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HK suspends flights from India anew as 19 imported cases reported

21 September 2020

By The SUN

It's the second time in 2 months that Air India flights to HK have been suspended

Two airlines that fly from India to Hong Kong have reportedly been suspended for two weeks as eight new arrivals from the South Asian country, aged 8 to 63, were among 19 imported cases of Covid-19 reported today, Sept 20.

The others included three new arrivals from the Philippines, seven from Nepal, and one from Sweden, according to a press release issued by health authorities.

 

The 23 new cases, the highest in nearly a month, took Hong Kong’s total tally to 5,032, with 103 related deaths.

According to various media reports, Air India and Cathay Dragon Flights from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia have been banned from flying into Hong Kong from Sunday until Oct. 3.


This follows a jump in infections among new arrivals from India, some of whom took the Cathay Dragon flights that transit through Kuala Lumpur.

India, along with eight other countries including the Philippines and Indonesia where most foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong come from, were categorized as high risk in late July. This meant that passengers from these countries were required to present a negative result for a nucleic acid test done within 72 hours before their scheduled flight to Hong Kong.

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On Sept 18, five passengers on the Cathay Dragon flight tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival at Hong Kong airport. On the same day, six passengers on an Air India flight that came direct from New Delhi were also found infected on arrival.

This is the second time that Air India flights to Hong Kong have been suspended in as many months. On Aug 14, the airline was first suspended after 11 of its passengers from India tested positive on arrival in Hong Kong. Several others from the same flight were subsequently found infected while in quarantine.

Three arrivals from Manila were also among the 19 imported cases

Meanwhile, the new arrivals from the Philippines who tested positive comprise two women, aged 36 and 40; and a man, aged 29.

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This is the second day in a row that new arrivals from the Philippines, who should have also presented a negative test result prior to boarding, were found infected at the airport.

The biggest number of infected passengers to arrive from Manila on the same flight were the five domestic helpers who flew in aboard Hong Kong Airlines flight on Sept. 9. Four others from the same flight tested positive a few days later.

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Today’s local cases were all linked to previous infections, although all did not show symptoms. Two were traced to an infected man who worked at the Transport City building in Tai Wai, while the two others were family members of two women who earlier tested positive.

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