A flight into Dublin Airport in June has been linked to 59 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
A report by Eurosurveillance confirmed that a 7.5 hour flight, in which 49 of its 283 seats were filled, is believed to have landed at Dublin Airport in June. The statement confirms that the international flight in summer 2020 led to the spread of 59 Covid-19 cases around the country.
The HSE was unable to contact 11 of the 49 passengers on board, and one of the passengers refused to be tested for Covid-19.
Another of the passengers travelled away from Dublin and stayed in “shared accommodation” with 34 other people.
Of these, 25 – who were from all over the country – became infected.
The report into the flight case states: “This outbreak demonstrates the potential for spread of SARS-CoV-2 linked to air travel.
“Onward transmission from 13 passenger cases resulted in a total of 59 cases in six of eight HSE health regions in Ireland, necessitating national oversight of the outbreak.”
A national outbreak control team was convened with the involvement of the Departments of Public Health to investigate, identify and interview cases, oversee contact tracing, and establish control measures.
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