LIAT statement after passenger tested positive for COVID-19

Passengers boarding a LIAT aircraft

LIAT has been advised that a passenger who travelled on one of its services has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

At the time of travel, the passenger did not present any symptoms at check-in or onboard. The passenger tested positive several days later for the virus.

While the assessment from public health authorities is that the risk of exposure is low, LIAT has taken immediate measures to ensure the safety of all its stakeholders. In accordance with procedures and in consultation with the public health authorities, LIAT has taken the crew members from the flight off duty and they are currently in self-quarantine.

We have ensured that the aircraft was cleaned in keeping with global cleaning standards. In addition, we have taken the additional measure of having the aircraft deep cleaned and sanitized using processes outlined by the authorities and the aircraft
manufacturer.

LIAT has been in contact with the relevant public authorities and has complied with their request for information on the affected flight. This is in keeping with the standard protocol.

LIAT’s COVID-19 Project Team has been in contact with the various Health Authorities and Airports in our network and continues to monitor the situation closely.

LIAT will continue to work to ensure the safety of our customers and employees as this situation with COVID-19 evolves.

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15 Comments

  1. Lady S
    March 16, 2020

    Will the individuals who traveled on the same flight be informed?

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  2. The Truth Be Told
    March 16, 2020

    Does LIAT only service Dominica? This is the Caribbean airline and that could be Amy where but in your quest to speak negative against those you are against politically, hin ting is Dominica. Why do those things to sow fear in people. Before you talk loosely, first get your facts and not continue in gossip or hateful attitude. If there is any person in DA, we will always know. Stop this idea of wanting to hear what u want to hear instead of the truth. You will understand your attitude when u are confronted with what u have been sowing so long. When someone else will say something that is untrue about you, loved ones or family member. Stop this and hope that this do not come on our shores. Do u remember all those before including the recent ebola? Let us take all necessary precaution. Wish well for your country, people. Stop hate. Feel compassion for others including other races. We seem to think that everything is about me, myself and I and others are of lesser importance.

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  3. Ma Sen Joe
    March 16, 2020

    Now isn’t the time for political rhetoric, rather it’s a world pandemic. Show some empathy towards those who are frightened and facing uncertainty. The epedimic doesn’t know political affiliations as it seems to be ravaging the world.
    Thanks DNO for not instilling fear by publishing the political propaganda that’s circulating on the internet.

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    • Batibou River
      March 17, 2020

      Political rethoric?? Says a disciple of the master of political rethoric?? Sad creature…

    • March 17, 2020

      Dominica will grapple or sink saith the empty dictator but its not our dam business

  4. Ras B
    March 15, 2020

    This report was absolutely stupid!!! It said or did nothing but generate anxiety. Why was the involved flight kept a secret? Where did the passenger travel from and to where? Even if the report said nothing it creates room for speculation! Surely, DNO you should avoid publishing such folly, we expect better from you.

    What purpose is served with the secrecy? How do I know that my neighbour was not the involved passenger? How does this secret help to contain the disease? If you believe this helps the process, please explain? I am lost!!

    Is this why there has not been any reported case(s) from Dominica whilst all the islands around it has cases? You see what happened in China when they tried to keep this a secret! Mr PM DR. SKERRIT ALL OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE HAD THEIR PM AND MOH ADDRESS THE ISSUE EXCEPT OURS, WHAT GREAT LEADERSHIP FROM YOU SIR!! NO INCREASED AMOUNT OF FUNDS AIR MARKED FOR FIGHTING THE DISEASE, LORD HELP US. THE GREAT NEWS IS THAT THE VIRUS IS IMPARTIAL.

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  5. Lin clown
    March 15, 2020

    BWA BANDA,Liat has nothing to say to a CROOKED TRAITOR like you.You and your kind want to see Dominicans in a panic.Go join the UWP committee on COVID-19.That is where you will get all information.Ask BLESSINGS,MATT,LINTON and Mr.know it all FRANCISCO ETTIENNE-DODDS TELEMAQUE about COVID-19.He said it was CORONA VIRUS instead of CORONAVIRUS typical UWP.

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  6. Dr Clayton Shillingford
    March 15, 2020

    I agree with bwa banday that the public should be informed about the flight, where it originated and went so people can know level of risk What about the passengers on that flight?/ Have they been informed??

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    • Pipo
      March 17, 2020

      Clayton, Matt Peltier called Q yesterday morning and told us of a BA flight from London to Antigua that had a an infected person on board. Now, if you fly from London to Antigua to connect with Liat is not Barbados you going or St. lucia are you because you would fly there direct. Not even T&T or Grenada you would travel that way. But Dominica is one destination that have a same day connection from London with British Airways via Liat, so it is logical for people to speculate. It would be better for the authorities to be precise and if the flight was not going to Dominica say so.

  7. Bwa-Banday
    March 15, 2020

    This is BS if you ask me! This report reads like something in a Chinese communist newspaper. When was the flight taken? From where to where? What is the nationality of the passenger? Passengers from what nationality were affected? Are these secrets that cannot be shared? Which law in Dca prohibits this information in such critical time where information is needed to be published?

    You know, this is getting really ridiculous in Dca. The rumor of a Doctor’ husband having full blown COVID19 and being kept in SECRET isolation with the ministry of health and the PM staying moo moo is not helping either. If its fake news then tell us so because this is coming from the belly of the beast. The public needs to know the truth so we can all keep covid19 away. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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    • Obviously
      March 15, 2020

      Its people like you that spread fear and panic!
      The people need to know what?
      If there was a patient on the ward with AIDS, quarantines in a corner of the ward…would all the other patients on the ward and their families need to know this information ?!?

      Fear and panic during crisis IS a real problem almost as bad as the illness itself..
      The Govt will tell us what it needs to to keep us safe.

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      • DTB
        March 17, 2020

        Wow, for that you most certainly will get an envelope on next red clinic day. You clearly love to be lied to by your Master.

    • Dean A
      March 15, 2020

      FULLY agree!! This article is a “No news” story – there’s more it is NOT saying than it actually IS saying. All your questions are spot on. Where’s this passenger? Are they being treated (God forbid) in Roseau or Portsmouth hospitals?

      I don’t wish to be a scaremonger – the reality is that this Chinese virus (not saying Coronavirus anymore – it is the Chinese virus) is very likely to remain to spread for the rest of the year. IF a vaccine is found, it’s a vaccine – not a cure. Vaccines work by infecting you with a milder form so you create antibodies to fight it. Now, can the elderly handle that?

      Meanwhile, foreigners will want to come to Dominica in the hope it is a safe haven. Yachts will come unchecked by the wealthy. The economy will be devastated, begging for tourists.

      You really still want this international airport? If there was one, Dominica would already be overrun. The reality is that Dominica is in no position to contain the virus. With no cure yet, KEEP…

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    • Jenny
      March 15, 2020

      If someone has full blown COVID19, he will be very sick. You are right, in the absence of information, there is gross speculation. If he is kept in secret isolation, is he being taken care of? private nurses and doctors? We will wait to see if it is fake news, or whether the outcome is full recovery or a funeral. I hope no one thinks I am insensitive, because we all need to be realistic about this virus situation, and education and information is key.

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    • The Truth Be Told
      March 16, 2020

      Does LIAT only service Dominica? This is the Caribbean airline and that could be Amy where but in your quest to speak negative against those you are against politically, hin ting is Dominica. Why do those things to sow fear in people. Before you talk loosely, first get your facts and not continue in gossip or hateful attitude. If there is any person in DA, we will always know. Stop this idea of wanting to hear what u want to hear instead of the truth. You will understand your attitude when u are confronted with what u have been sowing so long. When someone else will say something that is untrue about you, loved ones or family member. Stop this and hope that this do not come on our shores. Do u remember all those before including the recent ebola? Let us take all necessary precaution.

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