At least 26 flights arrived in Canada with COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks

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TORONTO – In the past two weeks – the 14-day window considered by scientists to be the COVID-19 incubation period – at least 26 flights have arrived at Canadian airports with confirmed cases of viruses on board. According to the federal government, cases of COVID-19 have been reported among passengers on 10 domestic flights and 16 international flights since June 29. It indicates that the list is not exhaustive and is based on information from “provincial and territorial health authorities, international health authorities and public websites. ”

The affected international flights arrived at Canadian airports in Mexico City, Cancun, Zurich, Paris, Addis Ababa, Islamabad, Lahore, Qatar, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Dallas, Detroit and three flights from Charlotte, NC

Health officials in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are warning passengers of 11 flights to these provinces in the past two weeks that other passengers have since tested positive for COVID-19.

Manitoba health officials said Tuesday that one of five new positive cases in the province was a passenger on WestJet flight 261 from Winnipeg to Calgary on June 27 and WestJet flight 526 from Calgary to Winnipeg on July 2.

Officials stated that those who were seated in rows 7 to 22 on the flight from Winnipeg to Calgary and rows 4 to 10 on the flight from Calgary to Winnipeg are considered close contacts of the infected passenger. They must isolate themselves for 14 days after the flight and watch for symptoms.

Those who are not seated in the affected rows should isolate themselves if they develop symptoms of COVID-19: fever / chills, cough, headache, muscle pain, sore throat or hoarse, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss taste or smell, unusual tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite or skin lesions or rashes with no clear cause.

Saskatchewan has reported five flights since June 11 and two in the past two weeks: WestJet flight 296 from Calgary to Regina on July 6 (no information on affected routes is available) and July 4: Air Canada 7947 from Toronto to Regina, lines 14 to 20.

Health officials in British Columbia report that four affected flights have landed in Vancouver in the past two weeks.

These are: Air Canada 8421 from Kelowna on July 6; Air Canada 311 from Montreal on July 8; American Airlines 1270 from Dallas on July 6; and, United Airlines 375 from San Francisco on July 7. The lines concerned are not listed for any of these flights.

Since the beginning of March, Manitoba has maintained a continuous count of affected flights, which includes 43 domestic and international flights departing from or landing at a Canadian airport where one or more passengers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces do not specifically publish information on flights affected by COVID-19.

On July 8, the Nova Scotia Health Authority warned of a potential exposure to an Air Canada flight (AC 626) on June 26 from Toronto to Halifax.

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