A British Airways flight from Heathrow Airport to Italy was delayed on Monday morning as a passenger erupted in panic following the huge coronavirus outbreak in the country.
According to NBC Foreign Correspondent Molly Hunter, she said on Twitter, “At #Heathrow, our BA #Milan flight is delayed – the captain just announced there are passengers (I count 3) on board who don’t want to travel due to #coronavirus.
“Already pushed back… now re-attaching.”
British Airways confirmed the flight was delayed for a short as a passenger changed their mind about travelling to Italy.
The number of confirmed cases in Italy has hit 152 people and on Sunday a third person died.
Italian authorities have implemented measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus as 50,000 people have been quarantined.
The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte said, “We have adopted a decree to protect the health of Italians, which is our priority and which ranks first in the list of constitutional values.”
Conte is urging his citizens to “have faith in the political and scientific institutions, which are doing everything possible.”
Roberto Burioni, a professor of microbiology and virology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, which has also closed, said, “Unfortunately, we haven’t managed to limit the spread of the virus.
“And we need to face the fact that it is spreading quickly. At first, we thought that the virus was only abroad, but now it is also in Italy.
“People should try not to panic but limiting the spread is, in part, down to our behaviour. Those who have been in contact with someone infected must isolate themselves.
“Crowded places should also be avoided, sacrifices need to be made to try to overcome the virus.”