Two British Airways baggage handlers have tested positive for Coronavirus as the number of patients diagnosed in the UK today jumped to 163.
The staff members are understood to have been working at Heathrow Airport and have now been placed in self-isolation.
Fears have be raised that the BA baggage handlers could have passed the virus onto passengers’ luggage, as the virus is known to survive on plastic surfaces for up to three days.
A British Airways spokesman confirmed the positive tests, saying: “Public Health England has confirmed that two members of our staff, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
“The colleagues have been isolated and are recovering at home.”