Qatar Airways flights from Doha banned as HK reports five imported cases

Local | 18 Oct 2021 2:55 pm

Hong Kong reported five new imported Covid-19 cases on Monday as the city bans Qatar Airways flights from Doha.

The Centre for Health Protection said that Qatar Airways flights from Doha will be barred from landing in Hong Kong from today until October 31.

The Department of Health’s move came after two of the airline’s QR818 passenger flights from Doha, which arrived in Hong Kong on October 13 and 16, each had two passengers confirmed with Covid-19 on arrival.

Meanwhile, the imported patients today were all men aged 29 to 59 years, flying into the city from the Philippines, United Kingdom, Ghana, and Nigeria. They didn’t develop any symptoms and were all found to be carrying the L452R mutant Covid strain.

Four of them were fully vaccinated with both doses of the Sinovac vaccine and BioNTech vaccine, while the remaining patient had received a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Hong Kong’s Covid tally now stands at 12,300.

Over the past fortnight a total of 68 cases have been reported, with 67 imported cases and the remaining one a  local case from an unknown source.

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