Two employees of British Airways have tested positive for coronavirus.
The employees, reported to be baggage handlers at London Heathrow Airport, take the total number of infected persons in the UK to 163.
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The airline has encouraged its staff to take unpaid leave as the disease keeps spreading around the globe.
“Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that two members of our staff, have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus,” British Airways said in a statement.
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“The welfare of our passengers and colleagues is our top priority. A dedicated team from Public Health England is in place at Heathrow to respond to any incidents.”
The airport is also cleaning surfaces and providing hand sanitisers to workers “to protect themselves and our passengers.”
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A spokesman for Public Health England said that Heathrow already has enhanced monitoring for certain flights and that while it won’t comment on individual cases, in any positive test the department conducts contact tracing, aimed at locating everyone the person has made contact with.