Two British Airways workers test positive for coronavirus in UK

Two British Airways baggage handlers at London’s Heathrow Airport have tested positive for the coronavirus and are recovering at home, according to reports.

“Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that two members of our staff have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” the airline said in a statement.

Baggage handlers, who work in teams, do not normally have any interaction with passengers.

British Airways and many other airlines have offered unpaid leave to their workers amid a drop in passenger demand due to the deadly outbreak.

The airline, the second-largest in the UK, has canceled hundreds of flights to the Big Apple and other destinations across Europe.

“We continue to closely monitor the situation, and as a precaution we are taking steps to control the costs in our business,” the airline told the Guardian.

As of Friday, the number of confirmed cases in the UK stood at 163, including 147 in England, 11 in Scotland, three in Northern Ireland and two in Wales, according to the Express.