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Hong Kong to Ban Flights From the Philippines, India, Pakistan
Published on: 2021-04-20
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Hong Kong will ban flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 14 days starting Tuesday as the city reported the first two Covid-19 cases of highly transmissible virus variant in the community over the weekend.
 

Visitors who stayed in the three countries more than two hours in the past 21 days will also be restricted from boarding any passenger flights to Hong Kong, the government said Sunday as it classified the countries as areas of “extremely high risk.”
 

The bans stem from a Hong Kong circuit breaker arrangement that was triggered for each of the countries as there had been five or more arrivals with the N501Y mutant coronavirus strain within seven days, the government said. The strain was first detected in South Africa.
 

Hong Kong’s first two cases of mutant coronavirus raised another hurdle in the city’s efforts to bring ongoing waves of Covid cases fully under control. Officials are trying to persuade skeptical residents to get vaccinated — seen as key to re-opening the economy and reviving travel.
 

Neighboring Macao will also require visitors who have been to the three countries to quarantine for 28 days at a designated place upon arrival, according to a government statement.
 

两天新增近50例确诊病例,变种病毒来势汹汹,香港对三个国家实施航班熔断

香港过去两天新增近50例确诊病例,疫情大有复燃之势。更令人担忧的是首度发现本土病例带有N501Y变种病毒,且感染源头不明,社区暴发的概率大增。面对变种病毒来势汹汹,特区政府宣布就印度、巴基斯坦及菲律宾实施地区性航班“熔断机制”,20日起禁止所有从上述地区来港的民航客机着陆香港14天。
 

一名从迪拜抵港的印度裔男子完成21天隔离后,在社区活动8天,其间一直没有病征,直至准备返回迪拜而进行检测时证实感染,感染源头无法确定。18日,与他同住的女性也确诊感染,是香港首例没有外游记录的变种病毒病例。面对输入病例持续增加,澳门18日率先宣布延长印度、巴基斯坦和菲律宾人士隔离28天,随后香港当晚也宣布将就这三国实施地区性航班“熔断机制”,20日起禁止所有从该些地区来港的民航客机着陆香港14天,同时禁止抵港前21天曾逗留上述三国超过两小时的人士登上任何来港的民航客机,为期14天,以避免相关地区人士转机到港。
 

特区政府发言人解释称,由于香港首次在社区发现涉及N501Y变种病毒株的确诊病例,为谨慎起见,依据现行“熔断机制”,追溯过去14天从不同地区抵港而确诊带有N501Y变种病毒株的输入病例,其中印度、巴基斯坦及菲律宾均涉及曾在过去14天内累计7天录得至少5例带有变种病毒株的病例,因此就这三国启动“熔断机制”。此外,特区政府也向从巴西、爱尔兰、南非及英国回港人士发出强制检测公告,要求他们即使在完成21天强制隔离后,仍需要进一步自我监察7天,并在回港后第26天接受检测。19日,香港新增约10例确诊病例,没有源头不明病例,因此未开疫情记者会。

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