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Emirates Quarantine Update: 10 People Hospitalised And Flight Delays Have Followed

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Reports broke last night of the Emirates EK203 flight from Dubai International Airport to JFK in New York, being quarantined on the runway in New York after several passengers fell ill with fevers and coughs.

Emirates confirmed 10 people have been hospitalised – seven of which are Emirates crew members.

Passengers were retained on the plane until the Centre for Disease Control cleared the plane.

Emirates made an initial statement on the matter:

“Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on board flight EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival at JFK, as a precaution, they were immediately checked by local health authorities and those needing medical attention will be attended to.

“All other passengers will be disembarking shortly. The safety and care of our customers is always our first priority and will not be compromised.”

Following the news, the passengers were disembarked from the flight

With three passengers and seven crew members hospitalised – for further care and tests.

One journalist was aboard the flight and sharing updates

The rest were released

It would also affect the returning flight to Dubai from New York, EK204

Emirates reassured its top priority was – and always is – the safety of its passengers and crew

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