29 of 30 confirmed Covid-19 cases imported, mostly from India

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Hong Kong recorded 30 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday—the highest daily tally since last month—bringing the city’s caseload to 11,684.

Of the 29 imported cases, 22 were on board TATA SIA Airlines (Vistara) flight UK6395 on Apr. 4.

They tested positive while under hotel quarantine in hotels across Hong Kong: two Ramada Hong Kong Grand View hotels, the Regal Airport Hotel at Chek Lap Kok, and the Dorsett hotel in Wan Chai.

The airline’s flights had been barred from landing from Hong Kong from Apr. 6 to Apr. 19 under Hong Kong’s flight restriction mechanism. The mechanism was further tightened on Apr. 14.

Four of the new cases came from Indonesia, and one imported case each was recorded from Egypt, Canada, and the Philippines.

The lone local case is a 31-year-old woman who lived in Parkes Building in Jordan, where an Indian Hong Kong ID holder was found to be carrying a more infectious variant of the coronavirus.

Local media report the woman is a friend of the confirmed N501Y case yesterday. She had no symptoms.

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