5 FDWs on same flight from PH test positive for coronavirus variant

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Five domestic workers from the Philippines who entered Hong Kong tested positive for a variant of the coronavirus which causes Covid-19, health authorities said Thursday.

A staff member from the Department of Health said all five workers flew into the city via Cebu Pacific flight 5J272 on Mar. 25. They are among the 10 confirmed Covid-19 cases today.

But no mention was made of a ban on the carrier’s flights from Manila, in line with the Hong Kong government’s policy on Covid-19 infection control at its borders.

Earlier, Cathay Pacific planes arriving from Manila were barred from landing in Hong Kong for two weeks after five passengers on one of its flights the weekend prior were confirmed positive for the coronavirus.

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Calls to ban flights from the Philippines arose as over 70 inbound travelers from Manila have tested positive for coronavirus variants of concern.

Another case with a variant of SARS-CoV-2 involved a domestic worker from Indonesia who arrived on Mar. 19.

Two other domestic workers from Indonesia were also found infected with SARS-CoV-2, but not with a variant of concern.

One of the two local cases confirmed today was linked to an earlier confirmed Covid-19 infection.

The other local case has no traceable origin of infection and was already reported as preliminarily positive yesterday: a 70-year-old resident in Oi Fai House of Yau Oi Estate in Tuen Mun.

Thursday’s tally brought the city’s Covid-19 caseload to 11,550.

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