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Seven additional flights flagged for possible COVID-19 exposure

Three domestic and four international flights were added to BCCDC’s flight exposure list between Dec. 17 and 26.
Flights from the UK to Canada have been banned for 72 hours due to fears over an apparent new strain of coronavirus. Richmond News file photo

The BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC) has updated their list of public COVID-19 exposures with seven more flights.

According to the BCCDC website, alerts were issued for international and domestic flights in December.

The added flights are:

  • Dec. 17: Swoop flight WO106, from Abbotsford to Hamilton (affected rows: 19 to 25)
  • Dec. 19: Air Canada flight 63, from Vancouver to Seoul (affected rows: 25 to 30)
  • Dec. 21: Air Canada flight 8574, from Vancouver to Saskatoon (affected rows: 17 to 23)
  • Dec. 23: Air Canada flight 8737, from Saskatoon to Vancouver (affected rows: 17 to 23)
  • Dec. 25: Air Canada flight 45, from Delhi to Vancouver (affected rows: one to seven)
  • Dec. 25: Air India flight 185, from Delhi to Vancouver (affected rows not reported)
  • Dec. 26: Air Canada flight 3, from Vancouver to Tokyo (affected rows: 30 to 36)

Passengers seated in the affected rows “should be considered to be at higher risk of exposure due to their proximity to the case,” reads BCCDC’s website.

BCCDC is asking all domestic flight passengers to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days if they were on a flight with a confirmed case of the COVID-19 as it will no longer be directly notifying passengers seated near a case of the virus.

Travellers arriving in B.C. from outside of Canada are required to complete the federal ArriveCAN application  digitally before entering Canada and must self-isolate for 14 days and monitored for symptoms upon their arrival under the federal Quarantine Act.

The Government of Canada currently states that travel outside of the country should be avoided until further notice due to the pandemic.

A travel advisory from the government also notes that “This advisory overrides other risk levels on this page, with the exception of any risk levels for countries or regions where we advise to avoid all travel."

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