Hong Kong bans Cathay Pacific flights from HCMC for 2 weeks

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Planes from Cathay Pacific and its regional brand Cathay Dragon are parked on the tarmac at Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong, October 24, 2020. Reuters Photo / Tyrone Siu

Authorities in Hong Kong have banned Cathay Pacific flights from HCMC for two weeks starting December 10 after three passengers on a flight tested positive for Covid-19.

Two women, aged 27 and 48, and a man, 57, arrived in Hong Kong last Wednesday from the Vietnamese city, The standard The newspaper reported quoting a source from the island’s Center for Health Protection.

The women had received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Vietnam and the man had received two doses of BioNTech in Hong Kong.

They had the L452R mutant strain, found in the Delta variant, but no symptoms, according to the journal.

Vietnam is now listed as a medium risk area under Hong Kong‘s Five-Tier System for Overseas Covid Threats. This means fully vaccinated travelers are quarantined for seven days upon arrival at an approved hotel and must provide a certificate of vaccination and a negative PCR test.

Hong Kong has recorded at least five Omicron cases while Vietnam has detected none so far. But he’s seeing a steady rise in Delta infections.

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