The novel coronavirus outbreak has killed nearly 1,500 people in China, and countries all over the world have been following quarantine procedures to ensure the virus is contained. With most airlines stopping flights to the affected country, SpiceJet on Friday announced that it would be suspending Delhi-Hong Kong flights from February 16 to 29. Also Read - Third Indian Tests Positive For Coronavirus on Board Quarantined Diamond Princess Ship Off Cost Japan
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“SpiceJet has decided to temporarily suspend its daily Delhi-Hong Kong passenger flight from February 16th to 29th, 2020,” the budget carrier’s spokesperson stated. Also Read - Is China Underreporting Coronavirus Figures? 6 Health Workers Died, 1,716 Infected
A day earlier, a spokesperson for the airline had revealed that a passenger onboard a Bangkok-Delhi flight had to be quarantined after he was suspected of having contracted the novel coronavirus. The passenger was quarantined by the Airport Health Organisation after the plane landed at Delhi airport.
“On February 13, 2020, a passenger travelling on SpiceJet flight SG-88 operating between Bangkok and Delhi was suspected of Coronavirus infection,” the SpiceJet spokesperson said.
“He was seated on seat no. 31F and was the only passenger in that row. The said passenger, was quarantined by Airport Health Organisation (APHO) after landing in Delhi,” he added.