Coronavirus News: Punjab Health Ministry announced that the two pilots of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have tested positive with COVID-19. Both pilots and the other 3 staff members had returned from Toronto.
Upon their arrival at Lahore Airport, the routine checkup of the crew was conducted. Both pilots tested positive and shifted to a private hospital for appropriate treatment.
The other three staff members, who tested negative, have been instructed to go into isolation for 14 days period as a precautionary measure.
It is noted that, As per SOP’s of WHO, Pakistan screened all the passengers and the crew members at their arrival and administrated them according to their condition.
Pakistan sent two flights to Canada at the request of the Canadian government. The pilots from Lahore were infected, Luckily crew from Karachi’s flight tests negative.
Sources have affirmed that the pilots were part of the PIA’s special carrier flights and returned from Canada with a trapped Pakistani immigrant.
The plane reached Canada on April 1st but got stuck there for five days. The entire crew of the plane was unable to return to Pakistan amid the suspension of flights due to a global coronavirus outbreak.
After this news, all PIA pilots refused to fly without any safety Kits and other precautionary measures.
While talking to media the spokesperson of PIA said:
“They have agreed to the demands of pilots for Safety Kits.”
Further, as per safety measures,
“The management decides that medical suits, gloves, N95 masks will be supplied to pilots. Besides this, spray sterilization will be done three times before the flight.”
So far, Punjab is leading with the most cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan. The toll reaches to 1,684 following 15 deaths.