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Coronavirus: Some staff of Yaoundé airport quarantined due to flaws in health security

Coronavirus: Some staff of Yaoundé airport quarantined due to flaws in health security

Paru le jeudi, 26 mars 2020 11:34

Aéroports du Cameroun (ADC), the company in charge of the management of Cameroon’s airport platforms, recently made disturbing revelations about how Air France (AF900) and SN Brussel (SN 371) flights of March 17 were handled at Yaounde-Nsimalen airport.

According to Léopold Longo, Chief Operating Officer at the ADC, there were serious health security flaws in the way those flights were handled, namely Air France passengers’ access to the airport terminal. According to the manager, "These passengers, who are potential carriers of the covid-19 virus, could have infected the airport facilities they used while they were inside the terminal, thus exposing the staff on duty at the time" to infection risks.

The executive indicates that although there is a proven absence of contagion among the ADC staff, those on duty at the port from 8 pm on March 17 to 8 am on March 18, including cleaners, should observe a quarantine period, following the recommendations of health authorities. In that regard, they were allowed a period of justified absence of eight days, which started on March 24, 2020.

The Chief Operating Officer, therefore, asks the remaining staff to ensure all the special flights, which benefited from the government's waivers, are handled suitably to avoid contact with passengers on these flights. They are required to prohibit both passengers and crew members from entering the terminal.


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