A seven-hour worldwide flight to Ireland this summer time has been linked to 59 coronavirus circumstances within the nation, Irish researchers stated in a report.

Thirteen of the 49 passengers onboard examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus, although the flight was solely 17 p.c full, in accordance to the report launched final week by the Irish Department of Public Health. Those 13 passengers went on to infect 46 extra individuals all through Ireland, the report says, which “demonstrates the potential for spread of SARS-COV-2 linked to air travel.”

The report didn’t disclose the airline or the place the flight originated however stated the circumstances and their subsequent unfold present that “restriction of movement on arrival and robust contact tracing” can restrict travel-linked transmissions of the coronavirus.

Masks had been utilized by 9 of these 13 contaminated passengers, with one baby not carrying a masks and three passengers’ masks use “unknown,” the report famous.

Out of the 13 who examined optimistic after the flight, 12 turned symptomatic. The 13 ranged in age from 1 to 65. Four had been hospitalized, with one ending up in intensive care.

The report confirmed the circumstances on an in-flight map of the plane, which had a three-by-three configuration.

“Four of the flight cases were not seated next to any other positive case, had no contact in the transit lounge, wore face masks in-flight and would not be deemed close contacts under current guidance from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC),” the report states. Researchers outlined “close contacts” on the flight as passengers inside two seats of each other in each route.

Symptoms started to seem within the earliest circumstances two days after the flight, and the most recent case linked to the airplane skilled signs 17 days after the flight. Researchers famous that the (*59*) though one passenger reported {that a} member of the family that had examined optimistic three weeks earlier than the flight.

“Air travel has accelerated the global pandemic, contributing to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) throughout the world,” the examine stated. Researchers say the flight-linked circumstances present “the nature of transmission on board, despite implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions” corresponding to masks.

In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that almost 11,000 individuals have been probably uncovered to the coronavirus on flights. A examine launched this month by the Defense Department that simulated in-flight transmission of the virus advised that air passengers would want to be close to an infectious individual on a airplane for 54 hours to obtain a major dose of the virus. The examine has not but been peer reviewed.

The report was revealed the identical week that Ireland reimposed a stay-at-home order for six weeks in an effort to curb the unfold of the virus. Daily new circumstances peaked on Oct. 18 with greater than 1,200 new infections.

Ireland didn’t require coronavirus exams for entry this summer time, in accordance to the Irish Times, however the nation has required 14-day quarantines for arrivals from sure nations. In September, Ireland angered airways by tightening these guidelines for some European nations, in accordance to Reuters.

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