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Hong Kong bans Air India flights for 2 weeks over imported coronavirus cases

/ 11:53 AM August 20, 2020
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Air India aircraft are seen parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai on May 28, 2020. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)

HONG KONG — Air India has been banned from flying to Hong Kong for two weeks after a dozen of passengers onboard a flight operated by the airline tested positive for COVID-19, Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP) said on Wednesday.

A total of 13 passengers on an Air India flight from Delhi on Aug 14 were confirmed to have infected with COVID-19 after landing in Hong Kong, prompting the government to suspend its flights from Aug 18 to 31, Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the CHP’s Communicable Disease Branch, told a media briefing.

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It was the first time for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government to ban flights by invoking the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travelers) Regulation, Chuang added.

Hong Kong reported 26 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, including three imported cases. All three cases involved travelers from India, Chuang said.

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The latest infections brought the tally in the financial hub to 4,586.

Since July 25, travelers from high-risk countries, including India, have been required to present a negative COVID-19 testing result taken within 72 hours before boarding.

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