EVA Air confirms carrying COVID-19 passengers (update) - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) EVA Airways confirmed on Wednesday that it carried two passengers infected with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) earlier this month.

One of the cases took flight BR10 from Taoyuan to Vancouver on March 7, according to the airline, but the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) later said the person only transited through Taiwan.

The passenger was flying from the Iranian capital of Tehran to Malaysia, and then transited through Taoyuan International Airport on their ways to Vancouver, said CECC official Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥).

It means the passenger was not infected in Taiwan, according to the CECC.

The Taiwan-based airline said it was informed by Canadian health authorities that one of the passengers it carried on the flight was diagnosed with the disease.

After receiving the notification, the airline disinfected the aircraft and gave the 12 cabin crew on the flight two weeks of paid leave so they could quarantine themselves at home through March 21.

Meanwhile, EVA Air said it was informed by Vietnamese health authorities that it had carried another passenger infected with COVID-19 on its flight BR395 from Taoyuan to Ho Chi Minh City on March 16.

The carrier said it will take necessary procedures to address the situation.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)