World All pilots from a quarantine airline after discovering a cluster

14:15  12 may  2021
14:15  12 may  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Tous les pilotes d'une compagnie aérienne en quarantaine après la découverte d'un cluster © Michael Dunning All drivers of a quarantine airline after the discovery of a cluster the largest carrier of Taiwan, China Airlines said Tuesday, May 11, that the quarantine of its pilots should affect more than 10% of its freight capacity.

Due to a new epidemic wave in Taiwan, involving pilots from China Airlines, the authorities announced Monday 10 May the quarantine for 14 days of all pilots of the airline, report Reuters and simple Flying . A decision that will impact passengers, crew and all operations by China Airlines, including freight.

Due to its proximity to China, Taiwan experienced its first case of virus in early January 2020. Since then, the island recorded only 12 deaths. The small number of deaths is due to the rapid and efficient implementation of public health measures, including social distancing, quarantine and the wearing of the mandatory mask. Unfortunately, in recent weeks, an epidemic outbreak has been observed, especially in pilots from China Airlines who have stayed at the same hotel, near the airport, or 35 contaminations have been counted. As a result, Taiwan decided to place all the pilots of the airline for two weeks in quarantine.

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The health authorities of Taiwan are well aware of the massive impact that this decision will have on the operations of China Airlines. "This will have a significant impact on China Airlines, passengers and cargo flights, as well as on the crew. But for the safety of the whole community, we must make this decision," said the Minister of Health Chen Shih-Chung, cited by Reuters.

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The pilots will only be released from quarantine only after two weeks and after receiving a negative test result. In addition to the impact on the number of flights to and from Taiwan, a delay of at least two weeks in the transport of goods is to be expected. China Airlines being the main airline for freight operations. "At the moment, the initial estimate is that more than 10% of the cargo capacity will be affected, and the calendar is still being adjusted," said the company indicated in a statement. To limit the consequences, China Airlines announced that it would divide its pilots into two groups to prevent all from being quarantined at the same time.

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