Potential coronavirus exposure identified on multiple Vancouver flights

Aug 18 2020, 11:51 am

Multiple flights out of Vancouver with potential exposure to COVID-19 have been detected by health authorities.

Four domestic flights between British Columbia and Alberta were identified by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

The earliest flight, which dates back to August 2, is Swoop flight 202 from Abbotsford to Edmonton — specifically rows one to four. One day later, on August 3, Flair flight 8101 was identified from Vancouver to Calgary, with rows 20 to 26 being at the highest risk of exposure.

A pair of WestJet flights were also identified. The first was WestJet flight 123 on August 8 between Vancouver and Calgary (rows 25 to 30); the second was WestJet flight 171 on August 9 from Edmonton to Vancouver (rows 23 to 29).

Several international flights were also identified by the Government of Canada.

On August 5, Lufthansa flight 492 landed in Vancouver from Frankfurt, with rows 19 to 25 being at high risk. Additionally, on August 9, Air India flight 1143 landed in Vancouver from Delhi.

The BCCDC says that anyone who was on a flight that included a coronavirus case should “self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.”

Common coronavirus symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, and gastrointestinal issues.

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