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8 recent arrivals from Pakistan found with Covid-19

22 May 2020

By The SUN

All the new cases flew into Hong Kong from Pakistan via Doha in Qatar
Hong Kong has recorded eight new cases today, May 21, seven of them involving patients who all flew in aboard a Qatar Airways flight from Pakistan via Doha yesterday. The other one arrived on Saturday and fell sick in a quarantine center yesterday.

They brought the city’s total tally to 1,063 after three days of no new cases.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said the new cases included  three females who are all related, aged between 11 and 31; as well as a 56-year-old man and his two sons, aged 14 and 22.

They all flew aboard flight QR 818 which arrived in Hong Kong yesterday.

A 25-year-old man on the same flight also tested positive today.

The eighth case is  a 73-year-old woman who returned from Pakistan on Saturday via QR 818, along with two other relatives who tested positive earlier.
She developed fever and breathing difficulties yesterday while under quarantine in Chun Yeung estate, and was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment.

Dr Chuang said 20 out of some 1,000 residents who returned from Pakistan recently have so far been found to have the virus. Because of the high rate of infection among the new returnees, she said the mandatory quarantine for those arriving from Pakistan will remain in place.
Dr Chuang says the high rate of infection among the new arrivals from Pakistan means the mandatory quarantine will stay

As of noon today, only 31 Covid-19 patients are still in hospital, after three more patients were discharged over the past 24 hours. A total of 1,028 patients have been discharged, while 4 have died.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old man was sentenced to four weeks in jail in Kowloon City court today for violating his compulsory quarantine.

Tunghayan ang isa na namang kwentong Dream Love.

The man was found to have left his quarantine place before the expiration of the 14-day period without reasonable excuse, or permission from an authorized officer.

He was stopped by staff of the Immigration Department at a border control point, and charged with contravening sections 8(1) and 8(5) of the Quarantine Regulation.

A spokesman for the Department of Health (DH) said the sentence sends a clear message to the community that breaching a quarantine order is a criminal offence and that the Government will not tolerate such actions.

Pindutin para sa detalye

The spokesman said compliance with quarantine orders is of paramount importance in Hong Kong’s fight against COVID-19.

Pursuant to the Regulation, save for exempted persons, all persons who have stayed in the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan in the 14 days preceding arrival in Hong Kong, regardless of their nationality or travel documents, will be subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days.

Starting on Mar 19, the Regulation was extended to all persons arriving from all other places overseas.

Those found violating their quarantine order are subject to a maximum fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for six months.

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