Entire Toronto-bound flight flagged for COVID-19 exposure

Jan 22 2021, 8:10 am

An entire Toronto-bound flight has been flagged for potential COVID-19 exposure.

According to the Government of Canada’s list of travel-induced exposures, “all rows” of Air/Canada Rouge flight 1803 may have been exposed to the virus.

The flight travelled from Kingston, Jamaica, to Toronto’s Pearson Airport on January 15.

A row is considered to be “affected” if it is within three rows of a seated person who tests positive for COVID-19 and may have been infectious at the time of the flight.

The government notes that “all rows” of a flight may be deemed affected if multiple virus cases are confirmed and are spread out across the aircraft.

This is the fourth Canadian flight in recent days to flag the entire plane for potential exposure. The other three flights travelled from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

“If you have recently returned to Canada, you must quarantine for 14 days from the date you arrived in Canada,” the website says. “This is mandatory, whether or not you have symptoms.”

The Canadian government is currently advising citizens and permanent residents to avoid all non-essential travel outside of the country “until further notice” to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

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