Just recently, airline Cebu Pacific issued a statement regarding a passenger who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It can be recalled that the Department of Health recently confirmed the first case of the 2019 nCoV in the country involving a 38-year-old woman from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Moreover, in a press conference, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III confirmed that the first nCoV case arrived in the Philippines from Wuhan via Hong Kong last January 21.
“Cebu Pacific is working closely with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) on the necessary actions after the identification of the 38-year old Chinese female passenger confirmed to be positive with the Novel Coronavirus (NCoV) who took Cebu Pacific flights last January 21, 2020.
We are in the process of contacting passengers seated in the vicinity of the positive NCoV patient and are taking the necessary precautions to inform them so they can have themselves checked in case they show flu-like symptoms. The cabin crew and pilots on affected flights have also been informed and show no symptoms of illness. The aircraft used for both flights have been pulled-out of the line and are undergoing thorough disinfection.”
Moreover, the airline will be implementing preventive measures as enumerated in their statement: “To reduce the risk of infection across all of our flights, we are implementing preventive measures.” This includes the following:
Cleaning and disinfection of aircraft in between flights
- Wearing of face masks by our employees, frontline personnel and cabin crew while on duty
- Providing face masks to passengers who show symptoms of illness
- Isolation of passengers manifesting symptoms of illness in empty rows inside the aircraft during flight
- Coordination with health authorities in case there are passengers suspected of NCoV contamination for immediate turn-over and further observation.
Moreover, Cebu Pacific has reduced the flights between the Philippines, mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau from February 3 to March 29, 2020 in light of the situation. Passengers who wish to check the status of their flights may do so through the Manage Booking portal in the Cebu Pacific website, https://book.cebupacificair.com/Manage/Retrieve/.