Eight more flights, 67 rows affected by COVID-19 at Pearson Airport as Mississauga and Brampton cases soar

Published April 14, 2021 at 5:44 pm

Travel experience at Pearson Airport in Mississauga not chaotic for everyone

The federal government is continuing to report new flights with COVID-19 cases at Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

That includes eight new flights reported recently, all of which were international, landing at Pearson from abroad on between April 8 and 10.

The news comes as Peel continues to struggle with an uptick in COVID-19 cases, particularly in Brampton.

According to Peel’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh, the healthcare system is bracing for disaster as cases of COVID-19 outpace the ability to treat those who now have the virus.

“These are the highest numbers we have seen in our community since the pandemic began in Spring 2020,” said Dr. Loh, who called the current situation “incredibly dire.”

“Area hospitals are bracing for disaster, all surgeries and paediatric admissions have been cancelled and there are callouts to all healthcare providers to support the significant demands for care.”

Across all eight flights at Pearson, 67 rows were affected by COVID-19.

According to the federal government, a row is considered affected if it’s three rows (two rows for business class) behind or in front of a row where a seated person is confirmed to have COVID-19 “during a period when they may have been infectious to others.”

Passengers who were sitting in the affected rows — or all passengers on the flight if rows aren’t specified — are advised to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and contact public health if they start showing symptoms of the virus.

All flight data is listed on the federal government’s website.

Photo courtesy of The Canadian Press

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