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CX flight from Indonesia suspended after 3 passengers test positive for Covid-19

12 June 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap


CX flight from Jakarta arrived with 3 infected passengers, two of them with mutant virus

Cathay Pacific Airways has been banned from flying from Indonesia for two weeks starting today, Jun 12, after three of its passengers from Jakarta tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Hong Kong yesterday.

According to a statement issued today by the Centre for Health Protection, passenger flight CX 798 has been suspended from flying to Hong Kong from Jun 12 to 25 after three of its passengers were confirmed to have Covid-19 by arrival tests.

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The three passengers, all female domestic helpers, were the only confirmed cases reported today by CHP. Two of them are aged 32, and the other is 39. According to a CHP staff, two were found to carry a mutant strain of the virus.

Fewer than five preliminary positive cases were also reported.

Garuda Indonesia remains suspended until Jun 15 for flying in 4 infected passengers

It is the second time that a passenger flight from Indonesia has been banned in the past 10 days. On Jun 2, Indonesia’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, was also suspended from flying into Hong Kong for two weeks after four of its passengers tested positive on arrival. Three carried a mutated virus.

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Had the infections been detected within a week, they would have triggered a ban on all flights from Indonesia, in line with stricter restrictions imposed by Hong Kong on May 4. Under the new rules, a country ban is imposed if at least five passengers from a place are found to carry the variant on arrival, within a span of seven days.


The new confirmed cases took Hong Kong’s total tally to 11,877.

In its statement today, the government again urged all residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Those who want more information can check the vaccination programme website:

For the latest updates on the Covid-19 situation, log on to the thematic website, Members of the public may also gain access to information via the WhatsApp Helpline, 9617 1823 in their phone contacts or clicking the link

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