Large national outbreak of COVID-19 linked to air travel in Ireland, summer 2020

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Fifty-nine laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 from six Irish health regions were linked to an international flight into Ireland in summer 2020

An outbreak case was defined as positive PCR for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (naso-pharyngeal swab) in either a passenger or a contact of a passenger. Thirteen cases were passengers on the same flight to Ireland, each having transferred via a large international airport, flying into Europe from three different continents.

The flight into Ireland was 7.5 h long and had a passenger occupancy of 17% with 12 crew


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** This post was originally published on January 24, 2021 **