The incidence of contracting the Coronavirus pandemic while onboard is very low, according to a  recent report of the Air Transport Association (IATA).

IATA has revealed that since the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread, there have been only 44 cases of infections associated with a flight journey, even though nearly 1.2 billion travellers have completed their planned trips, VisaGuide.World reports.

 “The risk of a passenger contracting COVID-19 while onboard appears very low. With only 44 identified potential cases of flight-related transmission among 1.2 billion travellers, that’s one case for every 27 million travellers. We recognize that this may be an underestimate, but even if 90 per cent of the cases were unreported, it would be one case for every 2.7 million travellers. We think these figures are extremely reassuring. Furthermore, the vast majority of published cases occurred before the wearing of face coverings inflight became widespread,” IATA’s Medical Advisor, Dr David Powell, stressed.

A similar opinion was expressed by a considerable number of travellers in the United States. According to a survey conducted in the United States, sixty-four per cent of the United States’ passengers emphasized that if persons test negative for the COVID-19, should not be required to follow the imposed quarantine rules. The survey was previously published by IATA.

Due to the current pandemic situation, the International Air Transport Association previously urged the authorities in the United States to relax quarantine rules with a pre-departure Coronavirus testing process. The recall of the US governments came in a bid to help reunite a large number of persons who remain stranded in different countries, for the winter’s holiday season.

IATA has estimated that the replacing of quarantine with the testing regime and financial aid are top priorities that could help Southern Africa’s aviation sector to recover from the damages caused by COVID-19.

On its recent report, IATA stressed that Southern Africa’s countries risk losing a total of 60 per cent of airline revenues during this year. The association has predicted that the number of passengers could decrease by 58 per cent.

The Air Transport Association has continuously called on governments across the world to relax the imposed travel restrictions.

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