China to Suspend International Flights if Multiple Passengers Test Positive for Coronavirus

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China announced on Wednesday that it will suspend international flights if five people on board test positive for the coronavirus when they land.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement that new rules dictate that if five or more people on board a flight test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in China, the airline company will be banned from flying that route for two weeks.

If 10 or more people test positive for the virus upon arrival in China, the airline will face a four-week suspension. Once the suspension is lifted, airlines will be allowed to fly the route once per week.

Wednesday’s new rules take immediate effect and show an increase in restrictions in China. Previously, airlines were given a one-week suspension if at least five people tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials on Tuesday issued one-week suspensions to routes on Ethiopian Airlines, the Russian airline Pegas Fly and Swiss International Air Lines, CNN reported.

Health officials report more than 94,619 cases of COVID-19 in China, where the pandemic originated, and more than 4,750 deaths.

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