Qantas uses HERPES disinfectant during a 36-hour deep cleaning of its planes in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly corona virus
- Qantas provided aircraft with comprehensive 36-hour clean after transporting Wuhan passengers
- The cabin of the aircraft was sprayed twice with the disinfectant that kills the corona virus
- Items such as pillows, blankets and headphones were thrown away and replaced
Qantas has used a hospital-quality cleaning solution that can stop sexually transmitted diseases to clean aircraft with people from Wuhan.
Qantas flew three planes with passengers from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak back to Australia.
The airline has stepped up their cleaning efforts in an effort to ensure that their future commercial passengers were at minimum risk.
Qantas crews gave the Boeing 747 an extensive 36-hour cleaning before resuming its typical flight schedule.
The cabin of the aircraft was sprayed twice with an intense disinfectant.
Qantas flew three planes with passengers from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak back to Australia
This included all seats, armrests, trays, luggage compartments, walls and floors.
Qantas used Viraclean to clean the plane, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Viraclean is a medical disinfectant that has been proven to kill germs of herpes, E coli, hepatitis B and salmonella.
Items such as pillows, blankets and headphones were removed, quarantined and discarded before being replaced with a new version.
Qantas aircraft also have HEPA filters, which are used in operating rooms of hospitals and replace air in booths every three to five minutes.
This means that the air is cleaner than in most forms of public transport.
The cleaning procedures that Qantas used exceeded the procedures they had before the SARS crisis and were developed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
The airline has stepped up their cleaning activities to ensure that their future commercial passengers were at minimum risk. Pictured: Wuhan evacuees who flew to Darwin on a Qantas plane
Four flights – including one diverted through New Zealand – have trapped Australians at home after the outbreak.
Three of them were Qantas flights.
Those people were taken to Christmas Island and the village of Manigurr-ma in Howard Springs, an old mining camp about 30 km from Darwin, for a 14-day quarantine.
Qantas crews gave the Boeing 747 an extensive 36-hour cleaning before resuming its typical flight schedule (stock)
Australians who were on the cruise ship for Japan – Diamond Princess – returned to Darwin with a Qantas flight last week.
Some of those people have since left their quarantine and have returned to daily life.
About 170 people were taken to the Howard Springs facility, where they will spend the next 14 days.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
- Three men, 43, 53 and 35 years old who had recently traveled to China, have confirmed that they have contracted the disease.
- Two flew in from Wuhan, while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, South China.
- They were treated isolated at Westmead Hospital
- A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person who tested positive for the disease in NSW.
- The woman, a student at the UNSW, flew on flight MU749 to Sydney International Airport on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
- A Chinese citizen aged fifty will be the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Australia.
- The man flew from Wuhan via Guangzhou to Melbourne on January 19 on the Southern Southern flight CZ321.
- He was quarantined at the Monash Hospital in Clayton in the east of Melbourne.
- A Victorian man in his sixties is diagnosed with the corona virus.
- He became unwell on January 23 – two days after his return from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
- The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Center.
- A woman in her forties has a corona virus.
- She was visiting from China and mainly spent time with her family.
- She is being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
- A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus
- Two passengers left positively from the Diamond Princess cruise ship test
- Third passenger takes off the cruise ship test positive
QUEEN COUNTRY: 8
- Queensland confirms its first case after the virus was diagnosed with a 44-year-old Chinese national. He is being treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- A 42-year-old Chinese woman who traveled in the same Wuhan travel group as the 44-year-old man tested positive. She is in stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- The corona virus has been diagnosed in an eight-year-old boy. He also comes from the travel group where the other Queensland cases came from
- The case was found in a 37-year-old man who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast
- A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with the corona virus of the same travel group that flew from Melbourne to Queensland on January 27
- Two Queensland women, 54 and 55 years old, tested positive for COVID-19 and are flown to Brisbane for further treatment.
- A 57-year-old woman from Queensland also tests positive for the virus
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 3
- A Chinese couple in their sixties who arrived from Wuhan in Adelaide to visit relatives confirmed that they have coronavirus.
- A 24-year-old woman from South Australia has been transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1
- A 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth
JAPAN / DARWIN: 22
- 15 Australians were among 219 confirmed coronavirus cases contracted aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.
- Seven passengers aboard the Diamond Princess then tested positive for the corona virus after arriving at the facility at Manigurr-ma Village Howard Springs in Darwin