the passenger was received, immediate action was taken.”
“The company’s aircraft are cleaned daily at all ports in keeping with industry standards. Further, in this instance additional sanitization processes were used as outlined by the regulatory authorities,” CAL said.
The airline said it remains in close contact with the Public Health Authorities and its operations team has activated contingencies for any impact on its flights.
“Caribbean Airlines assures all stakeholders that it continues to actively monitor and respond to the evolving COVID-19 issue to ensure the safety and good health of its customers and employees.”
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