A report from the federal government has confirmed COVID-19 cases among passengers on 10 domestic flights and 16 international flights since June 29. The affected international flights arrived in Canadian airports from Addis Ababa, Mexico City, Paris, Islamabad, Lahore, Cancun, Zurich, Qatar, Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and three flights from Charlotte, N.C.
Health officials from Manitoba said on Tuesday that one of five new positive cases in the province was a passenger on WestJet flight 261 from Winnipeg to Calgary on June 27 and on WestJet flight 526 from Calgary to Winnipeg on July 2. The close contacts of the infected passenger, the passengers who sat in rows 7 to 22 on the Winnipeg to Calgary flight and rows 4 to 10 on the Calgary to Winnipeg flight, have been directed to self-isolate for 14 days. Also, those not sitting in the affected rows have been advised to self-isolate if they develop any symptoms of the virus.
Since the beginning of March, Manitoba has kept a running tally of affected flights that include 43 domestic and international flights either departing from or landing at a Canadian airport that has had one or more passengers test positive for COVID-19. Four affected flights have landed in Vancouver in the last two weeks. They include Air Canada 8421 from Kelowna on July 6; Air Canada 311 from Montreal on July 8; American Airlines 1270 from Dallas on July 6; and, United Airlines 375 from San Francisco on July 7. Affected rows are not listed for any of these flights.