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2 more passengers of banned Turkish Air flight test positive for Covid-19

31 August 2021

By The SUN

7 passengers from the Aug 27 Turkish Air flight from Istanbul have tested positive for Covid-19

Two more passengers of a Turkish Airlines flight that arrived in Hong Kong from Istanbul last Aug 27, Friday, have tested positive for Covid-19, raising the number of infections from the flight to seven.

The two, a 2-year-old girl who flew in from Turkey and a 39-year-old man who originated from Greece before taking flight TK083 from Istanbul, were the only confirmed cases today, Aug 31.

The flight was suspended for two weeks starting on Sunday, when three of its passengers were confirmed as Covid positive.


According to staff at the Health Department, the girl was tested positive at a quarantine centre where she was moved after four of her relatives who were with her on the flight, were confirmed to have the coronavirus earlier.

Two of the relatives, both women, were among the three passengers who tested positive on arrival test at Hong Kong airport. The two others, a man and a boy, were confirmed as Covid positive yesterday.

Staff say the result from a variant test carried out on the girls’ specimen is still pending.

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The man from Greece is the seventh passenger of the Istanbul flight to have tested positive for Covid-19. He was also found to carry the L452R mutant strain of the coronavirus.

The man tested positive on his Day 3 sample while in quarantine at Ramada Grand View Hotel in North Point.


He received two jabs of the BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong, on Mar 23 and Apr 13, before leaving for abroad. He also tested positive for antibodies in a test conducted in HK on Jul 13.

The two cases raised Hong Kong’s confirmed Covid-19 infections to 12,113.

A total of 74 cases have been reported in the past 14 days (Aug 17 to 30) including a local case with unknown source, while the rest are imported cases.


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