Additional flights leaving from and landing in Montreal have been added to the Government of Canada’s possible COVID-19 exposure list.
Since December 2, 11 new flights have been added.
According to the Government of Canada, passengers on 18 international flights touched down or departed from Montreal since November 25 could have led to exposure.
In terms of domestic flights that departed from Montreal or landed at YUL, 13 flights could have led to virus exposure since the last week of November.
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Most recently, an international flight from London (flight AC865) touched down in Montreal on Sunday. Other potential international exposures came in from Newark, Doha, Cancun, Istanbul, Punta Cana, Casablanca, Paris, and Chicago.
The affected rows have been identified for all international flights except from a December 2 flight from Doha.
Domestically, flights departing from or landing in Montreal have come from Saint John, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Quebec City, and St. John’s.
The information is collected through provincial, territorial, and international health authorities and public websites. Flights are added and removed regularly by the Government of Canada on its website.
Travellers are reminded that they are to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry into Canada. “This is mandatory, whether or not you have symptoms,” the government states.
In November, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, said there have been “very few reports” of COVID-19 spreading on board airplanes. She says it’s “extremely rare,” and as doctors and scientists learn more about the ventilation on modern aircrafts, they are not as hospitable to the virus as previously thought.
“There’s been very few reports, extremely rare reports actually, of transmission aboard aircrafts,” Tam said. “The modern aircraft is actually really good in terms of air exchanges and the way that airflow occurs in the cabin.”
Tam also said that procedures such as mandatory mask-wearing and proper physical distancing would help limit the spread of COVID-19.