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Volume 27, Number 3—March 2021

Genomic Evidence of In-Flight Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Despite Predeparture Testing

Tara Swadi1, Jemma L. Geoghegan1Comments to Author , Tom Devine, Caroline McElnay, Jillian Sherwood, Phil Shoemack, Xiaoyun Ren, Matt Storey, Sarah Jefferies, Erasmus Smit, James Hadfield, Aoife Kenny, Lauren Jelley, Andrew Sporle, Andrea McNeill, G. Edwin Reynolds, Kip Mouldey, Lindsay Lowe, Gerard Sonder, Alexei J. Drummond, Sue Huang, David Welch, Edward C. Holmes, Nigel French, Colin R. Simpson, and Joep de LigtComments to Author 
Author affiliations: New Zealand Ministry of Health, Wellington, New Zealand (T. Swadi, T. Devine, A. Kenny); University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (J.L. Geoghegan); Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Porirua, New Zealand (J.L. Geoghegan, J. Sherwood, X. Ren, M. Storey, S. Jefferies, E. Smit, L. Jelley, A. McNeill, G. Sonder, S. Huang, J. de Ligt); New Zealand Ministry of Health, Wellington (C. McElnay); Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Tauranga, New Zealand (P. Shoemack, K. Mouldey, L. Lowe); Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle, Washington, USA (J. Hadfield); University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand (A. Sporle, A.J. Drummond, D. Welch); iNZight Analytics Ltd., Auckland (A. Sporle); Auckland District Health Board, Auckland (G.E. Reynolds); The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (E.C. Holmes); Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand (N. French); Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington (C.R. Simpson); University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK (C.R. Simpson)

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Table 2

Travel times for 7 passengers with SARS-CoV-2 infection detected after being on flight EK448, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Auckland, New Zealand, September 29, 2020

Variable Date and time of departure country Date and time of New Zealand arrival*
Flight EK448 Departed Dubai Sep 28, 08:29 am Departed Dubai, Sep 28, 5:29 pm
Arrived Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sep 28, 7:11 pm Arrived Kuala Lumpur, Sep 29,12:11 am
Departed Kuala Lumpur Sep 28, 9:03 pm Departed Kuala Lumpur, Sep 29, 2:03 am

Arrived Auckland, Sep 29, at 11:31 am
Arrived Auckland, Sep 29, 11:31 am
Passengers A and B Depart Zurich, Switzerland, Sep 27, 3:25 pm Departed Zurich Sep 28, 2:25 am

Arrive Dubai, Sep 27, 11:02 pm
Arrived Dubai, Sep 28, 8:02 am
Passenger C Departed Kiev, Ukraine, Sep 27, 3:16 pm Departed Kiev Sep 28, 1:16 am

Arrived Dubai, Sep 27, 8:59 pm
Arrived Dubai, Sep 28, 5:59 am
Passenger D Departed Dublin, Ireland, Sep 27, 2:10 pm Departed Dublin Sep 28, 2:10 am

Arrived Dubai Sep 28, 12:05 am
Arrived Dubai Sep 28, 9:05 am
Passenger E Departed Kochi, India, Sep 25, 8:21 am§ Departed Kochi Sep 25, 2:51 pm§
Arrived Dubai Sep 25, 6:35 pm

Arrived Dubai, Sep 25, 10:35 am
Arrived Dubai, Sep 25, 10:35 am
Passengers F and G Departed Johannesburg, South Africa, Sep 27, 5:10 pm Departed Johannesburg Sep 28, 4:10 am
Arrived Dubai Sep 28, 02:45 am Arrived Dubai Sep 28, 11:45 am

*Daylight savings time zone (Greenwich mean time +13 hours).
†Flight EK2354.
‡Flight EK162.
§Flight 6E67.
¶Flight EK762, seats 29 D, E, F, and G.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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