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Coronavirus patient tries to board flight to Florida at Maine airport



A man who tested positive for coronavirus last week tried to board a plane linked to Florida at Maine airport on Sunday, but was stopped by government officials.

The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it contacted the man at the Portland International Jetport and persuaded them to stay out of the flight.

“CDC staff in Maine communicated with the person with COVID-19, who later chose not to board the plane,” they said in a statement.

Another man traveling with a coronavirus patient boarded the plane but was later removed, the agency said.

The person who tested positive returned to isolation, as did the person traveling with them, but it is unclear whether they became infected with the virus.

The Maine CDC warned travelers and workers who were at the airport between 1

2:30 and 16:00 on Sunday that they may have been exposed to a coronavirus.

Researchers have found that flying a coronavirus can lead to clusters of bugs.

A new study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases found that a sick airline passenger had spread coronavirus to 15 other people on board during a March flight from London to Vietnam.


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