Authorities plans to revise illness prevention guidelines after a number of incidents of pilots and flight attendants breaking well being laws
By Shelley Shan / reporter
The federal government plans to ban flights from the UK, as different international locations have executed to stem the unfold of a brand new pressure of COVID-19 that’s stated to be extra contagious, Transport and Communications Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) stated yesterday, including that the Central Outbreak Command Middle (CECC) would make the ultimate choice on the matter.
Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Eire, Israel, Italy, and the Netherlands are among the many international locations and areas which have positioned journey curbs within the UK.
"We’re discussing the newest developments with the CECC," Lin instructed reporters on the sidelines of an occasion in Taipei.
Individually, Minister of Well being and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中), head of CECC, stated that Taiwan at the moment has no plans to ban flights from the UK.
Individuals touring from the UK should current a certificates stating that they’ve examined unfavorable for COVID-19 in a polymerase chain response (PCR) take a look at earlier than being allowed to board a airplane, he instructed reporters, including that in addition they need to endure a 14-day Quarantine upon arrival in Taiwan.
Lin was requested if the federal government would revise the illness.
prevention laws for pilots and flight attendants after three pilots from EVA Airways Corp (長榮 航空) examined constructive for COVID-19 following cargo flight in the USA , turning into Circumstances Nos. 760, 765 and 766.
A subsequent CECC investigation discovered that Case # 765, a New Zealander, didn’t put on a masks throughout the flight, regardless of his signs, and sure contaminated his colleagues throughout the flight.
Earlier this month, three flight attendants from EVA Air and two cabin crew from China Airways Ltd (中華 航空) violated quarantine guidelines for airline employees.
“The federal government has set very clear illness prevention tips to control employees within the civil aviation business amid the pandemic. In view of current violations by pilots and flight attendants, I requested officers within the Civil Aeronautics Administration [CAA] and the ministry's Division of Aviation and Navigation to suggest revisions to the rules. We’re speaking with the CECC officers on how they need to be executed, ”Lin stated, including that the CAA had provided a number of choices.
Freight pilots would even be anticipated to stick strictly to tips and could be punished if they didn’t comply with laws, he stated.
Any breach of sickness
prevention laws may develop into a loophole resulting in the unfold of the illness, prompting the federal government to additional tighten restrictions on airline employees, he added.
At the moment, pilots and flight attendants are to be quarantined for 3 days and 5 days respectively, he stated.
EVA Air stated in an announcement that it has repeatedly reminded cabin crew members to strictly adhere to illness prevention laws in Taiwan and different international locations, together with carrying masks all through. alongside a flight, besides when consuming.
Those that didn’t comply with the laws could be held accountable following an investigation, he stated.
The Taoyuan Pilots Union stated airways and flight crew members ought to cooperate with the CECC when it conducts contact tracing of COVID-19 sufferers.
"We wish to remind all flight crew members that they need to comply with illness prevention measures and take their private well being into consideration earlier than reporting for work. Pilots would solely be thought-about to be appearing in knowledgeable method if they don’t seem to be working when they’re in poor health, ”the union stated.
Cargo pilots should comply with quarantine guidelines to maintain airways working, as carriers have suffered heavy losses attributable to lowered passenger site visitors, the union stated, including that public help for the pilots of cargo ships would assist them keep them throughout this troublesome time.
Further reporting by Lin Liang-sheng
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