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Contextual information regarding airport handout given to disembarking passengers early in the COVID-19 outbreak

Saturday 21 March 2020Media release2 minutes to read

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Contextual information regarding airport handout given to disembarking passengers early in the COVID-19 outbreak

To clarify misinformation circulating on some social media sites, please see below context around when a particular leaflet was used.

It’s important to stress, it hasn’t been used for some weeks, and was only given to people when the virus was in Wuhan only, very early on in the outbreak.

Please share this information with anyone who has concerns regarding this outdated flyer.

Passenger leaflet

The flyer in question was used early on in the outbreak and handed to passengers disembarking from flights arriving in Christchurch from mainland China.

The first flight was met on Monday 27 January 2020.

At that time the virus was commonly referred to as Wuhan Coronavirus. 

As the virus spread, the name changed: first to coronavirus, then COVID-19. These are the terms used in our subsequent posters and flyers.

This is an old, outdated flyer that was handed to people arriving at airports at the beginning of the outbreak.

It is unfortunate it is being shared on social media as if it is a current resource being used. It isn’t.

Canterbury DHB apologises for any offence caused by the circulation (on social media) of this outdated airport-handout flyer.

ENDS

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