The Jakarta Post
Lion Air has confirmed that a passenger named Jin was one of 188 passengers on a flight from Wuhan to Denpasar on Jan. 22. An air traveler with the same name was previously reported as testing positive for the novel coronavirus, but it is not confirmed whether the identities match.
In a media statement received by The Jakarta Post, Lion Air confirmed that JT2618 flew from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Huangpi District to I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on Jan. 22 and that the flight carried two pilots, one co-pilot, six cabin crew members, two technicians and 188 passengers.
“All passengers, including Jin, were checked by a medical team from I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport’s port health office and there was no indication of a virus infection,” Lion Air Group corporate communications strategic officer Danang Mandala Prihantoro told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. He said he was checking the manifest to confirm whether there were other passengers who had "Jin" in their name.
Earlier, the Huainan Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Feb. 5 that a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus, identified only as Jin, flew on Lion Air flight JT2618 from Wuhan to Bali on Jan. 22. The patient stayed on the island for about a week before flying on Garuda Indonesia flight GA858 from Bali to Shanghai on Jan. 28.
The Chinese authority instructed the public in its announcement that passengers of the two flights should impose self-quarantine measures, head to a hospital wearing a mask if they have a fever and avoid public transportation.
When and where Jin was infected with the virus remains unclear. Lion Air, however, had no plans to notify other passengers about undergoing a medical examination, Danang said. He refused to go into detail about Jin’s identity.
Danang said JT2618 was well-prepared with all crew members and passengers having gone through a medical examination as required before departure. The flight departed on schedule at 5:05 p.m. local time in Wuhan, Hubei, and landed at the Bali airport at 10:55 p.m. Central Indonesia time.
Upon arriving in Bali, Danang said, technicians had worked together with the relevant parties to spray disinfectant in the aircraft according to standard procedures.
“This is to ensure the safety, security and comfort of air travel for flight crew and passengers, especially in anticipation of the coronavirus outbreak as notified by local authorities,” Danang added.
Lion Air had operated three flights a week, every Wednesday (including on Jan. 22), Friday and Sunday, carrying passengers on flight JT2619 from Bali to Wuhan and flight JT2618 from Wuhan to Bali, before it canceled all Bali-Wuhan international flights on Jan 29.