Passenger on IndiGo flight tests corona positive after India resumes domestic services
- A Monitor Desk Report 28 May, 2020 | 789 Views|-+
Dhaka: IndiGo on May 26 announced a passenger on its Chennai-Coimbatore flight on May 25 has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the airline has grounded the crew members that operated the flight for 14 days.
The development assumes significance as this is possibly the first case of a passenger onboard being infected by coronavirus after domestic flights resumed services on May 25.
“We received confirmation from the Coimbatore airport doctor that a passenger who travelled on 6E 381 from Chennai to Coimbatore on May 25 evening, has tested positive for COVID-19,” the airline said in a statement.
“He was seated on-board the aircraft with all precautionary measures including face mask, face shield and gloves, as were the other passengers. Additionally, no one else was seated in his vicinity, significantly reducing the possibility of transmission,” the airline said.
The passenger is currently quarantined at ESI state medical facility at Coimbatore.
As per the guidelines, the IndiGo aircraft are regularly sanitised as a standard operating procedure, and the aircraft operating this flight was also immediately disinfected as per the protocol.
“The operating crew has been grounded for 14 days and we are in the process of notifying other passengers as per the government guidelines, to ensure safety of our passengers and staff,” the airline said.