Aer Lingus confirmed that the person from Northern Ireland infected with the coronvirus traveled by plane from Dublin airport from Italy.
The news comes when passengers seated near the woman infected with the first Northern Ireland coronavirus case were contacted by health officials.
Aer Lingus cabin crew who worked on the fly are in solitary confinement for 14 days.
RTE reported that the plane in question was not used for 16 hours after its return to Dublin and that the flight crew, maintenance and cleaning staff who were in contact with the aircraft do not need to take no action.
Aer Lingus states that self-isolation is a precautionary measure, but that it is a stressful time for the people involved and their families.
He said he would not release the flight details to protect the identities of the people involved and that support messages could be sent internally.
Authorities were alerted on Thursday evening after the Public Health Agency (PHA) confirmed that the first case had been detected in Northern Ireland.
The affected woman had flown from northern Italy, where numerous deaths occurred as a result of the disease, to Dublin airport before traveling to Northern Ireland.
Officials from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the Republic worked overnight Thursday to identify those on board the flight.
The woman was reported to have traveled by bus to Dublin Connolly Street station before traveling to Northern Ireland by train.
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Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann said 93 tests have so far been completed here, with one presumed positive.
He said he was reassured that planning for the past four or five weeks, perhaps even longer, at UK level and counterparty management in the Republic of Ireland had been effective.
He added: “In response, our health service and our health systems can actually increase.
“I am reassured that the professionals we have in the healthcare system are well placed to deal with any eventuality.”
He said he always claimed from the start that it was a positive case in Northern Ireland, not if.
“Unfortunately, it turned out to be fair last night, but in the way our system reacted, I was pretty sure we would have the best people to deal with it,” he said.
He said tracking down those who may have had contact with the patient was well advanced and would soon be completed.
“Today I was reassured to the Public Health Agency (PHA) that anyone who was at high risk and who may have been in contact with the person was contacted yesterday evening.”
Members of the public who have traveled between Dublin and Belfast by public transport need not worryDr. Jillian Johnston
Dr. Jillian Johnston, PHA Health Protection Consultant, said: “All phases of the individual’s journey have been identified and those who have come into closer contact have been traced and contacted with advice and guidance on public health.
“I would like to emphasize that members of the public who have traveled between Dublin and Belfast by public transport need not worry.
“Contact traceability is an effective and efficient method conducted by PHA to help prevent further spread of infections such as COVID-19.”
Dr. Johnston said that once a patient is positive for an infectious disease and an interview is conducted with the patient to help identify those with whom he may have come into close contact.
“Once contact is established, appropriate advice can be given to these people depending on whether they are high risk, low risk, or risk free,” he said.
“Regular contact is maintained with those in the highest risk categories and appropriate symptoms will occur if symptoms occur.”
If links exist with another country, the PHA will work with counterparties to investigate potential contacts and actions to be taken.
In a statement Translink stated that PHA has completed the contact tracking process and that Translink is taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus on its fleet.
“We already regularly perform a deep cleaning of our fleet and we have cleaning regimes that include cleaning the surfaces and sanitizing the areas in contact with the hands,” added the spokesman.
“This included additional cleaning of all Enterprise train carriages by us and Irish Rail as an additional preventive measure. We also provided guidance to all staff on the latest tips for maintaining good hand hygiene practices.
“PHA has informed that there is a relatively low level of risk for anyone traveling by public transport and while staff and crew in contact with the public are not considered to be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because of their work, we continue to recommend that all staff and passengers adhere to public health guidelines to help prevent the spread of germs. “
Worldwide, 83,704 people have been infected with the virus. It caused 2,859 victims.
On Friday, Dr. Sarah Doyle, a public medicine consultant at the HSE in the Republic, said that those who were in close or casual contact with the woman had been contacted.
“The people in the closest contact, within two rows, are the people we identify as close contacts and have been contacted by phone and have received adequate advice on self-isolation at home and what to do if they develop symptoms,” Dr. Doyle told RTE Morning Ireland Program.
Dr Doyle also said that those who may have come into contact with the woman on her trip from Dublin to Belfast have been contacted.
Last night the medical director of Northern Ireland, dr. Michael McBride said that the woman followed all the correct protocols.
“The patient who tested positive had contacted their family doctor and self-isolated in line with public health guidelines,” he said.
“The advice to the public remains the same: members of the public who have visited infected regions and are concerned that they may have symptoms compatible with coronavirus are invited to isolate themselves at home and contact their family doctor first.
The infected woman, who is receiving specialist treatment, is believed to have traveled with a child, who is not believed to be in the hospital, but who is awaiting test results.
Numerous transport operators operate services from Dublin Airport to Belfast.
Aircoach said there are currently no changes to travel restrictions with transportation companies due to the coronavirus.
“All of our services operate normally and our terms and conditions apply,” said a spokesman.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and follow all public health instructions issued.”
A Bus Eireann spokesman said he “continues to monitor developments” around the virus.
“We are working internally to prepare contingencies for Covid-19 cases in Ireland, on our services or in our workplaces. Supplies of gel and hand sanitizer wipes are provided to all employees,” they added.
“We will continue to engage and be guided by relevant health agencies and other government agencies to inform decisions as the Covid-19 problem continues.”