The paranoia is such that a group of passengers forced a plane to land for fear that a person who was in the car was infected with the coronavirus.
United Airlines He told AFP that a flight that left Eagle, Colorado, bound for Newark, New Jersey, had to make an unscheduled stopover Sunday afternoon at the Denver International Airport.
The passengers did not follow the instructions of the crew members, forcing the diversion to Denver, where the plane was received by the police and the passengers were removed, he reported KUSA-TV.
Denver police officials said three people were upset by an alleged sick person on the plane, which was later denied.
The airline explained earlier to the local press that the incident “was not in any medical way” and that the stop was because three passengers demanded to get off for fear of being contaminated by the new virus., which has left 26 dead in the United States and thousands in the world.
The person who was sneezing was examined and had a picture of allergies. He was allowed to follow route. The other three preferred to get off and continue their journey on another route, Denver police said.
In the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 420 confirmed cases and 19 deaths.
On the other hand, the global number of patients killed by the epidemic of the new coronavirus on Tuesday exceeded 4,000, according to AFP figures, after China reported another 17 fatalities in its territory.
With the new death toll in China, the total number of fatalities amounted to 4,011 due to the epidemic that has already spread through 100 countries and recorded more than 110,000 confirmed cases of contamination.