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EIGHT planes put on lockdown at Heathrow Airport amid Coronavirus fears

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Eight planes have been put on lockdown at Heathrow Airport after passengers complained of coronavirus symptoms.

Passengers on a United Airlines flights from San Francisco have been left grounded on the plane after landing because someone onboard may have caught the deadly virus.

Both Public Health England and Heathrow officials have yet to release details about Friday morning’s incident that could involve hundreds of passengers.

an aerial view of a city: Eight planes have been put on lockdown at Heathrow Airport after passengers complained of coronavirus symptoms. Pic: Shutterstock © Provided by Extra.ie Eight planes have been put on lockdown at Heathrow Airport after passengers complained of coronavirus symptoms. Pic: Shutterstock

United Airlines have confirmed that someone had ‘become unwell’ while on board Flight 901 from San Francisco.

‘Our team at London Heathrow Airport is providing assistance related to United flight 901 (San Francisco-London Heathrow) today, following reports of an individual becoming unwell onboard,’ a statement by United Airlines read.

‘The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority and we continue to work closely with local authorities. ‘It is not clear what happened to the passenger who became unwell, nor where they had travelled from.’

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: United Airlines have confirmed that someone had ‘become unwell’ while on board Flight 901 from San Francisco. Pic: Alex Wong/Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie United Airlines have confirmed that someone had ‘become unwell’ while on board Flight 901 from San Francisco. Pic: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Travellers revealed that they were warned by the plane’s caption that they could be on the tarmac for quite some time as ‘seven other planes’ also had suspected cases.

A passenger was then led to the back of the aircraft until health officials arrived.

Other passengers had to fill in a form before workers in hazmat suits came to clean the plane.

a group of people standing around a bag of luggage: Travellers arriving at Heathrow revealed that they were warned by the plane’s caption that they could be on the tarmac for quite some time as ‘seven other planes’ also had suspected coronavirus cases. Pic: Kyodo News via Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie Travellers arriving at Heathrow revealed that they were warned by the plane’s caption that they could be on the tarmac for quite some time as ‘seven other planes’ also had suspected coronavirus cases. Pic: Kyodo News via Getty Images

‘We were told to stay sat until authorities came on board, and he [the captain] said that seven other flights had landed and had a similar situation,’ passenger Andy West told the Mail Online.

‘I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried, my mind started to race.’

Andy West then said every other passenger was allowed to leave half-an-hour later.

a man wearing a hat: Although no cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in San Francisco, there have now been 15 cases of the virus in the US with six cases alone in the state of California. Pic: Xinhua/Long Lei) © Provided by Extra.ie Although no cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in San Francisco, there have now been 15 cases of the virus in the US with six cases alone in the state of California. Pic: Xinhua/Long Lei)

Although no cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in San Francisco, there have now been 15 cases of the virus in the US with six cases alone in the state of California.

Travellers from China have been banned by the US government from entering the country for the past two weeks.

Nine people in the UK have now been tested positive with the virus.

a group of people standing in a room: The World Health Organisation has now named the coronavirus Covid-19 as the death toll continues to rise to 1,300 people with 64,000 people infected worldwide. Pic: Betsy Joles/Getty Images) © Provided by Extra.ie The World Health Organisation has now named the coronavirus Covid-19 as the death toll continues to rise to 1,300 people with 64,000 people infected worldwide. Pic: Betsy Joles/Getty Images)

The World Health Organisation has now named the disease Covid-19 as the death toll continues to rise to 1,300 people with 64,000 people infected worldwide.

No one in Ireland has been confirmed to have the virus yet.

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