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Flight crew with Omicron suspected to have infected two local residents

30 December 2021

By The SUN 

The suspected cross infection is said to have occurred at Moon Palace in Festival Walk

A Cathay Pacific crew member who was confirmed to carry Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Wednesday is suspected of having passed on his infection to a relative and a fellow diner at a Kowloon Tong restaurant.

Reports say the crew member had lunch on Monday, Dec 27, with his 76-year-old father and a female relative at Moon Palace in Festival Walk on Monday, Dec. 27, between 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

The elderly man tested preliminary positive for the N501Y and T478 mutant strains after he and the female relative were taken to Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre as close contacts of the aircrew.



A 34-year-old male diner who had sat with three family members at a separate table nearby has also tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 with the N501Y and T478 mutant strains.

The man had himself tested on Dec 28 in compliance with a compulsory testing notice, but was found negative. But after he developed symptoms on Wednesday he went by light rail to Tuen Mun Hospital where he tested positive for Covid-19 with the N501Y and T478 mutant strains.

A press release issued by the Centre for Health Protection late on Thursday said the two cases have been classified as import-related cases.


If their infections are confirmed tomorrow, it would mark the first time that the highly contagious Omicron variant had been passed on within the community.

Health authorities have announced a lockdown on the elderly man’s residential building at Wing Chak House, Chak On Estrate in Shek Kip Mei, starting at 7 tonight.

All residents there are required to undergo tests by 1am tomorrow, Friday. The lockdown is expected to be lifted by 7am.

As the other patient lives in a standalone village house in Tuen Mun no lockdown was issued in relation to him. 

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Separately, a third preliminary positive case involving another male Cathay aircrew was reported by the Centre for Health Protection tonight.

The imported case involves a 37-year-old male aircrew who  lives in Block A, Hoi Tao Building, 7-11 Belchers Street, Kennedy Town. He left Hong Kong for the United States on Dec 22 and returned on Dec 25 aboard flight CX840.

He is a co-worker of an earlier confirmed imported case with the Omicron variant, and they arrived in Hong Kong together.

In a follow-up test on Dec 27 he tested negative. But after his colleague tested positive he was sent to Penny’s Bay where he tested preliminarily positive on Dec 29 with a Ct value of about 25 involving the N501Y mutant strain.

His residential block in Kennedy Town has been put on overnight lockdown starting at 10pm tonight.

The CX aircrew arrived from the US on Dec 25 and tested negative at HK Airport

Meanwhile, Moon Palace was closed early this afternoon for disinfection. The CHP said it had gathered 44 environmental samples from the restaurant for testing, and the results are still pending.

Staff at the restaurant have all been sent to PBQC as a precaution.

The Cathay crewman who had dined there arrived in Hong Kong from the United States aboard CX2807 on Christmas Day, and tested negative at the airport. In line with regulations, he proceeded to his flat at Tower1 of TheSeacrest in Tuen Mun.

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On the day he arrived, he reportedly met up at his home with a Cathay colleague who arrived from the US just a day earlier. This colleague tested positive for Covid-19 on Dec 27.


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