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25 new imported cases reported amid global spike in Covid-19 infections

25 December 2021

 By Daisy CL Mandap 

25 newly arrived travelers were confirmed as Covid-19 positive on Christmas Day

Hong Kong reported 25 new imported cases of coronavirus on Christmas Day, which appears to reflect the surge in Covid-19 infections in many parts of the world.

Health officials said the latest cases involve 14 men and 11 women, aged between 21 and 80. They travelled to Hong Kong from 11 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan and South Africa.

A record seven passengers aboard flight CX252 from the UK on Dec 24 all tested positive on their arrival tests at HK Airport, triggering a two-week suspension of the flight.


Five of the patients flew in from Kazakhstan via South Korea on Dec 23, which also triggered a ban on flight KE607 from Seoul.

Separately, four patients were in Hong Kong during the stipulated 21-day incubation period, so compulsory testing orders will be issued at their residential blocks and places they visited at relevant times and dates.

The four include two karate athletes, aged 28 and 33, who live in Ho Pui Tsuen in Kam Tin and the Hong Kong Sports Institute; while the other two, a 35-year-old female flight attendant and a 79-year-old woman, live in Tai Mei Tuk village in Tai Po, and Wing Fai Centre in Fanling.

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The Centre for Health Protection also reported three more patients were found to carry the highly transmissible Omicron variant, raising the total number of cases in Hong Kong to 44.

They include a 64-year-old male toilet cleaner at the airport who is believed to have acquired the coronavirus from a traveler from Ghana. CHP said investigations showed they had identical virus genomes. Thus, the cleaner's case has been classified as an import-related case.

Meanwhile, CHP announced that three airlines have been banned from flying certain routes to Hong Kong for 14 days. These include:

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     - Emirates flight EK 384 from Dubai and Bangkok, as two of its passengers on Dec 23 were confirmed to have Covid-19 on arrival in HK while one passenger failed to comply with pre-boarding requirements. The ban will be enforced from Dec 25 to Jan 7;

     - Korean Air flight KE607 from Seoul, Korea, as five of its passengers on Dec 23 tested positive on their arrival test at HK Airport. The suspension will be from Dec 26 to Jan 8.

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     - Cathay Pacific flight CX252 from London, after 7 of its passengers on Dec 24 were confirmed to have Covid-19 on their arrival test. The ban will be in effect from Dec 26 to Jan 8.

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