A plane had to turn around and fly 1,000 miles back home because a man on board claimed to have caught the Wuhan coronavirus
A flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica, was forced to turn around and return to Canada after a man stood up and declared that he had contracted the coronavirus while on a recent trip to China. 28-year-old James Potok announced mid-flight on Monday that he had contracted the deadly virus, according to local police. When the plane returned to Toronto's Pearson International Airport the man was assessed by medical staff and was deemed symptom free. Canada confirmed its fifth coronavirus case on Tuesday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
A WestJet flight from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica, was forced to turn around after a man stood up and declared that he had contracted the coronavirus while on a recent trip to China. Peel Regional Police said in a statement that at around 1 p.m. local time on Monday, 28-year-old James Potok announced mid-flight that he had contracted the deadly virus, which has so far killed at least 426 people and infected more than 20,000 across 24 countries. According to police, the announcement was shared with the flight crew, who made the decision to return to Toronto's Pearson International Airport. The man was assessed upon landing back in Toronto at about 2 p.m. and was deemed symptom free. Potok was charged with mischief and is due in Ontario court in March. Data from FlightRadar24 shows the plane's flight path. The aircraft appears to have turned around about two hours into the flight near Jacksonville, Florida.
WestJet said in a statement to CBC that the crew onboard followed the appropriate procedures for infectious disease, including isolating the man. They also apologized the incident. Five people have tested positive for the virus in Canada, including three in Toronto and two in Vancouver, as of Tuesday. At least 62 airlines have canceled flights to China amid coronavirus fears. On Sunday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened a special incident response group to discuss the outbreak and efforts to contain the virus in Canada. "The government remains fully engaged on the issue, and will do all that is necessary to ensure the safety of Canadians, both at home and abroad," Trudeau said in a statement. Trudeau also said that a chartered play would fly to Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the disease currently on lockdown — in the coming days to evacuate Canadians trapped in the city.SEE ALSO: Hawaii says it only got 'two minutes' notice of the Trump administration's plan to quarantine US citizens in Honolulu Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Tesla's Model 3 received top crash-test safety ratings
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