COVID Travel Restrictions On Flying Were A Total ‘Failure,’ Study Claims

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  • Researchers are calling attempts to keep COVID-19 out of the United Kingdom by testing people at airports during lockdown a complete “failure.” The new report reveals that almost every flight arriving at three U.K. airports during this period of COVID restrictions had the virus in their wastewater.
  • Study authors from the Bangor University add that the virus was also prevalent in the wastewater at airport arrival terminals.
  • The Bangor scientists, who pioneered the use of wastewater testing to track SARS-CoV2 throughout Great Britain, wanted to find out whether the technique could serve as a way of monitoring the general health of passengers on flights coming into the country in the future.

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