Eight planes put on lockdown at Heathrow over coronavirus fears

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Sat, 15 Feb 2020 - 10:12 GMT

Passengers arrive at LAX from Shanghai, China, after a positive case of the coronavirus was announced in the Orange County suburb of Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2020. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

Passengers arrive at LAX from Shanghai, China, after a positive case of the coronavirus was announced in the Orange County suburb of Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2020. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu

LONDON, Feb 15 (MENA) - Eight planes at Heathrow Airport were grounded Saturday morning after passengers complained of coronavirus symptoms.

Passengers on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco were told to stay put after landing because someone on board may have caught the deadly flu-like disease.

The captain reportedly warned they could be stuck on the tarmac for some time as the alarm had been raised on ‘seven other planes’.

A British Airways flight from Kuala Lumpur was understood to have been held up for two hours after staff became concerned a Malaysian family ‘of around eight’ could be carrying the bug.

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