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8,000 Delta Airlines employees have tested positive for Covid in the past 4 weeks

Delta has managed to reduce flight cancellations in recent days and is confident that by the end of February travel will begin to recover again.

Delta has managed to reduce flight cancellations in recent days and is confident that by the end of February travel will begin to recover again.

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Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, commented that about 8,000 of its 75,000 employees tested positive for Covid-19 in the past four weeks, absences that clouded the airline’s financial results in the middle of a Christmas holiday season with very high demand, reported CNBC.

The airline reported a loss for the quarter and anticipated another for the first three months of the year due to the contagious Omicron variant, but he is optimistic because they expect travel to start picking up again at the end of February.

Airlines in the United States have been affected by winter storms and crews infected by Omicron, which caused more than 20,000 flight cancellations in the country in the middle of the Christmas holidays and the first weeks of January.

Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, shared Monday that 3,000 of its nearly 70,000 employees Americans were also infected with Covid.

Fortunately for the Americans cancellations have been reduced significantly in recent days.

Delta has said that its operation has stabilized and that only 1% of their flights were canceled in the last week due to Omicron. Its CEO added that employees who tested positive “had no significant health problems.”

At the end of last year Delta modified its license policy for employees with Covid-19, giving them five pay days, and two additional days if they test positive on the fifth day. Previously, staff had 10 days of paid leave for Covid infections, in addition to regular sick days.

The move came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines for quarantining Covid, cutting its recommendation to five days in half.

However, Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, criticized the policy in a tweet: “(Delta) is telling workers from all workgroups that they should come to work with symptoms, even if someone in the home tested positive. ” He also commented that positive workers were asked to “come to work after 5 days if the fever is below 100.9, even if they still test positive.”

Delta responded with a letter, noting that the union is trying to organize the airline’s flight attendants, in addition to that defended the policy and said it was based on CDC guidance.

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