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Flights from Manila halted as Cathay also gets 2-week ban

03 January 2022

By The SUN 

All passenger flights from Manila have now been suspended until Jan 12 at earliest 

Hong Kong has effectively banned all passenger flights from Manila after Cathay Pacific became the third airline to be suspended from flying in for two weeks from today, Jan 3, 

This was after seven of its passengers on flight CX906 on Jan 1 tested positive on arrival.

On Dec 30, Cebu Pacific’s flight 5J272 was also meted the 2-week ban after three of its passengers tested positive on arrival the day before, while Philippine Airlines’ flight PR300 flew in with six infected passengers on the same day, and got the axe on Dec 31. 

The suspension will last for 14 days in each case, which means Cebu Pac can resume flying in only after Jan 12 and PAL, after Jan 13. The ban on CX will last until Jan 17.


The seven infected passengers on flight CX906 were among 20 travelers from the Philippines, all foreign domestic helpers, who all carried the coronavirus with mutant strains linked to the Omicron variant.

The 13 others all came in via flight PR300 which arrived on Dec 30. The patients tested positive while in quarantine at either Penny’s Bay or Courtyard by Marriott.

At today’s press briefing by the Centre for Health Protection, Dr Albert Au said a total of 20 passengers in that flight alone have been confirmed as Covid positive  

Au also said that 29 additional confirmed cases were recorded as of midnight last night, including the 20 from the Philippines. All but one were imported.

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The remaining imported cases included four from Canada, one from Indonesia, one from Australia, and one from South Africa.

The only non-imported case involved a 38-year-old woman who had lunch with her husband at Moon Palace in Festival Walk on Dec 27, when a newly arrived Cathay aircrew is believed to have spread the mutated virus to fellow diners.

She was sent to Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre on Dec 30 after her husband tested positive for Covid-19 with the Omicron variant. She tested negative on Dec 31 but developed a sore throat the next day, so she was sent to Tuen Mun hospital where she tested positive.


She works in an office in Tsuen Wan and all her coworkers and immediate family members have been moved to Penny’s Bay.

Dr Au said among about 40 preliminary positive cases was a 66-year-old woman who dined in a private room at Moon Palace with eight others at about 12:30 to 1:30pm, just about the time the index patient arrived for a meal with two others.

Au reports 1 more confirmed and 1 preliminary positive cases among Moon Palace diners

The woman lives in Tai Wai and is retired. She was move to Penny’s Bay on Dec 31 after being identified as a close contact and tested positive on Jan 1. If confirmed in a second test, she would be the sixth confirmed case from the restaurant cluster.

Meanwhile, her residential building has been put under an overnight lockdown tonight while tests are carried out on everyone who lives there.


Au said there were 207 customers and 22 staff members at the restaurant during the relevant periods. Of these, 191 have been identified, and will be sent to Penny’s Bay. A further 10 were tracked from their credit card payments and will be put under compulsory quarantine. Six left no contact information and are now being traced.

Also among the notable cases was that of a 45-year-old Cathay Pacific air crew who lives in Tung Chung. He left Hong Kong for Melbourne, Australia on Dec 27 and returned on Dec 30. Previously, he arrived from the UK on Dec 20, and Malaysia on Dec 26.


He tested negative on his arrival in HK so he proceeded to complete his crew quarantine at Headland Hotel in Cathay Pacific city. He tested positive on Day 3.

CHP said it appeared the air crew picked up the virus in Australia but as a precaution, all the places he visited after Dec 20 will be included in a CTN.

Also at the press conference was Dr Sara Ho of the Hospital Authority, who said that a total of 235 patients are currently being treated at the North Lantau Hospital Infection Control Centre. One is in serious condition while the rest are all stable.

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