Chisom Jenniffer Okoye
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5 Mar 2020
6:00 am

Covid-19: To fly or not to fly, that is passengers’ question

Chisom Jenniffer Okoye

The coronavirus outbreak has had a detrimental effect on passenger demand on airlines and Africa could lose millions of rands as a result, but experts say flying remains relatively safe.

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There should be no cause for concern for anyone planning to board a flight amidst the spread of coronavirus, according to experts. Yet millions of people around the world are avoiding air travel, threatening the global airline business. This comes as the fear of the mysterious Covid-19 virus – which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China – grows after the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Tuesday there had been 94,000 infections worldwide and a mortality rate of 3.4%. That death rate makes it about 30 to 40 times more deadly than ordinary influenza, which is a similar...