2 Korean Air Flight Attendants Diagnosed with CovID19
South Korean government officials on Saturday (Seoul time) revealed that a second cabin crew member working for Korean Air has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
The 36-year-old was determined infected after serving on the same KE012 flight between Incheon and Los Angeles on February 19 and 20 as the first Korean Air flight attendant who was diagnosed last week.
According to the company, the rest of the cabin crew that worked that route on those dates have tested negative. There are, however, 30 other flight attendants who have been quarantined as a precaution.
The first crewmember had also worked the Incheon-Tel Aviv route and may have contracted the virus from South Korean churchgoers who went on a pilgrimage to Israel and stayed in the country February 8 – 16. Of those 39 pilgrims who traveled as a group, 30 were subsequently found infected with CovID-19.
Late last week, the South Korean consulate in L.A. released a statement about the first flight attendant’s itinerary. During her brief layover in Los Angeles, she visited only two places, neither one of which was in or near Koreatown. Those two places have yet to be revealed.
As of Saturday morning in Seoul, the country has a reported total of over 6,700 confirmed cases. About 135 have totally recovered while 52 are in serious or critical condition. The death toll is at 44.
* Featured photo of KAL flight attendants above does not include the infected cabin crew.